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Juror shortage concerns Llewellyn

Published:Saturday | September 20, 2014 | 6:20 PM

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has revealed that only 27 persons were present for jury duty when the new session of the St Catherine Circuit Court opened Tuesday.

And Miss Llewellyn told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre today that four out of the 27 had a medical certificate which excused them from serving.

The nation’s chief prosecutor reports that it was a similar story in St James, although she could not immediately provide the figures.

The disclosures come as Llewellyn sought to bring attention to the shortage of jurors plaguing the local courts.

As a result, she says persons who are summoned for jury duty are not playing their part as responsible citizens to help bring criminals to justice.

She says the St Catherine Circuit Court opened with 24 murders and 111 sexual offences listed among the 169 matters down for jury trial.

However, she said of the 390 jury summonses sent out, only 40 were returned as having been served.

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