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Chikungunya-like symptoms force adjournment of court cases

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

There are indications that the chikungunya virus has begun affecting the local court system.




This after a number of cases had to be adjourned in the Gun Court this week.



The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that witnesses, including police officers could not attend court this week because of chikungunya-like symptoms.



In several of the cases, the accused were reportedly present but the cases had to be adjourned because of the absence of witnesses.



It is also understood that court staff are also being affected by the mosquito-spread virus.



Prosecutors and lawyers told our news centre today that they fear the virus is going to add to the already large backlog of cases in the courts.



The Home Circuit Court, where the Gun Court sits, has more than 500 cases in backlog.



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