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Police sick out: No prisoners taken to court

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 1:35 PM

The country’s court system has been severely affected by the industrial action taken by rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Due to the hundreds of officers which have called in sick, its understood that there was no one available to transport prisoners to court.

As a result, the Home Circuit and Gun Courts could only process cases involving persons who were out on bail.

It is understood that only a hand full of officers turned up for work today at the Home Circuit Court to process accused.

And it is understood that only one officer showed up at the Gun Court this morning, which handles the majority of cases in the court system.

Over in St James, only one court in the parish sat today as others were affected by the police protest.

Meanwhile, despite news of widespread disruptions to the court system, Head of the JCF’s Services Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leon Rose says the branch has not been affected significantly by the sick out.

The Services Branch covers the Constabulary’s Transport and Repairs Division, Telecommunications, Detention, Courts and Remand Centres.