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Judge lashes lawyers who waste the court’s time

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:57 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith has come down hard on attorneys who waste the court’s time.

Smith says she takes a dim view of the way some attorneys treat the court with the utmost disdain and disregard for judicial time.

She was expressing disgust in the case of the two men charged with the murder of 74-year-old St Ann resident Florist Clarke.

The case had to be put off again today because of the absence of attorney, Donald Bryan, who is one of the lawyers in the matter.

The case has been facing delays for the past two weeks because of Bryan’s absence.

The attorney left the island recently and did not give the court a reason for his absence.

The matter was adjourned today for the case to be mentioned.

However, Bryan did not turn up for the case this morning.

This forced the case to be adjourned to January 4 next year.

Smith said Bryan’s absence has affected both his clients and the 12-member jury.

The judge said she will not rush to judgement.

However, she says she expects a good explanation from the attorney for his absence when the case is again called up for mention in 2016. 

She extended the bail for the accused men stating that, while she has the discretion to revoke bond she does not believe clients should suffer because of their lawyer’s behaviour.