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New measures announced to address case backlog in Home Circuit Court

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 1:24 PM

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has announced new measures to clear the backlog of cases in the Home Circuit Court.

According to the Chief Justice, cases which have been on the court's list for over five years without being tried are to be put on a special list.

She says these cases are to be sent to a special court for mention between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each Wednesday.

The Chief Justice also says two judges will be assigned to address these cases.

She was speaking this morning at the opening of the Hilary term of the Home Circuit Court.

Last term, there were 578 cases on the court’s list and only 72 were disposed of.

The remaining 506 cases were traversed to the current term.

16 new cases have been added for a total of 522 cases on the court’s list for the Hilary term.

Of these, more than 300 are murder cases and some 129 are in relation to sexual offences.