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Lottery scamming offences accounting for a third of cases in St James court

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 11:46 AM
Chief Justice Zaila McCalla revealed this morning that a third of the cases now before the parish court in St James are for offences related to lottery scamming. - File Photo

 Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

MONTEGO BAY, St James:
Jamaica's already overburdened court system is coming under more pressure to handle the growing number of lottery scamming and other cyber crimes cases.

As an example, Chief Justice Zaila McCalla revealed this morning that a third of the cases now before the parish court in St James are for offences related to lottery scamming.

McCalla says she was informed by a judge who recently served in the St James Circuit Court that "well over 100" cases remain on the books in the parish although close to 40 were disposed of during the recent court term.

"The increase in the number of these cases coming before our courts has placed a tremendous burden on the court system and there is now a large percentage of such cases in the courts of our various parishes  McCalla said.

She says cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated, organised and innovative in terms of technology, techniques and geographical reach.

The Chief Justice was speaking at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James where prosecutors from over 25 countries around the world are meeting for the 4th International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) conference.

The conference is being held under the theme:"Prosecution and Governance in the 21st Century; Current and Future Challenges to Tackling Cybercrime and Organised Financial Crimes."