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New court term opens in Kingston with 50 per cent increase in cases for trial

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 11:38 AM
The 939 cases down for trial this term include 887 that were traversed from the Michaelmas Term, which ended last month.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The new term of the Home Circuit Court reopened this morning with a 50 per cent increase in the number of cases for trial.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions reports that 939 cases are listed for the Hilary term set to close on March 23.

This is up from 620 cases last year.

The 939 cases include 887 that were traversed from the Michaelmas Term, which ended last month.

Speaking during today's opening ceremony, Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn noted that the increasing volume of cases continues.

Llewellyn revealed that during the Michaelmas Term, for the first time, the Home Circuit Court handled more than 1,000 cases.

She said 135 cases were disposed of during the last term, an increase of 100 percent when compared with the 67 cases disposed of during the 2014 Michaelmas term.

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