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Special court assigned to hear sexual offence matters

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 5:00 PM

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has announced that a special courtroom has been assigned at the Supreme Court to hear matters related to sexual offences.

The Chief Justice agreed to designate the special courtroom after alarming figures were presented by the Director of Public Prosecutions, who indicated a significant increase in those matters.

The announcement was made at yesterday’s opening of the Hilary Term of the Home Circuit Court.

Of the 939 cases set for trial this term, 419 of them are for sexual offences.

The assignment of a special courtroom is among several initiatives aimed at reducing the inventory of cases before the court.

The Chief Justice also spoke about an additional courtroom in the Parish of St Catherine to hear Circuit court matters; extended Circuit courts in some Parishes, and sentence reduction days