Warning for allattorneys: respect the court's time
Spanish Town, St Catherine:
HIGH COURT judge Bertram Morrison on Thursday issued a stern warning to attorneys in St Catherine that the court will not tolerate tardiness this year.
"With the long list that we have, I want to use this opportunity to implore the private Bar to cooperate. The court will not be waiting on attorneys when they are late, as the court will start on time and matters will be tried with or without your presence,'' the High Court judge declared.
Morrison was addressing the opening of the Hillary session of the St Catherine Circuit Court.
The judge commented on the increasing number of cases involving sexual offences. Of the 48 cases to be tried this session, sexual offences accounted for 30.
"I am concerned about the number of cases involving sexual offences. It seems that it needs to be contained (and) this will take the effort of all to bring it under control - the lawyers, jurors, police and the prosecution have to do their part for it to work,'' Justice Morrison said.
Attorney-at-law Barry Frank-son, who responded on behalf of the private bar, assured the judge that his colleagues and the police would make every effort to ascertain the smooth running of the sessions.
Among the cases on the roster is the murder trial of Richard Duhaney, who has been charged for the March 2006 murder of his wife Velma, whose headless body was found in Sligoville, St Catherine.
- Rasbert Turner