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Bailiff's office weak on warrants

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM

THE FAILURE of the bailiff's office to execute warrants issued by the Kingston Traffic Court resulted in nearly $5 million in uncollected revenue from motorists in the capital city.

The recently tabled Auditor General's Annual Report on the Appropriation and other Accounts of Jamaica for the financial year ended March 31, 2012, revealed that of 296 warrants that were sent to the bailiff's office during the calendar year 2011, amounting to $6.9 million, 204 were not executed.

The 92 warrants executed were at a value $2.1 million.

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis noted that the 204 warrants which were not executed totalled $4.8 million.

"Failure to execute warrants and carry out the orders of the courts could result in the guilty parties going unpunished," said Monroe Ellis in her report.

The auditor general said the absence of proper storage facilities at the bailiff's office would make it difficult to properly manage the execution of these warrants.

She said the system of storing warrants at the bailiff's office was inadequate as the warrants were stored in boxes in no sequential order.

The auditor general has advised the Ministry of Justice to institute appropriate corrective measures to reduce the present backlog.