Backlog stalls Al Miller trial
Jerome Reynolds and Debbie-Ann Wright, Gleaner Writers
The backlog of cases before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today stalled the resumption of the trial of popular clergyman Reverend Al Miller.
When the case was called up this morning, Resident Magistrate (RM) Lorna Shelly Williams said she could not hear the matter because she had several other cases before her.
The magistrate was expected to begin hearing closing arguments by the prosecution.
But the trial has now been put off until Thursday.
Reverend Miller is on trial for negligence in relation to the theft of his licensed firearm.
The lead investigator in the case has given evidence that Miller had reported to the police that on January 22, he and his daughter where travelling in his car when they stopped in the Shortwood Road area of St. Andrew to pick plums.
The pastor recounted that on returning to his car, he discovered that a pouch with his licensed firearm was missing.
The police later charged him with negligence.
The Crown had attempted to put into evidence the statement Reverend Miller gave to the police.
However, RM Shelly Williams turned down the application following an objection from the pastor’s lawyer Leslie Campbell.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is expected to meet with judges shortly in order to discuss more efficient use of the courts’ time.
A release from the justice ministry quotes Chuck as saying that too much of the courts’ time is being wasted.
He said the time is not being used efficiently and is contributing to the thousands of cases that still remain to be tried in the courts.
Chuck also noted that most court rooms across Jamaica are opened for only about five hours daily.
He asserted this must not be allowed to continue.