Jurors who deliberated during the September Session of the Criminal court have been encouraged to go forward with a positive message about the court and juror service.
This call was issued by High Court Judge, Her Ladyship Justice Wynante Adrien-Roberts at the closing of the September Criminal Session of the court on December 16, 2020.
“I cannot thank the jurors enough…I really want them to go out there with a good message about serving as jurors so that we do not have resistance and people will not be reluctant to serve as jurors,” Justice Adrien-Roberts stated.
The jurors also received high commendation from the court and the Judge thanked them for their interest in the matters which they served on.
“I have learned one thing this year [and that] is to not promise the jurors that the matter is going to be for one day or two or three days. I can no longer predict how long a matter will take. I think all the panels did an excellent job and I could tell that you were listening attentively and I hope that you learned something about the court process and what happens in court,” she said.
The judge also thanked the rank and file of the police force, the bailiff, court staff, defense and prosecuting lawyers, and journalists who she said all played a major role during the Criminal Session.
With three matters having been tried and won by the State during the September sitting, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Evelina Baptiste, also showered praises on the jurors and dubbed the session as “fruitful.”