Lawyers have been warned that adjournments in matters before the Criminal Division of the High Court will only be granted in “extreme circumstances.”
The warning came from Justice Bernie Stephenson as the September Criminal Assizes opened on September 18.
Many people have openly complained about the many adjournments which occur at the court which sometimes result in matters not being heard.
“I won’t be entertaining adjournments unless it’s extremely urgent…we have a long list and we have to concentrate on dispensing with as many matters as possible,” she said.
She also reminded the court that there will he a break in the assizes from October 22 to early November since the Court of Appeal will be sitting in Dominica and Justice Stephenson will be out on training.
Meantime, the assizes opened with the usual packed courtroom.
The charges were read to the accused individuals who all pleaded not guilty.
The are 34 matters on the list with 22 being of a sexual nature.