Justice Stephenson warns against court adjournments

Stephenson has warned of constant court adjournments
Stephenson has warned against constant court adjournments

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.

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8 Comments

  1. tell
    September 20, 2014

    wow 22 sexual matters that sad.

  2. CYRIL Volney
    September 20, 2014

    Zero tolerance for adjournments. Justice delayed is justice denied! Well done.

  3. FORKIT
    September 19, 2014

    you always in court talking tough and giving those damn criminals discount as if is by astaphans they shopping.
    enough of you

  4. Anonymous
    September 19, 2014

    DNO can you kindly ask the learned Justice for another picture for your continuous use? I think you will be doing her a big favour if you changed that photo.

    • james bond
      September 19, 2014

      ………………, I see your point.

  5. Morihei Ueshiba
    September 19, 2014

    Shut up and call Mano case! 8)

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