The High Court of Justice Criminal Assizes will soon be held throughout the entire year under a new Criminal Division system, according to the resident Judge Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks of Guyana.
Speaking at the closing of the January Criminal Assizes last week Judge Brooks who was assigned to preside over these assizes, expects the new system to be introduced by September or October 2010.
It will consist of the passing of Criminal Division rules, which will involve superintendents and the administration of prisons in the day –to-day running of the Criminal Court.
Judge Brooks said that the Criminal Division system will introduce video linking among other technological advancements in the courts.
Judge Brooks presided over the latter part of the January Criminal Assizes, replacing Justice Brian Cottle of St. Vincent. She took up residence here, presiding over local Civil Courts since October 2009 as a second resident judge.
The recently appointed judge was brought to Dominica following a request by Prime Minister Roosevelt to the Chief Justice for a second resident judge to help ease a backlog of caveat cases that were existing over the courts for a long period of time.