The May Criminal Assizes heard seven murders cases, the most in one seating according to Justice Birnie Stephenson Brooke.
The assizes, which began on May 8, came to an end on Friday and was described by Justice Brookes as “unusual” but a “fairly successful one.”
According to her, seven murder cases were heard during the assizes and this was the first time this has happened in one seating.
Of the seven murder cases heard, four were completed and three were traversed to the September assizes.
Justice Brookes described the case of Sherman Webb and David St. Jean as unique since one explored the death of a foreigner through a satanic ritual while the other dealt with the trial of a homophobic.
She explained that the illness of attorney Zena Dyer, who is considered as the “queen of the criminal bar,” caused several matters to be traversed to the September assizes. She added that adjournments were granted despite the court’s attempt to control it.
She thanked the jurors for their patience and participation in the assizes and reminded them of the funny, sad, and scary moments during the proceedings.
Justice Brookes commended the court staff, media and police officers for their participation in the assizes.
In total eight matters were traversed to the September 2012 Criminal Assizes and four were discontinued.