It is expected to be “a long drawn out process” when the September Criminal Assizes opens on Thursday at the High Court in Roseau.
There is a total of 38 criminal matters to be heard with 22 of them being sexual in nature.
Grievous bodily harm/wounding is next with four cases followed by burglary/theft with three.
The other matters on the list are murder, manslaughter, dangerous driving and money laundering.
Four persons are to be indicted during the assizes.
Justice Bernie Stephenson is expected to preside over the assizes with Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Evelina Baptiste, leading the prosecution on behalf of the state.
On September 17 the opening of the new law year will be marked by a church service followed by the inspection of the guard of honor and an address by the chief justice, Dame Janice Pereira, via simulcast from Anguilla.