Only two murder trials were successfully completed during the High Court Criminal Assizes which came to an end on Monday.
Justice Bernie Stevenson-Brookes in making that observation, noted that there were two aborted trials, while a number of other matters were “traversed” to the next Assizes (the May Assizes) “through no fault of the court”.
Murder and other major criminal cases will next be heard from May 8 2012.
During Monday’s wrap up of the January assizes the court was given a report by Acting Superintendent of prison Denis Blanc.
He disclosed that there were currently 258 inmates at the Dominica Stockfarm prison.
Blanc indicated that a total of 12 juveniles were housed in a separate cell at the prison.
The court then made a plea for the establishment of a Juvenile Detention Centre for juveniles who commit offences.
And Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina advised that the prison should source some farm lands to allow prisoners to be given the opportunity to learn farming, in a bid to facilitate the prison being able to supply itself with agricultural produce.