Saturday 17 November, 2018

Judiciary implements ‘fast track court’ to deal with backlog of cases

The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago has implemented the ‘fast track court’ initiative to deal with the backlog of cases in the criminal High Courts.

It made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

The Judiciary said the aim of the ‘fast track court’ is to ensure that matters that can be tried within a short period of time are heard and determined.

 “Many years ago, a similar initiative was implemented and it proved successful. Therefore, with effect from August 2 nd 2018, there will High Court sittings in Port of-Spain, San Fernando and Tobago. Judges have been rostered and matters are being listed for hearing during what is the long vacation period,” the Judiciary.

It said the cases listed for hearing are non-capital matters which have not more than two accused persons and which are able to be determined in a 3 to 5-day period.

The Judiciary said cases in which persons wish to plead guilty or have the benefit of a Maximum Sentence Hearing (MSI) have also been listed.

It said there has been a positive response to the ‘fast track court’ and all is being done to ensure that several matters are disposed of within the period of vacation sittings.

 

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