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Hoping to clear backlog in 2 years

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, ​heatherlynevanson@nationnews.com

Added 09 September 2019

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Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson (centre) inspecting the Guard of Honour, guided by Assistant Superintendent of Police Dale Stephen, outside the Supreme Court Complex. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

With five new judges coming to tackle the backlog of almost 1 000 criminal cases, the island’s Chief Justice is hoping to “wrestle” that backlog to the ground in about two years.

In addition, says Sir Marston Gibson, all civil cases will go through mandatory mediation in an attempt to reduce the backlog on the civil side as well.

He was delivering remarks at the opening of the 2019-2010 Legal Year in Court No. 1 at the Supreme Court Complex yesterday.

Sir Marston noted that even though there had not been a recent count of the number of criminal cases in the backlog, there were between 900 and 1 000 old cases still waiting to be tried. As a result, he said the five new judges were welcomed. (HLE)

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