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Jurors Irate Over Adjourned Cases

Several people currently on the court’s jury list are upset over the number of adjournments that are occurring with several cases in the Supreme Court.

The jurors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Bahama Journal yesterday that they understand why the criminal justice system is in “disarray.”

“Every time they bring us here, we sit for a few hours or half a day and then the rest of the day is wasted for whatever reason,” one juror said.

“I understand that we are doing a service to the country, but when you commit to jury duty obviously you plan your day accordingly. I have kids and so I drop then off to school and have to make arrangements for them to be collected which can pose a problem sometimes.”

Jurors are entitled to a daily fee and are provided with lunch on the days when the matter is heard.

In some cases, a criminal trial can last anywhere between two weeks to a few months.

“I just now understand why the criminal justice system is so messed up,” another juror said.

“Every time we come to our matter, the prosecution’s witnesses are not here or there are closed arguments. Something is always happening and it’s frustrating. To make it to court for 10:00 a.m. and be turned away an hour later, that’s wasted gas.”

The juror explained that the clerks demand that they arrive to court on time at the same time every day. There is never a full day of trial.

The jurors did not want to say which judge is presiding over the case.

They did, however, note that the judge has been “very stern” in instructing both the prosecution and defence attorneys to come prepared so that proceedings can run smoothly.

Sasha Lightbourne

Written by Sasha Lightbourne

Journal Staff Writer

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