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Chief Justice cites Capacity and Process Challenges Surrounding Implementation of Death Penalty

Chief Justice cites Capacity and Process Challenges Surrounding Implementation of Death Penalty

Challenges relating to process and capacity are two of the issues identified by Chief Justice, Ivor Archie, facing the judicial system relating to the controversial topic of the death penalty.

The Chief Justice explained that data collected indicate in 2014 not including matters in which there was a hung jury, the judges of the High Court disposed of 130 criminal indictments.

Chief Justice, Ivor Archie.

Chief Justice, Ivor Archie.

Mr Archie said this figure represents a 51 increase over the last year and a 32 percent increase over six years.

Speaking at today’s opening of the 2015 \2016 law term at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, Mr. Archie said over the past few years the number of persons awaiting trial for murder has risen to 514.

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The Chief Justice admitted that there must a review of the practical difficulties with implementing the death penalty.

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However, Mr Archie noted that the justice system has taken several measures to tackle issues relating to process and capacity challenges.

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Chief Justice, Ivor Archie.

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