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Former Chief Magistrate’s outstanding 53 matters to be given priority

A media release issued today by the Office of the Judiciary revealed that Chief Justice, Ivor Archie, convened a meeting of key stakeholders comprising of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago represented by its Vice President and members of the Criminal Bar, the Acting Chief Magistrate, Senior Magistrates and the Registrar of the Supreme Court to determine the way forward for the fifty-three matters left unresolved by former Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar.

Consensus was reached and the meeting on Wednesday agreed to have all fifty-three matters restarted “de novo”. The Acting Chief Magistrate will preside over indictable matters and all summary matters will be handled by an assigned magistrate at the St George West Magistrates’ Court.

All other eight court matters which have not been started will be managed by the Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate.

The release went on to say that Priority will be given to the fifty-three matters in question which will be actively case managed using the Criminal Procedure Rules (2016) having regard to the hardships already experienced by the incarcerated, accused on bail, victims, witnesses and other stakeholders within the system.

The Criminal Procedure Rules (2016) were implemented in April 2017.

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