Court Circular: Progression Of Criminal Cases

August 22, 2021 | 1 Comment

The Supreme Court is “experiencing difficulties in disposing of its criminal list” due to reasons including “defendants failing to appear on their scheduled court dates,” “counsel failing to appear”, “counsel failing to give priority to the Supreme Court over the lower courts” and more.

The Supreme Court Circular stated, “The Supreme Court is experiencing difficulties in disposing of its criminal list due in part to the following:

  • a] Defendants failing to appear on their scheduled court dates;
  • b] Failure by the relevant authorities to enforce arrests warrants issued by the Court;
  • c] Counsel failing to appear and/or arranging for other counsel to appear on their behalf at their scheduled court dates;
  • d] Counsel failing to give priority to the Supreme Court over the lower courts;
  • e] Counsel failing to comply with court orders and directions for the timely submissions of supporting document to advance pre-trial applications; and
  • f] Delays in the application process to obtain Legal Aid.

The full Circular No. 10 follows below [PDF here]

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  1. iyiyi says:

    Absolutely nothing works efficiently in this country except the billing process !

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