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Increase In Court Fees To Yield Estimated $750K

Increase In Court Fees To Yield Estimated $750K

There will be new court fees, which are anticipated to “yield an estimated additional $750,000 in fees aid to the courts.” A spokesperson said, “The Supreme Court is pleased to announce that the Chief Justice in exercise of the power conferred by section 62 of the Supreme Court Act 1905 makes the subject amendment Rules to implement... Read more of this article

Court: Hollis Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

Court: Hollis Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

Ajamu Hollis has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the death of Daemon Bell. He was initially charged with murdering Mr Bell, an off-duty corrections officer, and pleaded guilty to manslaughter yesterday morning, after his Supreme Court murder trial had been underway. He will be sentenced at a later date. Related Stories Murder Trial... Read more of this article

Court Registry Hours Of Operation

Court Registry Hours Of Operation

The Registrar for the Courts of Bermuda issued an advisory regarding changes to the Court’s hours of operation. A spokesperson said, “Kindly be advised that, effective Monday, the 12th day of February, 2024, all Courts and Court Registry locations, including the Court of Appeal Registry, commence service to the public from 9:00 a.m. until... Read more of this article

Chief Justice Larry Mussenden Sworn-In

Chief Justice Larry Mussenden Sworn-In

Chief Justice Larry Mussenden was officially sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Bermuda today [Feb 8] at Government House. Speaking at the event, he said, “Your Excellency, Honourable Premier, Deputy Governor, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Judges of the Supreme Court, my Family, Distinguished Guests.. Good afternoon, boa tarde, bonjour, hola,... Read more of this article

Larry Mussenden Appointed As Chief Justice

Larry Mussenden Appointed As Chief Justice

[Updated] Larry Mussenden has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bermuda, effective February 8. Governor Lalgie said, “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Mussenden as Bermuda’s next Chief Justice. Mr Mussenden is a highly regarded lawyer both within Bermuda and internationally. “He has over... Read more of this article

Murder Trial Gets Underway In Supreme Court

Murder Trial Gets Underway In Supreme Court

The murder trial of Ajamu Hollis — who is accused of killing off-duty corrections officer Daemon Bell — has started in the Supreme Court. The court heard that Mr Hollis, 47, allegedly used a gardening hoe to hit Mr Bell, who had tried to break up an argument. Mr Bell, who was 49 at the time of his death, was killed in February 2022 in Shelly... Read more of this article

Minister Condemns Violence Outside Courts

Minister Condemns Violence Outside Courts

Minister of National Security Michael Weeks has ”condemned the acts of violence which took place outside of the Supreme Court recently.” Minister Weeks said, “Several incidences of anti-social behaviour occurred last week outside of our court buildings. These acts of violence involved assaulting and harassing court officers who were carrying... Read more of this article

Police Comment Following Not Guilty Verdict

Police Comment Following Not Guilty Verdict

“We respect the integrity of the judicial process and accept the court’s decision,” the police said following the recent trial in the Supreme Court, adding that “it is essential that we come together as a community to show empathy and understanding, as we navigate the aftermath of this trial.” This follows after Raheem... Read more of this article

Court: Raheem Wray Found Not Guilty

Court: Raheem Wray Found Not Guilty

Following a trial in the Supreme Court, Raheem Wray has been found not guilty of the murder of Osagi Bascome. Mr Bascome, a national level footballer, was murdered in December 2021. After a trial that began earlier this month, the jury of 10 women and two men returned the verdict of not guilty this evening. Both families reacted to the verdict in court,... Read more of this article

Murder Trial Continues In Supreme Court

Murder Trial Continues In Supreme Court

The murder trial of Raheem Wray — who is charged with murdering Osagi Bascome — continues in the Supreme Court, with Assistant Justice Mark Pettingill expressing concern about social media posts. Justice Pettingill reminded jurors not to view social media reports discussing the ongoing trial. The BBC reported that he did not specify the... Read more of this article

Governor Appoints Aura Cassidy As Magistrate

Governor Appoints Aura Cassidy As Magistrate

Governor Rena Lalgie announced the appointment of Aura Cassidy as Magistrate with effect from 1 February 2024. Government House said, “This appointment follows an open and competitive recruitment process and a recommendation received from the Judicial and Legal Services Committee. The Governor said, “I am very pleased to announce Ms Cassidy’s... Read more of this article

CAA Grateful For Guilty Verdict In Murder Case

CAA Grateful For Guilty Verdict In Murder Case

Noting they find “it very difficult to respond to a decision that is so tragic, and in no way reduces the tragedy of the loss of Chavelle Dillon-Burgess,” the Centre Against Abuse said they ”are grateful for the verdict of guilty of murder.” Their statement follows after Kamal Worrell was found guilty of the murder of Chavelle... Read more of this article

WRC Commends Verdict In Murder Case

WRC Commends Verdict In Murder Case

The Women’s Resource Centre said they are “heartened by the guilty verdict in the Chavelle Dillon-Burgess case,” noting it “is a landmark case for Bermuda, and we recognise the efforts of the Bermuda Police Service in bringing Mr. Worrell before the courts and we wait with anticipation for his sentencing next month.” Their... Read more of this article

Court Issues Over $10,000 In Traffic Fines

Court Issues Over $10,000 In Traffic Fines

In Magistrates Court today, close to ten thousand dollars in traffic fines were issued, and the police are urging people to “let’s all work together to make this a safe and enjoyable Christmas season for all.” A police spokesperson said, “Close to ten thousand dollars in traffic fines issued in Magistrates Court today. A number... Read more of this article

Video: Special Sitting Of The Supreme Court

Video: Special Sitting Of The Supreme Court

A Special Sitting of the Supreme Court was held on Friday [Dec 8] to commemorate the retirement of Narinder Hargun, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bermuda. In June of this year, it was announced that Chief Justice Narinder Hargun has advised the Governor of his intention to retire at the end of 2023, having been appointed in July 2018 Related... Read more of this article

Court Rules Arrest Of Zarah Harper Was Unlawful

Court Rules Arrest Of Zarah Harper Was Unlawful

The Court has ruled that the arrest of Zarah Harper and the search of her home was “unlawful,” and said she is “at liberty to apply for a further hearing in order to determine whether and if so, the amount the Respondent should pay the Applicant by way of compensation for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and violation of her privacy.” Court... Read more of this article