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Trials without juries a possibility for Trinidad

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Trinidad flag. Photo credit: flags.netPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trials without juries is one way to help clear up the backlog of cases in Trinidad and Tobago’s judicial system.Minister of Justice, Herbert Volney made the announcement on Monday morning as he addressed the Commonwealth North Atlantic Law Ministers Meeting in Port-of-Spain.Volney lamented the backlog of cases that presently is causing the pace of justice to be delayed in the local courts.Pointing to India and Belize as examples of places where trials are heard before judges and without the benefit of juries, Volney explained to journalists after his speech that there were also places in the Commonwealth where such systems work.The minister said the present backlog is such that it would take about 10 to 15 years for juries to hear the over 200 cases that are presently waiting to be tried. The minister also said many jurors served reluctantly and it was cheaper to have trials heard before a judge alone. He also noted that lawyers were less likely to waste time before a judge as they might before a jury.India instituted trials without juries in 1959 and last year Belize legislated to have a similar system instituted in its courts.Law ministers from 15 other countries are in Trinidad attending the two day workshop convened in commemoration of this country’s 50th year of Independence. The meeting includes participants from the United Kingdom, Canada, India, New Zealand, Jamaica and other countries.Caribbean News Now Share Share NewsRegional Trials without juries a possibility for Trinidad by: – June 26, 2012center_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Colgan takes honours on Lean

first_img The jockey continued to earn his riding fee down the back straight, shoving his mount along and administering a couple of reminders but, to his credit, Lean Araig responded to his rider’s urgings. Modem emerged as the main threat in the straight, but McKiernan’s charge would not be denied and fought him off courageously to pass the post a length in front. Hot favourite Max Dynamite travelled well for a long way, but found little under pressure and was ultimately disappointing. McKiernan said: “I’m happy with that – it was a bit of a battle. I think I’ve learned from that race that he really needs a lead. But despite that he’s won and he’s tough. “Everyone knew he’s a good three-mile horse and he’s bred that way, too. I always felt two miles was a bit short for him. “All being well, he’ll go to Fairyhouse and Punchestown. There is a good three-mile handicap for novices and he has options now in novice races.” There was a sting in the tail for Colgan, who was suspended for four days for using his whip with excessive frequency. Oliver McKiernan’s six-year-old was on a hat-trick following successive handicap wins over three miles at Punchestown and was a 9-2 chance coming back to the minimum trip and stepping up to Grade Two level. Victory did not look likely for much of the journey as Lean Araig appeared slightly reluctant to head out on to the second circuit, and Colgan had to give him a couple of slaps to keep his mind on the job. Lean Araig benefited from a power-packed drive from Robbie Colgan to claim top honours in the Paddy Power Shops Better Value Novice Hurdle at Naas.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Baby Jet Promotions secure December 26 for Tagoe bout

first_imgBaby Jet Promotions have confirmed Boxing Day, December 26 to host its forthcoming bout with lead fighter Emmanuel Tagoe on the main bill.Game Boy, as he is affectionately called will be facing Tanzanian Sidicki Mombo in the main even with other exciting undercard bouts being lined up.The boxing syndicate of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan have secured the RLG Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium as the venue for the bout.Chief Executive Officer of Baby Jet Promotions, Samuel Anim Addo is expected to make official announcements on development and inroads made ahead of the December 26 bout.Meanwhile, Captain  Asamoah is set to arrive in the early hours of Tuesday to join his colleagues for the  first training session of the Black Stars at the Accra Sports Stadiumlast_img

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