Officials are promising faster hearing and more efficient administration of sexual offence cases with the opening of a new sexual offences court here.
The court was inaugurated on Monday, with High Court judge Iain Morley saying, “cases will be finished ideally 18 months of charging a defendant.”
He said, “gone are the days of cases often taking four years or more.”
According to the Directorate of Gender Affairs, the Sexual Offences Model Court or SOMC is
These features include quicker resolution of cases through tighter pre-trial management, fast-tracking for sexual offence cases, assigning sexual offence matters only to court administrators, police, and prosecutors with specialized training.
The Court was established through the Canadian-funded Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, and implemented through the Caribbean Court of Justice CCJ.