Judge: Scope of backlog unknown

A special arraignment day in the No. 3 Supreme Court yesterday threw up cases, one as old as 18 years, and others which some accused men said they had either served time for or paid fines.

It prompted Justice Carlisle Greaves to note the system needed to be cleaned, so “we wouldn’t be spinning top in mud” or convicting people twice for the same offence.

Yesterday 37 matters, some with multiple accused and dating between 2006 and 2018, were set for hearing.

“We have many of these cases that we found out there were a number of accused that we didn’t know anything about,” Justice Greaves explained as he kicked off the all-day session.

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