The Ceremonial opening of the October 2013 session of the Berbice High Court was held yesterday in front of the Court building on Esplanade Road, New Amsterdam.
Leading the parade was a 28-strong police contingent. Justice Dawn Gregory took the ceremonial salute and inspected the Guard of Honour. Justice Gregory is presiding over the October criminal sessions.
She was accompanied at yesterday’s proceedings by Justice Brassington Reynolds who is presiding in the civil court. They were escorted by Commander of ‘B’ Division Assistant Commissioner Brian Joseph along with Cadet Officer Jevon Hamer.
The police Guard of Honour did a splendid job in the parade which was led by Cadet Officer Jermaine Dufu. Also accompanying the parade were Deputy Commander Superintendent Stephen Mansell, Assistant Superintendent Ashram and Inspector Jagroop.
When the session was called to order, Justice Gregory spoke to the jurors assigned to work in the upcoming session. She congratulated them and stated that the absentees will be warned to attend. She also outlined to them some of their roles and how they were selected. The judge reminded the potential jurors that their roles are important in the dispensation of justice. She reiterated that one of the reasons why persons would be excused from jury duty is due to Illness in which case a medical certificate should be presented. She also outlined other consequences of not turning up for jury duty.
Some 40 cases are listed to be heard during this session including thirteen murders and eight manslaughters.
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