ADDITIONAL COURT TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE BELIZE JUDICIAL DISTRICT
An additional court is being established in the Belize Judicial District. The new court will be located on North Front Street. Solicitor General Oscar Ramjeet is quoted as saying the move is being made in the light of the vast increase of cases in the Magistrate’s Court due to the increase in violent crimes and the expansion of the jurisdiction of magistrates. On Tuesday Cabinet approved funds for the rental of a building to accommodate the additional court as well as the salaries of a Magistrate, Assistant Clerk of Court, Secretary and Office Assistant. According to the Solicitor General the establishment of the new court will strengthen the judicial process in expediting the trial of accused persons and reinforce the Government’s commitment to the rule of law and the legal system in delivering justice in a timely manner in accordance with the constitution. It was further revealed that two magistrates have indicated that they will not renew their contracts and a third is expected to go on study leave but the Solicitor General assures the public that steps are being taken to replace them.