Earlier in the news, we showed you tour operator Yhony Rosado's bitter outrage that as the complainant of a crime where his vehicle was stolen and totaled, he can't get justice against the defendant who was caught on camera.

He is but one of the users of the Magistrate's Court who is frustrated with the bottlenecks in the justice system that happens at the first instance court. A report was recently completed which examines the systemic problems at the Magistrate Court, and it was released last week.

That's known as the Situational Analysis of the Magistrates' Courts of Belize which is part of the Canadian Government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project. This study was commissioned by the Project in mid-2021 at the request of Magali Young, Attorney General of Belize. Consultants, Justice Dennis Morrison, the President of the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith, a former Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

We'll have a detailed look at the report tomorrow. But for tonight, here's what Attorney General Magali Marin-Young about these many adjournments in these cases that causes them to languish in the Magistrate's Court for months - sometimes years:



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