Senior Puisne Judge, Hon. Mrs. Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick, says trial date certainty will be utilised during the current Hilary Term of the Home Circuit Court.Trial date or hearing date certainty is the proportion of dates that are set for trial or hearing and which proceed without adjournment.Addressing the ceremonial opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court, today (January 7), at the Supreme Court, downtown Kingston, Mrs. Lawrence-Beswick, said during the period persons will observe that on Mondays, “we will have fewer cases than we used to have in the past, and on Wednesdays, we have none at all”.“This is different from what we are accustomed to having and it is in an effort to have what is described as trial date certainty,” Justice Lawrence-Beswick said.She noted that the focus is to have fewer cases kept on each day, so that the cases that are being listed will have certainty that on the day it is listed, a trial will be held.Justice Lawrence-Beswick told the audience that the use of trial date certainty started in 2018, and that the statistics now report that “we have trial dates certainty in the amount of 78 per cent”.Senior Puisne Judge, Hon. Mrs. Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick (centre); Deputy Custos of Kingston, Mr. Justice Rion Hall (left); and Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Patricia Dunwell, observe the March Past by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in front of the Supreme Court on King Street, downtown Kingston, on January 7. Occasion was the ceremonial opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court.The international standard for this measure is between 92 and 100 per cent, and the Chief Justice has set a target of 95 per cent.She pointed out that the benefits from trial date certainty include better time management of judicial time, and police and the court staff will work in a more focused manner when it is clear that each case listed is going to be tried.Justice Lawrence-Beswick said this increase in efficiency is as a result of the hard work of several players in the system.She added that in addition to the trial date certainty, a standby list is being developed to accommodate cases to be tried at short notice in the event that any of the courts “breaks down or if a case ends prematurely and a court becomes available for a trial”.There are 1,090 cases listed for trial during the Hilary Term, which ends in April 2019.Providing a breakdown of cases for the Easter Term, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, said 556 are for murder and 333 for sexual offences.Prior to her address, Justice Lawrence-Beswick; Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Patricia Dunwell, and Deputy Custos of Kingston, Mr. Justice Rion Hall, were given the General Salute by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The officials also inspected the guard of honour formed by the police.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian investment company Hunter Group has decided to further push the options for three very large crude carriers (VLCCs).Hunter Group and South Korea’s shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) agreed to extend the option agreement for three additional vessels until February 28, 2019.As part of the latest extension, the company said that it would pay USD 93.6 million per vessel. Additionally, if exercised, the options would see the 300,000 dwt ships delivered to their owner within the first half of 2021, as previously agreed.The options in question were initially received in May 2018, after Hunter Group entered into a definitive back-to-back agreement with Apollo Asset for the transfer of shipbuilding contracts for four VLCCs. The three Eco design options are for ships with identical technical specifications and include scrubbers.Previously, Apollo had offered to transfer ownership of up to seven VLCCs to Hunter Group.In early May 2018, the company exercised options for the construction of three additional crude carriers at DSME. The units, priced at USD 82.8 million plus USD 2.7 million per scrubber, are scheduled for delivery by the end of May, June and August 2020, respectively.