Grand court opens to growing list of young offenders

| 12/01/2011

(CNS): The rise in crime is the Cayman Islands has been reflected in the growing numbers of serious criminal cases now handled by the local judiciary, but the list of new indictments that will appear before the Grand Court on Wednesday in the New Year’s opening session reflect an even more worrying trend, which is the increase in juvenile offenders. There are five young people, who cannot be named because they are under 17 years of age, facing serious criminal charges, from robbery to murder, on Wednesday’s list. They join an already growing number of young people who are currently charged before the Grand Court.

Before the court opens for business on Wednesday afternoon, the official opening of the Grand Court for 2011 will begin with a full ceremony on the courthousesteps in the morning. Chief Justice Anthony Smellie and judges of the Grand Court will be wearing their full ceremonial regalia during the ceremony before they and other members of the judiciary enter the courthouse, when Attorney General Samuel Bulgin will move the opening of the Grand Court.

Seconded by the President of the Caymanian Bar Association, James Bergstrom, and the President of the Cayman Islands Law Society, Charles Jennings, the chief Justice will then address the bar. 

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  1. I miss marius says:

    They are adorable in their matching Santa outfits. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Premier did say crime was down.But if I was you Mr. Justices I would get more help. Can you find out for us who is in charge of the police force. The reason I ask if it’s the Governor it would be a good idea to ask him to pay our police officers overtime. That way some of the precincts would not be short staff due to officers off for officers owed time.Unless the Premier has taken that over too.A good way to save money for more travels in 2011.We have NO contact with the Governor.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Instead of parading about like circus clowns, they need to get inside and get on with the backlog of cases. And lets talk about 8:30 to 5:00, Mon to Fri, 2 weeks vacation, plus public holidays only, instead of the present, nonsense of never ending adjornments and endless vacations.

    • Anonymous says:

      Once again the rise in crime is someone else’s fault….. not the parents of course….. pure idiocy in comments again.

      Why tackle the route of the problem when you can shift the blame on those left to deal with the consequences!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    "The rise in crime is the Cayman Islands has been reflected in the growing numbers of serious criminal cases now handled by the local judiciary"

    Wait a tick, didn’t the Premier say that crime was down? I’m confused…..

  5. Anonymous says:

    But didnt Mac say that crime was actually under cntrol recently?