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The suggestion to abolish jury
trials for all criminal offences has
received mixed reviews from mem-
bers of the legal fraternity.
Attorney General Anand Ramlo-
gan said the proposal was nothing
new as it was discussed with Oppo-
sition members during crime talks
three weeks ago at the International
Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road,
Ramlogan, who said he took a
note on the issue to Cabinet a year
ago, described the proposal as a
"revolutionary change for the crim-
inal justice system."
He, however, admitted the ini-
tiative should be introduced on a
"I favour a phased approach and
perhaps an introduction with violent
crime, gun-related and drug-traf-
ficking offences in the first instance,"
Ramlogan said, during a telephone
He said once public confidence
was gained then the initiative could
Speaking at the opening of the
2013/2014 law term on Monday,
Chief Justice Ivor Archie suggested
the abolition of jury trials for all
criminal offences as opposed to just
for serious crimes.
He complained jury trials were
too expensive and inefficient.
Archie urged the removal of jury
trials would improve the criminal
Contacted yesterday, Senior
Counsel Dana Seetahal said the rea-
son to abolish the trials should not
be done to ease the backlog of cases
She said: "I think there are others
reasons. If it is that the jury trial
system is not functioning, as it is
desired, then that will be one basis
for abolishing it.
"But remember you have this sys-
tem of jury trials which we inherited
from the English since time imme-
morial. I don t think it is something
that should likely be abolished.
"It has to be assessed properly
for what offences. It is not some-
thing I suggest could ever come
She drew reference to the United
Kingdom, where jury trials have
been abolished for serious fraud
She added: "They have opted to
go for judge trials because of the
technical nature of the matters."
The notion of being tried by peers
also has been entrenched in society,
"Persons have been saying that
they trust the jury system more
because of being tried by their peers.
"Should that be supplanted by
one single judge when you are deal-
ing with something as sacrosanct
as the liberty of the citizens... so
that is really a serious matter," See-
Saying public s perception was
also critical to the success of the
initiative she added there were
instances where "some judges have
shown themselves in the past not
to be as "sound as you like."
Attorney and public relations offi-
cer of the PNM Faris Al-Rawi yes-
terday welcomed the suggestion by
the Chief Justice.
Al-Rawi who practices civil law
said he had witnessed reforms in
the civil justice system through
aggressive implementation of
"reformed civil procedure rules and
tighter application of the judiciary s
tolerance for delays in the system.
"I am also well accustomed to a
judge as a sole arbiter. There is clear
logic and merit in the Chief Justice s
considerations as to the abolition
of trials by jury," Al-Rawi added.
He said the PNM was considering
the party s position in relation to
"this issue and larger reforms."
Mixed views on abolishing trials by jury
A 32-year-old security guard was among two men
who were murdered in west Trinidad between Mon-
day night and yesterday morning.
In the latest incident, security guard Ramesh Ram-
lochan was found yesterday morning strangled to
death at the Ministry of Food Production s compound,
According to reports, around 7 pm, police received
a report of that a man was lying unconscious between
two buildings on the Western Main Road, Chaguara-
A team of officers, led by Insp Thomas, responded
and followed a trail of blood from the car park.
Police said Ramlochan, of Mohammed Street, Pasea,
Tunapuna, was dressed in his uniform and had a
wound to his head. He also had several marks of vio-
lence to his body.
An autopsy yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, stated he died as a result of strangulation.
Police said Ramlochan may have sustained the head
wound while struggling with his attacker.
Homicide detectives said they were informed that
Ramlochan had recently been receiving death threats
in relation to a land dispute with relatives.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, 27-year-old Akiel
Bolton was shot dead at his Diego Martin home on
Police said around 10 pm, Bolton s 63-year-old
father went to visit him at his house at Waterwheel
Road, Diego Martin.
Police said the elder Bolton became worried after
his son did not return his calls. When he eventually
gained access to the house, he found his son lying in
his bed with a gunshot wound to his chest. Bolton
Investigators said Bolton was well known to them
and had a criminal record for drug-related offences.
Detectives of the Region One Homicide Bureau are
probing both murders.
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