The new senior magistrate has warned prosecutors at the Kingstown Magistrate Court that a new dispensation has begun.
“Prosecutor, as you may have realised by now, the old way of doing things must come to an end,” Rickie Burnett said on Monday after the Crown told the court that files for a number of matters were not ready when they were called up for trial.
“I agree, your honour,” responded prosecutor Sergeant of Police Cornelius Tittle, who recently joined the prosecution service.
“I’m always hearing about ‘file’ and ‘not before me’, but the matter is already before me. What is the problem?” the magistrate asked.
Tittle said that sometimes, when the prosecution contact the relevant persons, they cannot give an account of the location of the file.
“Once the matter is before the court, it ought to be for trial,” the magistrate remarked and the prosecutor said, “I agree, your honour.”
The magistrate added: “The matter can’t be in court and you are still investigating. What is that?”