Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett made it clear on Tuesday that his focus is on justice and not statistics.
He made the point at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court as the prosecution asked for an adjournment in a case, because the complainant had not been summoned.
Burnett said he has a different approach when the matter involves police officers as the complainant.
He said that in such cases, it is easy to dismiss charges because of the absence of police officers.
The magistrate, however, asked why should cases involving civilians as complainants and defendants be dismissed because police officers are absent.
“Is that fair to the parties? Are the parties responsible for the police being absent?” Burnett reasoned.
The senior magistrate said those are things that he addresses his mind to when presiding.
He said that is why a case might sometimes be adjourned up to eight times before a trial.
He then granted an adjournment in the case, telling the defendant that the complainant was not in court because she had not been served.
“I am going to give you a chance and give her a chance as well,” he said and ordered the defendant to return to court on Aug. 16.