SOLOMONS COURT BULGING AT SEAMS

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 4) - The Solomon Islands' High Court is experiencing an overload of cases since the arrival of the Australian-led intervention force in the country more than three months ago.

The registrar of the High Court and acting chief magistrate, David Chetwynd, says the overload is being caused because the court has only one court room.

He says judging by the number of cases in the Magistrate Court, there will be about 30 serious crime cases coming up for the High Court.

Mr Chetwynd says the government must consider building a new court to cater for the judiciary's needs.

November 5, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

 

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