Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo wants the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) to organise a team of its officers and attach them to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to serve warrants.
Baptiste-DaBreo made the call on last week while noting that the RVIPF’s prosecutions department is already overwhelmed with other duties such as helping to run the affairs of the court.
She said they understandably have limited time to issue court warrants. The magistrate said a number of matters on the court’s list have had to be continuously adjourned because these warrants are not being served.
“It is a disservice,” she said, adding that the end result is the court’s list being clogged up with matters.
“I’m tired of adjourning matters. I am tired of it,” a seemingly frustrated magistrate said.
She said most of the matters were simple ones that should be on the court’s list no more than six months.
In response, Crown Counsel Nick Saunders promised to approach the Director of Public Prosecutions Kim Hollis on the matter.
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