The complainant stated that although the lawyers for the defence had brought about many delays, the conduct of the judge had created a tedious and painfully drawn out atmosphere in the courtroom.

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The complainant stated that although the lawyers for the defence had brought about many delays, the conduct of the judge had created a tedious and painfully drawn out atmosphere in the courtroom. As the judge took verbatim notes of each witness’ testimony, the complainant alleged that this made it difficult for the jurors to follow and comprehend as each witness could only say five or six words at a time so the judge could take notes. The complainant also alleged that the defence lawyers were allowed to digress without making any point that is valid to the case, and the judge allowed for tardy jurors, breaks, and lengthy lunches.

The Council advised the complainant that judges are obliged to ensure that proceedings are conducted in an orderly and efficient manner and that includes the use of the court time. It is of the Council’s view that the issues raised did not warrant further consideration according to its mandate under the Judges Act, and the matter was closed.

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