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JUSTICE COTTLE HIGHLIGHTS ROLE OF THE MEDIA

Justice Brian Cottle has stressed the key role the media has to play in the Court process, especially during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant restrictions.

The Judge made the point at the closing ceremony of the Criminal Assizes on Tuesday.

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Cottle said that while the Court sought to limit the public attendance at hearings to ensure physical distancing, it does not mean that the public must not be informed about what is happening in the Courts, and the media is relied upon to make this happen.

He said that though the Court took steps to mitigate the risks of the pandemic, all stakeholders, including the Jury, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Court staff, police, and the media must be commended for their respective roles in making the Assizes a success, despite the risks of the pandemic.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Sejilla Mcdowall and defence lawyer Kay Bacchus-Baptiste also thanked and commended all those involved in making the Assizes a success.

Justice Cottle is not the first Judge to point out the key role media practitioners, especially those in the print media, play in the Court process.

Justice Odel Adams, now deceased, did so several years ago, and he was instrumental in having a media box installed at the High Court.

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