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ADDRESS OF THE HON. CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR ISAAC HYATALI, T.C. - page 10 / 17

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an amendment of the law should be made and that Mr. Attorney should give the matter his early consideration.

RESERVED JUDGMENTS AND OTHER DELAYS

Protracted delays in giving reserved judgments in civil cases have been a serious problem with three judges. In addition, serious delays also occur in the typing of notes of evidence, reasons and judgments, after notices of appeal have been given. Serious delays also occur in the Registry of the Supreme Court which is so frightfully congested, that more often than not, records in actions are either misplaced or extremely difficult to locate. Much too often, Judges are obliged to resort to the undesirable expedient of borrowing the records of practitioners to inform themselves of the nature of the case and what it involves.

COMMITTEE OF JUDGES

In order to resolve the problems posed by the delays referred to, I have appointed a Committee of three knowledgeable and experienced Judges to experienced Judges to investigate the causes thereof and to propose solutions. It is headed by Corbin, J.A. and with him are Braithwaite and Cross, JJ. Their Secretary will be Mr. Carlton Best, Assistant Registrar. I have requested them to let me have their report and recommendations within four weeks and it is my fond hope that long before we meet again at the opening of the next law term the problems will have been eliminated.

THE COURT OF APPEAL I turn now to the Court of Appeal. Happily we are in a very fortunate position there. From the information and records supplied to me I am in the happy position to say, that all the cases filed with the court have been placed on the list for hearing in October, except the Criminal Appeals which have not yet come to hand but for which days of hearing have been set aside. It would be useful I think, to point out here for the information of the public (the lawyers know it or should know it only too well) that unless the record of a case is filed in the Court of Appeal by the solicitor for the appellant

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