Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Lewellyn, is appealing this afternoon for more resources to deal with an expected increase in court cases to be tried in St. James.

The call comes against the background of an upsurge in gun violence and murders in the parish over the past few weeks.

Miss Lewellyn says this will further strain an already over-burdened justice system.

She says there’re about 80 cases still awaiting trial in the Circuit court in St. James.

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The DPP says some of these cases have been on the trial list for three years.

According to Miss Lewellyn, murder cases from incidents occurring in the parish over the past few months, are likely to hit the circuit court by next March.

She’s again calling on the government to provide more resources including court rooms.

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