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Judge labels prosecution ‘a shambles’ in court

Stipendiary Magistrate Charles Pitto said yesterday that the prosecution was “in a shambles” after a string of cases had to be adjourned this week because of missing paperwork.

Mr Pitto was referring to the fact that three dockets of evidence needed for cases at the Magistrates Court had “gone missing”, resulting in unnecessary delay and additional cost to the public purse.

A docket - the file containing prosecution evidence in a criminal case – is prepared by the Royal Gibraltar Police and is supposed to take around six to eight weeks to be completed.

In some of the cases where delays arose, the dockets were simply not ready. In others, they were ready but had not been brought to court.

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