Suva Justice of the Peace Seini Puamau has really useful the Fiji Police Pressure develop an in-person and on-line system for witness follow- up and alter of handle notifications.
This after the trial of a person didn’t proceed earlier than her not too long ago as a result of police couldn’t find their key witness.
Vuli Levuiwasa had initially appeared in court docket in 2018 charged with one depend of assault inflicting precise bodily hurt.
“I grant the State’s software for adjournment and can adjourn the matter for trial to December 2023, however I order that the State pay to the accused the sum of $100 in wasted prices to defray him the prices to him in misplaced revenue, wasted journey bills and misplaced time,” said Ms Puamau in her October 25 ruling.
“This sum is to be paid to the Felony Court docket Registry inside 30 days and the stated quantity might be transferred to the accused particular person’s checking account instantly thereafter.
“The prosecutor and the investigating officer have performed the very best they might within the circumstances. It is a methods error, to borrow a computing phrase.
“Witnesses typically transfer and overlook to inform law enforcement officials of their new handle and speak to data.”
“It’s my advice that the Fiji Police Pressure develop an in-person and on-line system for witness follow-up and witness change of handle notifications as a way to be sure that this drawback doesn’t re-occur.”