Coroner’s post vacant
It remains unknown who will fill the coroner’s post left vacant by William Campbell, who spent his last day in office on Friday. The Jamaican attorney’s contract has expired and has not been renewed.
According to unconfirmed reports, a sitting magistrate may act as coroner until a full-time appointment is made.
The number of pending cases before the Coroner’s Court dropped dramatically before Campbell’s tenure ended. Campbell disposed ofmore than half of the 100-plus matters, some of which lingered in the system for years.
During a recent debate on the Coroner’s Bill in the Senate, Free National Movement(FNM)Senator and Attorney General John Delaney said the government is moving quickly to dispose of the pending coroner’s cases.
He said in 2004 and 2005 there were more than 100 cases for each year.
However, today there are currently 64 cases pending. During debate in the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said 229 cases were disposed of from January to November this year.
Ingraham said he hoped to have two operational coroners’courts to meet the needs of New Providenceand the Family Islands.