Annual report Common Court of Justice: Criminal cases down twenty percent

POSTED: 05/29/12 1:27 PM

St. Maarten – The court in Philipsburg handled 243 criminal cases in 2011, a decline of 20 percent compared to 2010, when there were 304 cases brought before the judge. The 2011 annual report of the Common Court of Justice shows that St. Maarten took in 3,489 cases (civil, criminal and administrative combined) and that 3,363 cases (96.4 percent) were dealt with.
The court furthermore handled 1,876 misdemeanors, down from 2,017 in 2010.
The Judge of Instruction dealt with 36 house searches, compared to just 23 the year before.
Under civil law, the number of summary proceedings also declined, from 240 in 2010 to 203 last year. There were 15 requests to put somebody under legal restraint, significantly less than the 35 cases in 2010.
The court in St. Maarten booked a positive result of 3.9 million guilders ($2.2 million) over the extended book year from October 10 2010 until December 31, 2011. The court worked in 2011 with a budget of 3.4 million guilders ($1.9 million), but it managed to spend only 68 percent of the projected expenses, saving a bit more than 1 million guilders ($561,000).

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