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Plea court cancelled due to magistrate’s furlough

Court schedules were disrupted on Monday after a magistrate was forced to take a day off as part of a Government cost-cutting drive.

The regular session of plea court was cancelled at the eleventh hour after it was discovered that one magistrate was scheduled to take a furlough day of unpaid leave.

A court spokesman said: “Yesterday, certain administrative matters in connection with the furlough day required the immediate attention of the magistrates in consultation with the Chief Justice.

“The relevant issues are being addressed and, ultimately, will be resolved so that the judiciary is better able to fulfil its mandate. Magistrates' Court was open for business as usual today.”

Civil servants, including the Island's four magistrates, have been asked to reduce the number of days they work in a year in order to reduce Government's salaries bill.

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Published October 01, 2013 at 4:21 pm (Updated October 02, 2013 at 12:08 am)

Plea court cancelled due to magistrate’s furlough

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