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Vybz Kartel Hearing: Court listing shows retrial cases up to late 2026


by Kelsey Thomas (Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Court of Appeal Justice Marva McDonald-Bishop has revealed that the Supreme Court’s diary has cases scheduled for retrial by jury stretching as far as late 2026.

She made the disclosure as the final day of the retrial hearing for entertainer Vybz Kartel and his co-accused got underway Friday.

On Thursday, Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Claudette Thompson said the court system should be able to accommodate a retrial of the dancehall star and his co-accused by 2025.

Thompson was arguing the point regarding the length of time that has elapsed between the alleged offence and a new trial.

However, McDonald-Bishop noted that within the past six years, two cases that have been sent back from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court for retrial are yet to be given a date for the proceedings up to this day.

McDonald-Bishop said the dates in the court’s diary for retrial by judge alone are currently at late 2025 while for retrial by jury are currently at late 2026.

The justice also told the court she would not be asking questions or seeking clarification during Friday’s session.

“What I leave here with unclear will have to stay unclear…I won’t waste my time this morning reminding anyone what they should do…It’s a matter for you how you all do your submission,” McDonald-Bishop said.

The hearing started on Monday and is expected to end Friday.

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