Court Assignment Report
The Supreme Court case was held on the 28th of August at 9 am in the morning. The magistrate was justice Judge Henry, the male defendant was Mr. Franklin James Oberlander and the one being prosecuted was Cokcoe. The case was criminal proceedings since it involved drug trafficking which is considered harmful to the society. Moreover, I attended the magistrate court as well where I also heard the proceedings.
The case that was filed for hearing at the Supreme Court involved the issue of drug trafficking. The court room was silent and as the judge entered the people were made to stand by the court official and again ordered to sit as the Judge sat (Lawrence, 2012). The hearing begun as the person charged was brought for the case for either being proved guilty or innocent by the law. However, through the defendant lawyer, the court was made aware that the respondent was not around at that time and he doesn’t know where he could be. The judge insisted that the hearing will continue irrespective of whether the defendant is present or not. However, the defense lawyer pleaded with the court to allow him a day extension to settle the matter. The judge informed the defense lawyer that the only time the hearing could take place is on the 21st, 22nd or the 23rd of September and fortunately they agreed that it would be held at 2:15 pm on 22nd of September. The judge told the defense lawyer to file the extension and bring them on 1st of September for the hearing to be accepted. The judge then finished by making a summary of the happenings.
The first similarity that is noticed in the two courts is the etiquette application. In both courts, as the judge enters the court room all the people are standing and also sitting as he sits. The use of respective languages like ‘’ my lord or my honor’’ was common in both courts when addressing the Judge or perhaps the magistrate. Additionally, in both cases the court is adjourned by the magistrate, and they seem to lack important aspect needed for the court to move on, and it’s therefore rendered incomplete and then postponed. In both cases, the matter brought before the tribunal for hearing is considered to be criminal offenses. For example, at the Supreme Court it is drug trafficking which is a criminal offense while at the magistrate it is careless driving of Mr. Love and in the same measure, it is considered criminal cases since the lives of the people in the society is deemed to be at risk. On the other hand, at the supreme court, the cases was pushed forward due to the absence of the defendant while at the magistrate court the prosecutor lacked some of the essential information to continue with the case and the judge adjourned the hearing as the attorney continues to seek for more evidence. In the magistrate court, one case is heard in two sessions as opposed to the supreme courts (Douglas, 2008).
The visit to the two courts was very beneficial to me as I happen to learn more information about the courts. I learn the use of right words like my lord and others. Moreover, I also learned the arrangement of the courts and learned the differences.
Douglas, H. (2008). The criminal law’s response to domestic violence: what’s going on. Sydney L. Rev., 30, 439.
Lawrence, S. (2012). Ethics and law. The Medical Journal of Australia, 196(6), 404-405.