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Fridays Public Court House

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Fridays Public Court House

Went to see court/trials open to the public at 10:00 am Friday morning in Hamilton Court House on our last visit- was not very exciting- small/petty crimes(left after about an hour). Where(if any) can we watch more interesting Court cases on our next visit... (like we have in Baltimore) ?

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1. Re: Fridays Public Court House

I hope that you are joking.

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2. Re: Fridays Public Court House

Bermuda--68,000 resident population (approx)

Bermuda Metro--68,000 (approx.)

Baltimore City--650,000 (approx.)

Baltimore County--805,000 (approx.)

Baltimore Metro--2,000,000 (approx.)

There are certainly the occasional '..sensational..' criminal trials that occur in Bermuda (unfortunately more often than in the past these days) but for the most part, if Bermuda held over every major felony trail within the past ten years, they wouldn't come close to matching the Baltimore County criminal court docket for this week.

Edited: 28 July 2011, 16:31
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3. Re: Fridays Public Court House

Sounds like you were in magistrates court. Supreme courts are on the corner of front and court streets and in the parliament building, next door to magistrates. Read www.theroyalgazette.com and www.bernews.com to see who's going to court, what for and when.

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Reminds me of how amused we are when we read the court news in the Cape Cod newspapers. Assault with a weapon - a shod foot. Admittedly that can do a lot of damage but that's about the extent of the violent crimes. A fair amount of drunk driving and some minor drug offences and that's about it. No guns, or holdups, not even much breaking and entering which is surprising considering the number of empty houses on the Cape at some times of the year. Crime seems so minor on the whole on Bermuda compared to some places. Let's hope it stays that way.

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i believe we've had 7 murders this year, i wouldn't call that minor. but yes- bermuda is a very safe place, relatively speaking. most crime is domestic/gang related.

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News reports of major crimes are a relatively '..new..' concept...brought on by the expansion of available media (cable/satellite TV, the internet where anyone with an ISP account can '..report..'). In decades past there was an unspoken '..agreement..' among '..the-powers-that-be..' that publicly 'reporting' such news was bad for Bermuda's image. So much of what was Bermuda's 'crime' was seldom set in type.

During Bermuda's '..trial of the century..' for the murders of a the Crown Governour, his aide and his dog, on the grounds of Government House...the new Governour imposed a 'gag order' on the local press. Unless you read The Royal Gazette very closely during this period, you'd hardly have thought that there'd been anything more going on than business-as-usual in the courts.

Even today, when there are reports of crimes like burglaries...if it has occurred at a residence, the location will be reported. But if there is a burglary at a guest accommodation the name of the guest accommodation is seldom (if ever) even mentioned.

The year after the 'trial-of-the-century', I was speaking with the woman who owned the small guesthouse we were staying at about it. Her response was, "..Honey...we don't air our dirty laundry in public..'.

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7. Re: Fridays Public Court House

You are incorrect.

8. Re: Fridays Public Court House

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