Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Joint Court: “Decrease in crime”

CourtWILLEMSTAD - The number of criminal cases in Curacao has decreased from 952 to 699. This was indicated in the annual report of the Joint Court.

The number of infringement cases has also declined. In 2013, 16.838 offense cases were treated, one year before, the number was still at 19.022. According to the Prosecution, this is the result of the reorganization within the police force and also the assigning of more judges to handle these complex cases. The number of court rulings in criminal cases has risen from 2,375 to 2,648.

In Aruba, St. Maarten and Bonaire, the number of criminal cases has increased significantly. The influx of civil cases in the Courts in 2013 has slightly decreased and the number of seizure cases has decreased sharply. Cases where the counterparty does not appear will be treated by the Court in absentia. That’s where there are some major differences between the Courts on the various islands. So many cases are ruled on without opposition (63 percent) in Aruba, while significantly less in Sint Maarten (23 percent).

In total, the Court ruled on 45,225 lawsuits last year in Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the BES islands. In 2012, that number stood at 44,336.

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