The Criminal Court is to open during this weekend to provide criminal record checks for those seeking to contest in January’s local council elections.
The Criminal Court is facing an unusual amount of traffic for criminal record and debt record checks with an estimated 4000 candidates contesting the 1091 local council seats.
In 2011, candidates had to sign a declaration stating they had no record of criminal activity or decreed debt. However, several councillors were disqualified from their seats after election and the Elections Commission amended its regulations mandating candidates to submit criminal and debt records with their applications.
Applications are due on December 8 and elections are scheduled for January 18.
The Criminal Court will be open from 9:00 am – 5 pm on Saturday.
Debt and criminal records will be made available on the day of request from the Criminal Court, local media reports.
In addition to the Criminal Court, the Department of Judicial Administration, the Supreme Court and the Department of Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Services (DPRS) also provides records of criminal activity and debt.