Jamaica Gleaner / A total of 17 persons today pleaded guilty to murder and sex-related offences in the St Catherine Circuit Court during the third staging of sentence reduction day.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says four persons pleaded guilty to murder while 13 persons pleaded guilty to a range of sexual offences.
They are to be sentenced at a later date.
Yesterday 40 persons pleaded guilty to several criminal offences in the Home Circuit Court and the Gun Court during the second instalment of sentence reduction day.
According to the Court Management Service, 26 guilty pleas were accepted in the Gun Court for illegal possession of firearm, shooting with intent and robbery with aggravation.
The remaining 14 guilty pleas came in the Home Circuit Court for the offences of murder, manslaughter and having sex with a person under 16 years old.
A majority of them will be sentenced on December 15.
Paula Llewellyn, the Director of Public Prosecutions, says the 57 guilty pleas will save at least three months of trial time that will be used to hear other cases.
Sentence reduction is part of the initiatives introduced by court administrators to help ease the backlog of cases clogging up the courts.
It guarantees a discount of up to 50 per cent on sentences for persons who plead guilty.