Remote court proceedings frustrate Haines law enforcement

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | Local Government | Southeast | State GovernmentRemote court proceedings frustrate Haines law enforcementJuly 13, 2018 by Abbey Collins, KHNS-Haines Share:The Haines court. (Emily Files)State budget cuts impact several agencies, including the Alaska Court System.For rural communities like Haines, where residents are already separated from some court services, the impacts of a shrinking budget compound existing frustrations.Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg, representatives from Juneau’s Public Defender’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, Haines District Court, local police department and local government came together for a community meeting in Haines.Pallenberg, who is based in Juneau, covers superior court cases out of Haines, and he’ll soon take over for retiring District Court Judge Thomas Nave, who also covers Chilkat Valley cases.“I feel really strongly the court should bring justice to the people as much as possible and do as many trials as I can in Haines,” Pallenberg said.Some court proceedings are held by telephone because of the time and money it takes to travel between Haines and Juneau.“If I’ve got an hour-long hearing, I can’t necessarily travel to Haines and miss a whole day out of my court calendar to do it,” Pallenberg said. “With the travel time, I’ve got a busy calendar. I can’t always do it. But as much as possible I do. And if I have an all-day trial and the people are here, I’ll come to them.”Haines Police Chief Heath Scott said justice isn’t served adequately when court business is done telephonically.“If we can change behavior through sets of circumstances, like inconveniencing someone to be in front of a judge, and they see that judge, and that judge, in the courtroom, and the structure of the courtroom, holds them accountable to stand up straight, not chew bubblegum, get their hands out of their pockets, and they feel the frustration of being before somebody like yourself, then maybe we can change that behavior,” Scott said.Scott hopes the court can better utilize available technology in the future.“That at least when you are unable to sit here in Haines, and when Judge Asper is unable to sit here in Haines, they are seeing some form of structure,” Scott said. “They are being held in some way accountable.”Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige suggested Haines could benefit from using a poly-com system, to allow for video conferencing.“I think it would help with what Chief Scott pointed out,” Paige said. “Which is that it does increase the severity of the circumstances. People take it more seriously when they can see the judge that’s responding to them.”Clayton Jones provides administrative support for the First Judicial District. He said Haines already has the technology to do this.It’s uncertain whether it would be reliable on a regular basis.“Depending upon the bandwidth that day — we all certainly have felt the effects of having a cruise ship in town and what that does to our bandwidth,” Jones said. “We do face some realities of not being able to use it 100 percent of the time.”Amid state budget cuts, the court system has consolidated responsibilities throughout the state.A few years ago, Haines’ magistrate judge retired and Yakutat Magistrate Mary Kay Germain took over his responsibilities, in addition to covering Yakutat and Hoonah.Soon after, retired Judge Linn Asper came back to the Haines court on a part-time basis.His current appointment ends in about a year.The court system still plans to consolidate magistrate positions, with one judge serving several communities.Court hours have also been reduced in recent years.Haines Borough Manager Debra Schnabel called the reduction of court services “alarming.”“It’s alarming and it’s tragic,” Schnabel said. “That is what we’re supposed to be doing is carrying justice. And it’s not getting done.”Budget cuts have affected resources for state prosecutors as well.Paige still takes on as many local cases as she can.“I at least take every case that comes from the Haines Borough Police Department seriously,” Paige said. “I prosecute as many as I can. Not because I want to send people to jail but because it increases the quality of life and it can really help people if they can get into rehabilitation services.”Share this story:last_img read more

Tesco bolsters its corporate finance team

first_imgMonday 26 January 2015 5:35 am Share whatsapp Jessica Morris Tesco bolsters its corporate finance team Embattled Tesco is bolstering its corporate finance team, implying the retailer will take more moves to increase its cash position in the future.The supermarket is reported to have headhunters searching for someone to lead a small corporate finance department, which would look at investment opportunities, portfolio reviews and mergers and acquisitions. The new role would report to new chief executive Dave Lewis, finance director Alan Stewart and group strategy director Benny Higgins, according to a report by the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources.Tesco, which is the UK’s biggest supermarket, is widely expected to take steps to gut its bloated balance sheet. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s recently followed Moody’s by slashing the supermarket’s credit rating to junk, saying its cost-cutting efforts did not go far enough.Despite this, not everyone is feeling quite so pessimistic. Broker JP Morgan recently upgraded Tesco to “overweight” from “equal weight”. It said the market was underestimating Tesco’s ability to improve its profit margins and it had the “sufficient firepower and self-help to improve meaningfully the competitiveness of its UK customer proposition”.Tesco’s turnaround plan, which was unveiled earlier this month, included a number of measures to boost its cash position such as scrapping its dividend, cost-cutting and the sale of marketing arm Dunnhumby. New chief executive Dave Lewis also announced a new pricing strategy, a new UK boss and plans to sell off some assets.This means we could see moves similar to the sale of music streaming service Blinkbox – which has been bought by Australian firm Guvera for an undisclosed sum. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GamePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinition Show Comments ▼ Tags: Company Tescolast_img read more