THE Labasa Magistrates Court has thanked police prosecutors for producing witnesses on time despite the absence of defence counsels in court.
In hearing the case of a man who was charged with one count of criminal intimidation and damaging property yesterday, Magistrate Sia'iniu Fa'alogo Bull was happy to see that all the seven witnesses were present in court.
Magistrate Bull told police prosecutor Monish Chand that such positive response by police was commendable.
Meanwhile, the accused Sakaraia Talatu is alleged to have committed the offence in Labasa in 2006.
Defence counsel Penijamini Lomaloma was not present to represent Mr Talatu as he was away in Suva for a special workshop.
Magistrate Bull told the witnesses that they would not be served with a summons for the next hearing date.
However, she reminded the witnesses that they would need to avail themselves for the next hearing.
She said failure to appear in court on the next hearing would warrant a summons for witnesses from police officers.
The case is adjourned to March 13.