The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) has released plans put in place for court appearances tomorrow and on May 31st by airport protesters charged in connection with the pepper spraying incident on December 2nd.
All sessions will take place at the Dame Lois Browne Evans building. Two separate appearances are scheduled, one in the morning and the other on Friday afternoon.
A police spokesman said they’re “aware that appeals are being made for the public to show support for the defendants and therefore, plans are in place to cater to large numbers of people attending on the days mentioned”.
“The aim of our plan is to accommodate a peaceful gathering, should it occur, while ensuring the normal proceedings of the Courts and other functions in the building.
“Accordingly, the entryway to the Dame Lois Browne Evans building on Court Street must always remain clear and unobstructed to allow free passage,” he said.
“It should be noted that these court appearances are expected to be brief.
“The public is reminded that all the rules of the Courts, along with any instructions issued by a member of the judiciary, are strictly enforced to maintain proper security and order in the Courts.
“The general rules include:
- No standing in the court room. No further access will be granted once all seating is taken.
- No banners or signs of any kind are permitted in the court room.
- No cell phones or recording devices are permitted.
- All persons in the public gallery are expected to follow the rules of the Courts which include silence and no interruptions of any kind once proceedings have commenced.
- All persons entering the courts are subject to security search. Motorcycle helmets and other bulky items are not permitted to be carried.
“The public can expect to see an increased police presence in and around the Dame Lois Browne Evans building to assist with managing the activity Friday and the following Wednesday.
“Currently, the plan is to keep the streets open around the courts, but this may change if the need arises.
“The media will be kept informed of our plans, and the public can receive updates via our social media feeds.
“Business owners in the vicinity, and anyone planning to attend those businesses, should plan for additional activity in the area.
“The BPS is reaching out to community leaders and organizers to share these plans and ensure that everyone knows what to expect both days.
“We anticipate that any activity in relation to these short court appearances will be conducted peacefully and lawfully and any questions in this regard should be directed to the Operational Planning Unit on telephone 247-1362.”