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Mary Francis Says Address Societal Weaknesses Before Moving To The CCJ


Declaring that she is not against the Caribbean Court of Justice, Attorney at Law Mary Francis believes Saint Lucia must address societal weaknesses before making the court its final appellate jurisdiction.

“The CCJ train is going ahead,” Francis observed.

But she declared that the country must urgently address societal weaknesses first.

She compared the situation to someone wishing to reach the top of a ladder that has broken lower rungs.

“We want to get to the apex – the CCJ and the CCJ train is going along. But what about the inquests we need to have? What about reforms in the police force and the justice system?” The outspoken Human Rights advocate told St Lucia Times.

The Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights felt Saint Lucians generally are more concerned about social justice, fixing the ‘rotten’ justice system, police use of force, and bread and butter issues.

She said those in authority need to address the people’s concerns before Saint Lucia moves to the CCJ.

“I think the crisis is ongoing and it is time for the government to do something to allay the situation,” Francis stated.

“Eventually, we must get to the CCJ, but let us address those pressing problems, or else we will be at the CCJ, and the problems will remain,” the Attorney at Law stated.

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  1. I firmly believed you are a trouble individual in my opinion and that securing a pay check from the human rights organization doesn’t mean you need to expose your delinquency in so many levels. CCJ is not a rat race, the privy council was just an imposter to make one believed that’s the final decision on matters. You need to know how to trend, what to do and how to do it! These proclamations in media fraternity is just farce….

  2. This administration knows why they so eager to go to the CCJ, it will serve in their interest later down the line. PJP you are by the far the the worst Prime Minister in the history of St. Lucia politics, you make Kenny look really good.

  3. You can’t be in favour of the CCJ and then say societal ills must be addressed before the CCJ is made the country’s final appellate Court.,That tells me you’re really not in favour of the CCJ. What you’re saying is that we should not leave the Privy Council before our address societal ills. As a human rights lawyer don’t see the Privy Council as part of the problem? How can the rights of an individual be assured if he/she can’t access the Council? Right now, only the rich and powerful can access the Privy Council. Are you OK with that? Stop throwing red herrings in the path of equal rights and Justice.

  4. I personally really don’t know how to judge you . Because of the side of your fence that you are standing on remains the same

  5. So you’re saying get rid of the corrupt one in high positions first that it may have a powerful domino effect.
    Not gonna happen


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