stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados

spot_img

loop news st lucia, the loop st lucia, loop st lucia, st lucia loop news online, st lucia news online today, st lucia, st lucia news, stlucia news, st lucia news online, stlucianewsonline, st. lucia news online, st lucia breaking news, stlucianews

Mary Francis Laments Court Closure, Calls For Justice To Get Same Priority As Health

Join Our WhatsApp Channel

Get news updates directly on your mobile device through WhatsApp

- Advertisement -

Asserting that the authorities are not serious about justice and lamenting the closure of the District Court, Attorney at Law Mary Francis has urged that justice get the same priority as health.

“They don’t have the correct idea. They don’t have any respect for the justice system and its importance. The hospital doors are never closed, so the court doors are supposed to remain open. By that, I mean to say that the same importance placed on health, the same priority should be given to the justice system.” the outspoken Human Rights advocate told St Lucia Times.

Francis declared that justice and health were equal.

She told St Lucia Times that she and others who had matters before the District Court received notification on Wednesday of the court’s closure¬† that day and on Thursday due to environmental issues.

- Advertisement -

The Attorney at Law noted that this has occurred as Saint Lucia has moved to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court.

And expressing concern for the welfare of District Court staff, she called on the government to look into the matter.

According to the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights Coordinator, the District Court represented the first rung in the court system.

“District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, CCJ. While looking abroad to the CCJ, we need to attend to the problems at home first. I think the CCJ decision was lop-sided while neglecting what’s affecting the people, especially the poor man who is always arrested because of social problems,” Francis told St Lucia Times.

She noted that she had been concerned about the District Court for years, recalling that she had explained to the then Attorney General in the 1980s about water descending into her registrar’s office from a toilet above.

Francis recalled that the justice system, which she described as ‘the cradle of our civilisation’, needed attention then.

 

- Advertisement -
Editorial Staff
Our Editorial Staff at St. Lucia Times is a team publishing news and other articles to over 200,000 regular monthly readers in Saint Lucia and in over 150 other countries worldwide.

Please note that comments are being moderated. When commenting, please remember: 1) be respectful of all, 2) don't make accusations or post anything that is unverified, 3) don't include foul language, 4) limit links, 5) use words not volume, 6) don't add promotional content. Comments that do not meet the above criteria or adhere to our "Commenting Policy" will not be published.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Mary Francis you Deepest Concern is Representing Criminals and not the Victims at all .So many Mothers Children in St.Lucia have been Rsped and Murdered how many of these parents have you Represented at the Courts Zero.You Should take about a 10years time out because are very Bias towards the Victims

  2. Lol..But Mary they don’t even care about Healthcare. Which Saint Lucia have you been living in? 14 years and we are still waiting for St. Jude’s. So no I don’t want them to give the Justice system the same level of priority as Health Care. That’s setting the bar wayyy too low!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

TRENDING

Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
%d bloggers like this:
Send this to a friend