Mary Francis calls for ‘common sense’ at Registry

Mary Francis, the outspoken local Attorney at Law and Human Rights Activist, has called for employees of the Civil Status Registry to apply “a little common sense” in the exercise of their duties.

Francis told the Times that if that happens and the letter of the law is not adhered to, it would bring relief to citizens.

Francis asserted that there were some situations at the registry that have had “ridiculous outcomes.”

“People are being denied their documents on time,” she observed.

The Attorney at Law called on the authorities to take a fresh look at the civil status laws, to allow for some form of discretion in certain exceptional circumstances.

She cited a case, which she said was one of several, in which  a Saint Lucian citizen who was born in the UK is being frustrated in an attempt to renew his passport.

Francis recalled that in 2011 citizens took to the streets to protest hardships in obtaining birth certificates and other records.

“As a result of the protests and the grumblings attention was paid and they were able to allow them to have sufficient office space and staff, with a new civil status act,” the Human Rights Activist observed.

However she lamented that six years after the citizens demonstrated and the “so called changes “, people still face hardships to obtain documents in a timely fashion.


  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    workers have a stinking attitude and are lazy. Just slip the an extra $50 or more you’ll see how fast your documents will be in your hands. I went there a few years ago just to get some info. A young lady stood behind the counter talking to another one i ask her a question, instead of answering she told me she was busy and pointed to a lady who was attending to customers. All of these lazy janes need to go.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      August 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      “I went there a few years ago…” Are you making that conclusion from what you experienced those years ago? Because that is just being quite dumb. The issue being discussed in the article is far different than your outdated grievance to begin with, it has no place being here.