Stephen Julien is Saint Lucia’s new Attorney General.
The announcement was made last night by Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
Stephen Julien is a former Saint Lucia Consul General in Canada and a former Magistrate.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for him,” the Prime Minister said of the new appointee who is scheduled to be officially sworn in this morning at Government House.
Chastanet asserted that he was very excited about the amount of support that the government will be giving to Julien.
He disclosed that one of the most successful Attorneys General in the United Kingdom has agreed to mentor the new Saint Lucia appointee.
According to Chastanet, Stephen Julien has the energy, vision and passion to make a big change in the office of the Attorney General here.
He was appointed via the Public Service Commission.
Julien replaces Kim St Rose who spent her last day in office on October 14, 2016.
St Rose, appointed under the former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration, was directly involved as Attorney General in two court cases that involved Allen Chastanet before he became Prime Minister.
She became a part of Chastanet’s cabinet by default after his then opposition United Workers Party (UWP) won the June 6, 2016 general elections by a margin of 11 to 6.
Kim St Rose was on contract until 2018.
However the fact that she was a legal claimant against Chastanet while sitting in his cabinet made the government uncomfortable with the situation.
Just last month the Prime Minister had announced at a news conference that finding a win-win situation regarding the Kim St Rose situation was a priority.
Chastanet announced last night on local television that St Rose has agreed to become a Special Advisor to the to the Prime Minister dealing especially with Constitutional review.
“I am grateful to Kim St Rose – we spent a lot of time discussing and negotiating,” the Prime Minister stated.
He expressed the hope of meeting soon with the opposition to identify points of agreement on the report of the Constitutional Review Commission, so that appropriate legislation can be brought before parliament.
“A constitutional review requires two-thirds majority so I have to do it in conjunction with the opposition,” Chastanet explained.