Magistrates needed but adequate pay is an issue

Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has disclosed that there is a need for more magistrates.

But remuneration is an issue in attracting the right candidates.

“One of the problems with the magistrates is although we have advertised for the post we are not getting the caliber of persons that we want locally,” Francis stated.

He observed that persons overseas are interested but pay is an issue.

“Just like we had to do with the DPP to raise the emoluments, I think we will have to start looking at doing that for the magistracy,” he said.

Francis disclosed that the magistrates have made representation on how this can be done and the matter is now being considered with Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.

Francis said there was need for about four additional magistrates.

He revealed that interviews were conducted.

“The process went through but I don’t think that those persons who applied were as successful as we hoped they would have been,” the minister declared.

Francis made the remarks while observing that there is no functioning courthouse in the South of the Island.

“That has been a problem for a while,” the minister explained.

He said the old police station was being renovated to be used as a courthouse.

According to Francis, there are not enough magistrates to enable them to serve the South.

He said all of the matters in Vieux Fort have been adjourned with some matters being diverted to Castries for case management while other cases have been sent to Soufriere.

Nevertheless, Francis said this poses a burden on individuals who have to pay transportation costs.

As a result he explained that “in very short order” the authorities are looking to get a building and magistrates to fill available posts.

He said one Magistrate has retired, another has been promoted and one has left due to medical issues.

As a result the minister noted that the interviewing process is continuing while an active search is underway for buildings  to serve as courthouses.

9 Comments

  1. Christine D
    July 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    only in St Lucia

  2. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I think Mr. Francis is thinking with the perfect Solution to solve that problem.
    Let us bring back our Ex-pats to solve that problem and others also.
    We have Ex-pats to do the jobs needed done to MAKE SAINT LUCIA GREAT AGAIN.
    We are in America.CANADA. ENGLAND,etc.
    We can negotiate Salaries..Success positive..

    1. Robb Sawyer
      July 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

      It seems like you are referring to Re-pats, as opposed to Ex-pats. Right?

  3. Eric Shon
    July 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Ogilvy is available in 2 years time, maybe sooner if is on good behaviour. Probably will do the job on the cheap.

  4. Armchair Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I am stymied by St Lucia’s judicial “system”. Who ever is at the helm, deserves to be sent home. In this day and age, the system is 50 years behind: the courthouses are in dire straits of rehabilitation, now not enough magistrates to carry on their jobs – in Vieux Fort – only NOW, setting up a courthouse there?! From another derelict building? This is over 40 years behind time!!! St Lucia has so many lawyers (they fill up about 4 pages in the yellow pages alone), yet, our judicial system is in shambles! This should not be, and not in this day and age. Get a grip and fix it!!!

  5. Trump
    July 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Allan will make st lucia great again

  6. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Of course he will with time … the former administration was there and what dod they do??? Did they deal with the situation NO ….
    All they good for is to be in opposition so lets kee them there to keep watch ove rthe government!

  7. Justice
    July 28, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Sympathize with you Hermangild. But at least you talking out. La Corbs was mute with not a word. Living in his own world and only about protecting his non existent reputation.

  8. Anonymous
    July 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

    The person who finds the court buildings are not good why didn’t he complaine when the opposition was in office he didn’t see that. Because the present government is trying to do something to better the system now he cretisizing. You idiot Jack a$$.

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