Court accused of sanctioning unlawful Police behaviour

Court accused of sanctioning unlawful Police behaviour

Attorney at Law, Mary Francis, has accused the court of , in effect, sanctioning unlawful behaviour by the police.

“More often than not when you have cases against the state, the court comes down on the side of the state – on the side of the Attorney General and  in effect, sanctioning unlawful behaviour of the police. That is what has been going on for the longest while,” the outspoken Human Rights Activist told the Times.

“Now and again you may get a judgement in favour of the person who has been wronged by the state – by the police, but more often than not, the court has as its business to go down on the side of the state and this is not right at all,” Francis lamented.

She told the Times that if the situation continues Saint Lucia will become a police state.

“If the executive is taking no action against the police and then the court is coming down on the side of the police and the state, where are we? Where is the small man who is left to suffer, sometimes maimed by the police – shot, killed by the police?” Francis said.

Francis made the comments while calling for  an inquest into the  recent death of a Dennery resident at sea.

Police said the death occurred after a canoe rammed a Marine Police vessel.

Francis has also called for an inquest into the fatal shooting of a man who allegedly tried to rob an armed Special Police Constable in plain clothes in George V Park.

She asserted that nothing was happening in terms of judicial reform including greater access to justice.

The Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights acknowledged that there is independence of the judiciary, a principle that must be defended.

However she called for a more ‘liberal’ approach.

“They must come down to reality, or else reality will be taken to the courts, the executive and the government. This is not the real world in Saint Lucia, they are living away from reality,” she stated.

Francis said the court must function in a way to ensure that there is ‘real justice’.

She said she is very worried about the situation because justice and peace are ‘inextricably linked.’

“No justice no peace,” the Human Rights Campaigner remarked, adding that the people must be respected and have equal access to justice.

“Not only for those who can afford it, but those who need it and cannot afford it as well,” Francis told the Times.

 

 

 

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27 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 28, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Amen sister.
    If there’s one time I agree with you is now.
    Lots of sense…………

  2. John Williams
    July 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Yawn.Stretch. Back to my nap because nothing is happening.

  3. A Voter
    July 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply

    The court is only following the Bad Behaviour of this Fake Guvamant or Government of the bow Allen led Administration. Their blatant disregard for the constitution would have this adverse effect all around us.
    Chastanet is good for Saint Lucia 🇱🇨.

    1. Both Sides
      July 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Did you not read the line where she said this have been happening for a while now…(meaning over ten years or more)……..you retarded.
      Government in power have noting to do with the judicial system which have been there for decades. Educate yourself.

      1. Anonymous
        July 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply

        The fact that she made the now is an indictment of this current government.

      2. Mwen Mem
        July 29, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply

        Well put.

      3. Merciful
        July 29, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply

        Are you retarded so who is in charge of the judicial system?

  4. Lucianman101
    July 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

    This is a fair point raised by Ms Francis

  5. SixForANine
    July 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Welcome to our “modern” judicial system where most times you go to jail based on who can (or can’t afford) to represent you in the court of law.
    Guess what “criminals” get away with murder (figuratively or literally) all the time. Not because they didn’t do it but because the process is flawed.
    Guess what, if they can get off the hook scot free so can the officers of the law.
    So don’t come and talk about a “Police state”, talk about an outdated judicial system that is not in keeping with the times, talk about court cases being adjourned 6 or 7 times for reasons like, an attorney has to pickup someone at the airport etc.
    Utter rubbish if you ask me!

    1. Both Sides
      July 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

      I certainly agree. Well said. Everytime Mary comes out and talk about human rights, its always in defense of a criminal…smh…..and she wants to talk about the judicial system which she is also a part of….this woman is so ridiculous.

      1. Merciful
        July 29, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply

        You are so uneducated not your fault.

  6. Lucian
    July 28, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I think that all lawyers and persons with a view point on becoming magistrates and judges should strongly condemned these words by Mary francis. To state that the courts are encouraging criminality is a serious and unbelievable accusation by Mary francis who is a learned lawyer and ought to know better. This woman should submit herself for a mental evaluation

    1. Anonymous
      July 29, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply

      Mary Francis is part of the system so she knows exartly what she is talking about.

  7. Francis should be robbed or be a vicTim of crime to understand
    July 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Francis how old are you? Most times these criminals deserve it.we should take example from the philapines

  8. Anonymous
    July 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Jesus!!! Lady stop!! The court is failing?!? Inquests into fatal police shootings involve juries! Are you saying that the st Lucians who provide a service are failing?! Juries decide whether these matters are lawful or unlawful. Her comments are making people believe that a magistrate or other members of the executive have any say in these matters… Sigh

  9. lucian
    July 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm Reply

    A St. Lucia lawyer is accusing the Judiciary of wrong doing, of being bias, impartial and supporting criminality. She must b a mad woman

    1. Merciful
      July 29, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply

      She is right

  10. Anonymous
    July 28, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Mary obviously prefers a criminal state than a police state. I certainly would feel much safer in a police state.

  11. Khayti
    July 29, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply

    To those who seem nor to understand what Mary Francis us saying, let us not view justice in terms of emotions. The law does not apply to the supposed criminal only it is there to govern the actions of everyone. She is correct in her findings. At best St Lucia is a police state and a democracy has no room for this system. We need to address the situation which has been left to fester for many years without redress. If we do not we will have a major insurrection on our hands and nit even the I’ll equipped plce force will be able to deal with it. We have instances of extra judicial killings and we sit on our hind quarters snickering. All human life is valuable. Nobodu gas the right to kill anyone and that includes police. Too many times police operate outside the law and with the support of the so called judiciary. That has got to change.Mary Francis is correct: If there is no justice then there is definitely no peace. There has to be balance and without balance there will be chaos. Instead of knocking her down let us stand with her. She is on the right track and most definitely on the side of what is fair and just.

    1. Anonymous
      July 29, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply

      Mary is right these unjustified killings have to be investigated not shoved under the mat
      .justice have to prevail.that can happen to a member of our family

    2. Merciful
      July 29, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply

      Thank you very much at least someone understands, well said.

  12. Barberella dancers
    July 29, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply

    Mary Francis only speaks for bad boys when police takes action . You never speak when someone is raped or murdered by the senseless acts of violence.

    1. Merciful
      July 29, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply

      It’s not her job

  13. Sa say ou
    July 29, 2017 at 9:11 am Reply

    Well when it becomes a criminal state i want to know what you all will do. St.lucians are just a goats sometimes. Now this lady is attacking the judiciary omg .

  14. Trump
    July 29, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

    Allan will make st .lucia great again

  15. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

    I can only wonder if Mary becomes a majestrate chew police pa tai..she just hate police. Any time police defending the law they always wrong.. For Mary Francis to be a majestrate police will be like cocoroch in front Of foul.

  16. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Mary Francis, please do not try to cover up your ineptitude as a lawyer by accusing the judicial system of being biased towards the state. You need to present a better case and maybe then you will get a conviction.

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