Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Mary Francis Welcomes PM’s Justice And Equality Remarks, But Wants Action

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Attorney at Law Mary Francis has welcomed Prime Minister Philip J Pierre’s statement this week expressing the belief that everyone in Saint Lucia must obtain justice, no one is above the law, and everyone should get equal treatment.

Pierre made the comments after the Comptroller of Customs dropped charges against Castries South MP and former Saint Lucia High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Ernest Hilaire.

Customs Officers had detained Hilaire’s Land Rover in 2020 amid claims of irregularities regarding its importation.

In response to the Prime Minister’s remarks about equality and justice, Mary Francis, Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights, asserted that actions speak louder than words.

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She expressed that the government should prioritise justice alongside health and education.

“Without justice, where is the society going? It is number one. It is the anchor for the society because if you have crime and you have people not having justice, how can you have economic development? How can investment be secure? “The outspoken Human Rights campaigner told St Lucia Times.

“Where is the home for the court? From 2014 that place was closed down on Peynier Street,” Francis observed.

And she accused authorities of neglecting the justice system, which is essential to people’s stability, development, and well-being.

Francis lamented that the ‘small man’ has no access to justice in Saint Lucia, and many are still awaiting their day in court while on remand.

She declared that it was well and good for the Prime Minister to talk about equity. Still, She asserted that he had to put appropriate measures and the infrastructure to facilitate legal aid while partnering with civil society.

“Civil society can’t just be doing voluntary work because they have to have resources – give us a little stipend so civil society can partner with the government and provide services for the poor in this country.

According to Francis, there’s no public defender in Saint Lucia.

“It is an affront to democracy where the poor man, because of economic circumstances and lack of finances, is unable to get justice in a democratic country.

She said while others can afford legal representation to defend themselves in court, the poor man has no such recourse.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Indeed ! I know that it is true !
    Has the Law obolished ? And no more humain rights ? Are justice still parallized ?
    That is why the lawmarkets has gone astray ?
    Because the judges are still drunk ?
    Therefore the poor oppressed, justice and rights deserved are denied ! And the promise is worthless and has become worse than before . But who will summon them so that each other may confront in court to confirmed and blindfold the judges ,so that justice may previelled ???

  2. Mary Francis, God bless your soul! Right now their focus is on mandating vaccination. What about about mandating finacial assistance to ensure that people like Mary Francis can assist the poor people who need legal aid? Then again did Ernest Hilaire get paid by taxpayers for winning against his government? Yes the case was lodged during the last administration, but the case was heard during the SLP stint in office?
    If Ernest won the case against his government, in my humble opinion, he should leave the money for the tax payers. Afterall, is he so needy

  3. remember NGP boss said, all talks and no action by Government. We are getting lesser and lesser from Government these days, they travel and begged more for hands out in turn sell the country out. Once the noble man Derrick Walcott said at a Caricom open summit that “back in his home country Government is prostituting his country and disguised it under tourism” at that time it was SLP/Kenny Gov. I still wonder how he felt when his own country man said that on a open stage but at the same time i guess it was just a talk because all the crooks was there – caricom head of states.

  4. The majority of the people in the country are poor can you believe that 80 percent of the people who are employed in the private earn wages from 3:00 to 5:00 an hour … Which lawyer in st lucia has time for people who fall in that bracket . Also the labour department has been a dismal failure as to many of the officers in the department are very corrupt and accept deals under the table

  5. @Unknown, you are spot on. Talk talk talk. We know who running the country. Watch how certain bands of characters are now so bold knowing a certain pitbull is in government.

  6. It is almost 2 years I have a case pending at labour department against my former employer. I have been going up and down to no avail. All I get is excuses excuses from labour officers. Philip J Pierre has just words and no action. Why didn’t he let justice takes its course? Why shuffle men presiding over Hilaire’s case to get the law on his side.

  7. Hey Mary, I know that there will be those cursing you but your comments are spot on. “Without justice, where is the society going? It is number one. It is the anchor for the society because if you have crime and you have people not having justice, how can you have economic development? How can investment be secure? “
    The Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and all parliamentarians should recognize that “It is an affront to democracy where the poor man, because of economic circumstances and lack of finances, is unable to get justice in a democratic country”.
    And yes ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS. THE PRIME MINISTER MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS BY TAKING THE NECESSARY ACTION. HE SHOULD ALSO BE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE THROWN SOME OF US OUT OF WORK OVER THE VACCINE MATTER.

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