Sunday, January 26, 2020

OECS Bar Condemns Attacks On Dominica Judiciary

Press Release:- The OECS Bar Association notes with deep concern the continuing unrest and agitation in the Commonwealth of Dominica on the eve of the 6th of December 2019 General Elections.

We are particularly concerned about the recent attacks on Madam Justice Bernie Stephenson, one of the two local judges, prior and subsequent to the hearing of a recent election matter. Apparently dissatisfied with her ruling, the judge has come under sustained and seemingly well-orchestrated attacks, threatening her own safety and personal security.

We roundly condemn the unfortunate and unwarranted attacks on Justice Stephenson and by extension on our judiciary. We urge the authorities in Dominica to take the necessary measures to ensure that proper systems are in place for the safety and security for Justice Stephenson and other Judicial Officers.

The OECS Bar will continue to promote and jealously safeguard the independence of our Judiciary which represents our last bastion of justice. We urge parties to desist from any action that undermines the independence and authority of the Judiciary.

In the OECS we are proud of our democratic processes and regard for the rule of law. It is in that vein that we call on the people of Dominica, particularly our member lawyers and the local Bar Association, to remain calm and to engage the legal process and to exhaust all legal measures, if necessary, to peacefully resolve the current impasse and avert any potential for violent confrontation. Violence or the incitement of violence is not an option.

We call on all sides to exercise restraint and avoid any action that carries with it the potential for violence. Now more than ever, in such a highly charged atmosphere, the rule of law assumes greater importance.

We remind parties that impulsive, emotional and partisan action today may very well have adverse consequences long after elections.

Let us do everything to preserve peace and promote the rule of law.


  1. The condemnation of Dominica Prime Minister should be first and foremost in not implementing the Oas and caricom recommendation for electorial reform. To every action there is a reaction. The election could have been postponed in my opinion to avoid the current situation.

  2. Now that one of you all own seem to be exposed you all have a voice. The OECS Bar to go to hell. Rather than pretending to be middle of the road and seemingly only concerned about their legal friends, they should be calling straight and calling on the government to implement the much needed reforms.
    Secondly, Thaddeus and Hilaire are best friends and Hilaire was on the DLP (Dominica) platform only last week so I am not surprised at the tone of the release
    And before you all hacks shoot, I am a labour supporter but fearful of Jufallie.

  3. It dosent make any sence to give some kind of usefull talk about the issue.OAS gives recomendations that normally hurt our corrupt piliticians,because thats their mision,blow the wistle when foul play is going on,you have a problem with this Bambi ? Our judges play the political game,so what is left for us to do,sit back in ga,ga land.

  4. Not many residents in the OECS hold the OECS Bar in high esteem. These people are high on arrogance and low on justice. The OECS Bar, if you ask me, is an extension of the governments in the sub region. My hope and confidence for them to do the right thing has long expired. Their biased decisions happen with an alarming frequency in favor of these corrupt governments. They only speak out when their ego is bruised. They should be ashamed of themselves. How can one judge be resident in Dominica for over ten years? Just the perception of this is bad. When this is done these judges become cozy with the incumbent government. It’s just human nature. Transfer the goodly lady judge now. The trust and confidence in our once revered institutions and organizations is rapidly waning. Respect is earned not given. Earn it and stop your ill-considered complaining.

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