St Lucia attorneys boycott court building

“The government is duty bound to provide a clean and healthy environment in which lawyers, judges, magistrates and members of the public can operate without putting their lives at risk,” Charles said.

She pointed out that an earlier letter to the minister, Senator Victor Phillip La Corbiniere, dated July 1, 2015, on the issue has not been acknowledged and, to date, there has been no official communication from the ministry as to the current status of the court building and what steps, if any, are being taken either to improve its air quality or to provide alternative accommodation for the court.

“The Bar is not prepared to continue to function without basic facilities like a changing room or an office where they can meet privately with their clients,” Charles said.

The government is able to find suitable accommodation for various government offices and there is no valid reason why, with a little effort, suitable housing cannot also be provided for the courts, she continued.

“Finally, we have heard through the media news of the establishment of a Commercial

Court. Once again, no one has seen it fit to inform the Bar of this development. It is hoped that in the future, the Bar will be treated with a little more respect and that it will be kept abreast of developments pertaining to the justice system, especially those which directly affect its members,” Charles concluded.

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