SVG BAR ASSOCIATION DENOUNCES ATTACKS ON JUDICIARY

The Executive of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association has denounced the attacks made on the judiciary in the wake of the December 9th, 2015 general elections.

The Executive of the Bar Association said in a statement that while respect must be accorded to freedom of speech and one is free to express one’s opinion on politics, the statements and allegations which have been made against our judiciary leave much to be desired.

It said the imputations go to the very root of the Rule of Law, and the Separation of Powers, the very independence which the judiciary has always enjoyed as a facet of our democratic and sovereign nation.

The statement further noted that the public attack on the Judiciary, the manner and the invective are not only unbecoming but seeks to call our time honoured system of governance into disrepute.

The Bar Association says there are mechanisms for the challenge of a decision of the judiciary with reaches as far as the Privy Council, therefore it urges all who are aggrieved especially officers of the court to employ those channels for the ventilation of any grievance be it actual or perceived.

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