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Locks changed overnight at High Court Registrar's office?

Locks were reportedly changed overnight at High Court Registrar's office

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):  High Court Registrar Janine-Harris Lake was not in Court Tuesday for the start of the Criminal Assizes in Basseterre, in fact an Acting Registrar was in place and there is a strong allegation that the locks to Mrs. Harris Lake’s office had been changed.

Deputy leader of the Opposition People’s Action Movement Eugene Hamilton Tuesday alleged that the locks to Mrs. Harris-Lake’s department were changed overnight.

“Yesterday, following the visit by the Inspector of Police, nothing else transpired between the Inspector of Police, and her, in her office, but she left the office, and left the keys in the precincts of her office, but overnight there seems to have been some persons who changed all of the locks to her office,” Hamilton told WINN while questioning the constitutionality of the appointment of the Acting Registrar who appeared in court on Tuesday  

Contacted for comment Tuesday an official from the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs told WINN Tuesday that Mrs. Harris Lake was asked to proceed on leave and questions about the matter should be directed to Minister of Justice Patrice Nisbett for any information that was available.

A Senior Police Officer reportedly served Registrar Janine-Harris Lake with a letter demanding that she hand over the keys to her department on Monday after she reported for duty.

Controversy erupted last week after news surfaced that the AG’s chambers on Tuesday September 17 asked the Registrar to put in place arrangements for the next day, Wednesday September 18, to bring all outstanding legal matters, under her purview, to the attention of Minister of Justice Patrice Nisbett and to proceed on 64 days accrued leave from Friday September 20 to December 17, 2013. .

Mrs. Janine Harris- Lake was also instructed to bring all administrative matters to the attention of the Permanent Secretary in the AG chambers and to hand over her department keys.

Opposition politicians are accusing the government’s action of interfering with the judiciary.

As of Tuesday there was no official statement from the government on this issue and Mrs. Janine Harris-Lake has not spoken to this media house.


-1 #6 Straight Talk 2013-09-26 11:55
If this story is right about the Police's inviolvement, is it that the duty of the office holder of constable has been altered to include such an act? Please see the Police Act Cap 181, I think Sec 23 to see what the duties of a constable includes. Critics, do not even mention or play smart and say that the officer allegedly doing the deed is an inspector; The COP is the Chief Constable
+2 #5 Partick Wilburtson 2013-09-25 14:13
What stupidness Alicia powell talking bout the PM hating women? Maybe this particular person, who happens to be a woman is not an objective broker of the court. If that were the case, she should not be in a position of power that requires an honest clerk, an-unbiased servant of the law of the land.
+2 #4 Partick Wilburtson 2013-09-25 14:08
Before you all go blaming the PM, we should ask the lawyers of the island, PAM, Labour and independents, is she an objective steward of the court? Has she acting in any manner or not acted when she should , such that it may be observed as being un-objective? Has she been an honest broker and un-biased clerk of the court? It is possible that she has not been and if so, she must go? For the judicial system to work properly, all must be honest and objective.
+2 #3 Partick Wilburtson 2013-09-25 14:02
Maybe before we start to accuse the PM of all kinds of things, we should ask the lawyers of the island, on both sides , whether she has been an objective clerk of the court or whether she has acted in any manner than may seem to be either biased or un-professional ? Maybe she has not been doing her job as an objective person should in her situation ? Until we know, maybe we should reserve judgement.
-1 #2 Mercedes 2013-09-25 12:32
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
+10 #1 ALicia Powell 2013-09-24 18:19
Looks as if Denzil's Labour Government really hates women who stand up to them. This is déjà vu .....remember Angella Innis? Registra also eventually fired? Well she won $100,000.00 from Government . I wonder how much Janine will get? Hope is at least twice as much.

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