Locks changed overnight at High Court Registrar's office?
- Published on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 13:29
- Written by Clive Bacchus
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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.
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