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Jan 12, 2015

AG Promises Bigger Budget for Judiciary

Wilfred Elrington

In January 2014, during his presentation at the last opening of the Supreme Court session, Attorney General Wilfred Elrington openly admitted that funding for the judiciary was rather inadequate.  While little has changed on that end since the pronouncement a year ago, the judiciary has taken a proactive role in obtaining its own funds to further its work.  Today, Elrington announced that government is in a better financial position to assist the judiciary beginning with the allocation of monies to construct new facilities for the magistrates’ court in Belize City.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General

“I also want to thank you on behalf of the government for your initiative in sourcing funds to enhance the work of the judiciary.  Many of us have the capacity to do that but very few of us have the initiative to take that kind of step and it is a very welcome one because, as we all know, the coffers of government is very limited.  However, I will venture to say your lordship that you will agree with me when I say to you that no request that you have ever made of the government through me has been denied.  I will go further to say to you that the position of our Prime Minister and Minister of Finance is that we cannot say no to the Chief Justice.  So that with respect to the question of the new facilities for magistrates’ court, I would want to urge you strenuously to make your pitch now.  This is the time and I am sure that is going to be received very favorably.  We can’t do everything but we do a lot with our cooperation partners the British and the Americans and I would like to say at this point that we thank them for all that they have been doing and we can assure you that in fact all their initiatives have met with our complete and full and unreserved support.  We will continue to do that.”

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