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Jan 13, 2015

…Attorney General Says It’s Beyond His Pay Grade

Wilfred Elrington

In responding to the concerns of the Bar Association, particularly the dormancy of the Court of Appeal, Attorney General Wilfred Elrington admitted that the matter was above his salary.  That comment yielded more than a few chuckles from the congregation, as Elrington went on to promise that it would be brought to the attention of P.M. Barrow with eager readiness.


Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General

“The issue with respect to the activities in the Court of Appeal is a delicate one and I would like to say that I faithfully promise to bring it to the attention of the prime minister.  It is a matter which is really above my personal pay grade but I will certainly bring it to his attention with alacrity.  I must commend, without reservation the Bar Association and the president for their energy and achievement  and activities since we effected the reform.  It seems to me that if the reform was a solitary initiative which is already bearing considerable fruit and I can assure the president that we will in fact continue to carry on the reforms that we all want.  We have always been complaining about the inactivity of the bar and the seeming disinterestedness in the welfare of this community as a whole, now we are seeing that under new management and presidency that situation is changing dramatically.  We are encouraged by it and we may well be encouraged to in fact renew our own membership, those of us who have in fact withdrawn it.”


This afternoon, we asked the Bar President to comment on the response by the Attorney General. We got the following, “I was surprised and disappointed to hear the Attorney General say that the issue of under performance in the Court of Appeal is “above his pay grade”. The Association had in fact written to the Prime Minister twice with no response. If the Prime Minister will not deal with this problem and the Attorney General will not address it, who will? This issue should not be avoided any longer, there is a shirking of responsibility and it must end; the Government needs to join the Bar in an effort to deal with this problem as a matter of urgency.” The Court of Appeal is presided over by Justice Manuel Sosa.  On the panel are justices Denis Morrison, Samuel Awich, Minette Hafiz and Christopher Blackman.

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1 Response for “…Attorney General Says It’s Beyond His Pay Grade”

  1. Rod says:

    But theft , treason is not above his pay gradep

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