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Jul 6, 2015

Audrey Matura-Shepherd Back in Court for Contempt in BGYEA/G.O.B. Mediation

Godfrey Smith

Attorney and activist Audrey Matura-Shepherd was called into the chambers of Justice Courtney Abel today. The application for sanction was brought in relation to the G.O.B. versus BGYEA Court ordered mediation, and the claim is that Matura-Shepherd disclosed information to the media during that mediation, when she was specifically prohibited from doing so. The rules prohibit the disclosure of confidential information in any other proceedings. Attorney Godfrey Smith, representing Matura-Shepherd, is arguing that the other proceedings in the rules refer to Court or legal proceedings, while those who seek the sanction are arguing for a broader application of the law.


Godfrey Smith, Attorney for Audrey Matura-Shepherd

“An application has been brought to visit the client, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, with the sanction of costs. The allegation is that she breached rules of the Supreme Court which requires confidentiality in mediation proceedings. The argument was about a simple point, which is that provision of the rules. They have argued that Mrs. Shepherd breached the confidentiality rules. We have argued that she certainly has not, because the confidentiality rules apply only to where you make disclosures of things that happen in a mediation in other court proceedings, so that disclosures to the media for instance do not attract the strict and technical prohibition set out in the act, and really that’s what the matter was about. The Judge has reserved his decision on that and we will get it sometime in the future.”


Audrey Matura-Shepherd

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Accused of Breaching Mediation Rules

“Which attorney will get up and do these cases for people pro bono? So whatever I may have done or whatever distraction I became…that is unfortunate, because I shouldn’t be the subject of the proceeding. It should be the issues of my client. But that’s the price I pay for one, speaking out, two, taking a chance and going out on a limb and three, allowing any little cracks to give those who oppose any people’s movement to come after me. So it just means that I have to be far more guarded in how I operate because whether you want to accept it or not, I am one of the few people in this country who will speak out. I am one of the few attorneys who will go and take on an issue and not ask for money for it, and I am not ashamed of that. So if people don’t see the bigger picture that the system is designed to quash and quiet anybody who is prepared to talk, then too bad.”

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3 Responses for “Audrey Matura-Shepherd Back in Court for Contempt in BGYEA/G.O.B. Mediation”

  1. Sonya says:

    Please just shut up. I don’t care if you pay or go to jail or not-I just don’t want to hear you or see you on my nightly news. Annoying

  2. Greeneyes says:

    So agree with you Sonya

  3. Truth says:

    Some people just LOVE the tv camera too much.She doesn’t do her research nor check her facts.

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