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Jan 22, 2021

U.D.P. Defends the Judiciary

The Legal Year 2021/2022 was officially opened on Monday, but unlike the many years in the past, this year, the official ceremony and speeches were pre-recorded and aired in a virtual ceremony. During the speeches, the Chief Justice, Attorney General, and President of the Bar Association would express concerns, reveal issues, and applaud achievements relating to the justice system. In her address, Acting Chief Justice addressed recently tabled legislations. Arana said that it is the hope that these pieces of legislation do not constitute shared political posturing at the judiciary’s expense, or worse, a deliberate attempt by the legislature and the executive to erode the sacred principle of independence of the judiciary.  She then reminded the Briceño administration of the financial constraints that the judiciary has been dealing with for many years. The United Democratic Party agrees with the C.J.  During Thursday’s press conference, U.D.P. Senator Sheena Pitts called out Attorney General Magali Marin-Young for what Pitts says was a tone-deaf address to the judiciary’s concerns.


Sheena Pitts

Sheena Pitts, U.D.P. Senator

“It is most unfortunate however that the honourable Attorney General’s remarks in response were laced with rhetoric, purpose for political mileage and expediency which undressed and perhaps demoralized an already demoralized judiciary. It was invariably tone deaf to the responsibility of this government to fix the problem but seemingly a trumpet loud aggrandization of the P.U.P.s manifesto. The Bar Association input did little. The Bar Association echoed the government in describing the problem in great detail. They express an expectation of a modernized court system. They expressed that we should be looking forward of quality recruitment of judicial officers and surprisingly the Bar Association publicly made statements coached together as to suggest that the Court of Appeal is in effect denying justice to litigants which is offensive to the court, judges, and the judiciary on a whole. The United Democratic Party decries this political commentary, unbefitting of the solemn occasion of the opening of the judicial year.  The United Democratic Party further denounces the apparent emphasis in impending legislation punitive at its core which leaves in its wake the inference of an ongoing executive open to interfere with the independent judiciary. It must and cannot over emphasized by this United Democratic Party that the rule of law is immutable.”

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