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Mar 28, 2014

Supreme Court says Jamaican magistrate qualifies for permanent residency

Nardia Morgan

A written judgement is yet to follow, but a decision was verbally handed down in the case of Magistrate of San Ignacio, Nardia Morgan. Morgan defended herself in trial this morning before Judge Courtney Able in the Supreme Court. The case is unprecedented because a Jamaican born sitting magistrate found it necessary to take the government to court to formalize her status in Belize. The magistrate has been living in Belize since 2011 and in 2013 she applied to obtain permanent residency. Her request, however, was denied by the Director of Immigration. Morgan therefore went to court seeking judicial review of the decision to deny her residency. Representing the Director, Maria Marin, and the Attorney General was Attorney Herbert Panton. He argued that Morgan was in Belize under CARICOM’s Skills Certificate Program and so did not qualify for residency. But after a three-hour trial, Judge Abel Courtenay noted that Morgan had in fact satisfied the local requirements for residency according to the policy of the Immigration Department and that there was evidence that she had been living in the country legally for one year prior to her application. The judge also noted that the basis on which Morgan had been denied residency, was not within the scope of authority of Marin. Judge Abel said that Marin is to re-consider her decision according to law; a decision which he found to be unreasonable. The documents were filed on behalf of Morgan by Attorney, Rachel Montejo.

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4 Responses for “Supreme Court says Jamaican magistrate qualifies for permanent residency”

  1. Rod says:

    See whey I tell unu this person has been in Belize illegally and in the open and eas not deported why because she is black I tell unu tha t the blacks in this country no have to worry bout no other race in this country because it’s because of all the Jamaicans Nigerians Haitians are flooding into this country judas barrow s strategy is to let as many blacks into this country so that the blacks will be a majority and therefore helping him get elected the racism and bigotry continues the Spanish get deported immediately while all the illegal blacks get. Their belizean papers well unu dumb rass belizeans they are taking your jobs that’s why you and your children are fighting for your lives. All the Jamaicans Nigerians Haitians are taking your jobs so keep unu mouth shut,

  2. Teddy Steinway says:

    All hope is lost for this country. Judicial bodies around the Caribbean must be chuckling at Belize. Ms. Marin is in way over her head

  3. CEO says:

    If she was from Taiwan and China her papers would have been approved in 24 hours!

  4. jay says:

    Rod, why are you such a racist troll? Are you a roots Belizean, or one of those johnny-come-lately? I’d rather have a well-educated illegal alien than an unskilled one any day. Are you aware that Blacks were once the majority here. What if Black Belizeans start returning home in mass. Would you run for the border? LOL

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