Justice For All--Lawyers Offer Free Advice

Melissa Edwards, Senior Reporter | 0 Opinions
Published: June 16, 2017 1:18 pm AST
Several lawyers practicing in the BVI, are offering free advice to members of the public at the Breezeway of the Central Admin Complex, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, today, Friday, June 16.

They are offering advice in the areas of family/divorce, probate/succession and land/property.

A Commissioner of Oaths is also on site.

According to the court, it is all a means of showing the public that the administration of justice is accessible to all.

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In addition to access to lawyers, officials at the court are also hosting the ‘Court at a Glance Exhibition’ in the West Atrium of the complex, to educate residents on its history.

Her Ladyship the Hon. Justice Nicola Byer emphasized that this is the people's court, pressing home the importance of justice for all.

“I certainly look forward to the support of the public at future events, with a view to understanding that this is the people’s court, here to serve and administer justice to the people of the Territory of the Virgin Islands, as one of the last bastions of protection in a modern democracy,” Justice Byer stated.

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The 50th anniversary celebrations are being held under the theme, "Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future”.

The year-long celebrations will conclude with a gala event in February 2018.

According to the court, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court was inaugurated on February 27, 1967 as a replacement to the Supreme Court of the Windward and Leeward Islands, which served the territories of the Eastern Caribbean that are now members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

It has jurisdiction in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Montserrat.

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