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President Hanson visits Courthouse in Marigot

Monday, June 10, 2013

MARIGOT – President Aline Hanson and Vice-President Ramona Connor were among a delegation of officials paying a visit to the Courthouse in Marigot on Wednesday June 5.

The purpose of the visit was to meet with the judges and court staff to review working conditions and other difficulties associated with running the justice system in St. Martin. It was very apparent that the justice officials and staff are challenged by the small premises and by the daily workload of administrative tasks.   The magistrates had prepared a review of their activities focusing particularly on progress made for the betterment of the justice system but at the same time noting the increase in outbreaks of violence and the subsequent paperwork that has to go with those cases. It was unanimously agreed that a strengthening of the justice system is needed in St. Martin. Several topics were discussed and included the installation of a Court of First Instance, the possibility of having an annex attached to the Courthouse, and more assistance to be provided from Guadeloupe. The topics will be raised again when the First VicePresident of the Court of Appeal in Basseterre Guadeloupe, Bernard Darolle, and the Attorney General visit St. Martin on June 14. Hanson expressed her wish to see, in a reasonable amount of time, solutions found to restructure and improve the justice system.

Bron: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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