Former AG congratulates Jones-Gittens on appointment as Acting DPP as Armstrong deals with legal troubles in Jamaica


King’s Counsel Justin Simon is extending congratulations to Shannon Jones-Gittens on her appointment as the acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The sudden elevation of Jones-Gittens, a Senior Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, is due to the legal troubles now facing Anthony Armstrong, the substantive position-holder, in his native Jamaica.

Simon recalls the young attorney joining the Office during his own tenure as Attorney-General under the United Progressive Party (UPP) Administration.

He says he has observed and heard Jones-Gittens in court, since, and knows that she is very serious with regard to her duties.

The daughter of Barbudan Senator Fabian Jones, Jones-Gittens is the second woman appointed to act in this position within months. She is possibly the youngest person to have been appointed to do so.

Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh filled the position earlier this year, after Armstrong was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Disciplinary Committee of Jamaica’s General Legal Council (GLC) in 2021.

Armstrong has appealed the decision, but the matter has not yet been heard.

In the meantime, criminal charges of fraud, stemming from the same matter – three land transactions that took place over 18 years ago – have been laid against him.

He appeared in court on Monday, November 7, and is currently out on bail; however, his passport was confiscated at the time.


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  1. No wonder Wilmoth Daniel chastized this “former AG” about his performance and losing streak on that infamous radio interview. The Privy Council confirmed what Daniel said back then

    “The JCPC said the Board has given, the claimants have NO REALISTIC PROSPECT OF SUCCEEDING in their claim…”

    History will remember the “former AG” just the way Wilmoth Daniel described him and for the PUBLIC EMBARASSMENT he brought upon himself, Barbuda and his family.

    8 hour flight to London, accommodation, ground transportation, meals and SELF-DELUSION, pomposity and another 8 hour flight back home…only to be told:

    “…the claimants have NO REALISTIC PROSPECT OF SUCCEEDING in their claim…”

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