Prosecution Trouble Brews At Magistrates Court


Trouble is reported to be brewing at the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court if a previously assigned female police prosecutor fails to appear before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh today.

It was reported that Head of the Police Prosecutions Department, Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Morgan had recommended the re-assignment of the female prosecutor.

This was said to have provoked the ire in the Chief Magistrate since no formal communication was received by the Clerk to the Magistrate.

Reliable sources revealed that the prosecutor was said to be involved in several part-heard matters, which are pending completion before the Chief Magistrate.

The police high command was said to be circumspect that some eight part-heard cases have been set for hearing on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Over the weekend, the prosecutor was reportedly informed that she will be reassigned to another department and will be replaced by another prosecuting officer.

However, the Chief Magistrate would have none of that until all of the partially-heard matters are completed.

It was also revealed that Acting Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney has already sanctioned the re-assignment, with directions that the re-assigned prosecutor be available to complete the part-heard cases..

The re-asignment was said to be in keeping with his administrative and operational responsibilities to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness by providing opportunities to prospective, but competent personnel to develop and improve their prosecutorial skills.

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  1. Another day another drama in da police force. It is sad that da police makes headlines for them drama than actually fighting crime

    • I was wondering the same thing Wadadli Man. As I have noticed, it has been too much fail promises in this nation of ours by our leaders.

    • How is it Mr. Knight that someone being reassigned makes Antigua a cartoon country? Please enlighten us who don’t eat drink sleep politics 24/7 365


      Do follow most of your postings. Often make very good sense, at least from your perspective on the particular issue.

      From professional experience and knowledge of the Law, it is the ‘…Commissioner’s overall responsibility to deploy personnel wherever and whenever ‘…professional competence or incompetence or situations’ so demand [Section 6: Police Act: Chapter 330].

      No matter how competent a subordinate may be, or feel, none may consider him/herself indispensable at any posting.

      Been there. Done that. Ask Sir Wright Fitzhenley George KCN. He has been there too, and has also done that.

      In all these, however, both Heads of Department, the ‘…Magistracy and Police Service,’ may avoid ‘…strained relations,’ and as the concept ‘…inter-agency cooperation’ suggests, both shall always have ‘…harmonious person-to-person and good working relations.’

      It does not work any other way.

      Moreover, no officer or any other person shall determine where he/she shall be ‘…transferred, assigned or posted.’

      Whenever the tail of a dog, begins to ‘…wag the dog,’ then it is time to ‘…chop off the dog’s tail.’

      Sure you have seen some dogs without tails.

      Sure also, they had no desire to run around and bark without tails.

      But you would be right in saying, ‘…they only bark with their mouths.’

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