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New magistrate to clamp down on adjournments

The Magistrate’s Court of the Virgin Islands is now polished with the positioning of a new magistrate in the person of Magistrate Velon John who, from the onset of this working in the VI, has made it emphatically clear that he takes a 'dim view' to granting adjournaments. Photo: stluciastar.com
Senior Magistrate Ms Tamia Richards is expected to be back on duty towards the end of March or early April, 2014. Photo: GIS
Senior Magistrate Ms Tamia Richards is expected to be back on duty towards the end of March or early April, 2014. Photo: GIS
The Magistrate's Court will close off for the year on Friday December 13, 2013. Photo: VINO
The Magistrate's Court will close off for the year on Friday December 13, 2013. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Magistrate’s Court of the Virgin Islands is now polished with the positioning of a new magistrate in the person of Magistrate Velon John who, from the onset of this working in the VI, has made it emphatically clear that “justice delayed is justice denied”, which does not make him very fond of granting adjournments.

Mr John, who hails from St. Lucia, told lawyers in his courtroom on December 4, 2013 when he made his first appearance that he takes a dim view on adjournments, “because I believe that justice delayed is justice denied, so I am very keen on that, I am not going to tolerate such requests unless in extreme cases.”

“I want to assure all and sundry I am here to dispense justice without fear or favour… and the good thing is that I do not know any of you (members of the bar).” Mr John further told lawyers that any requests for adjournments would be seriously scrutinized.

The new magistrate’s comments came on the heels of Crown Counsel Mr Herbert Potter requesting that some cases be put over to 2014.

Meanwhile, Attorney at law Mr Stephen Daniels had taken the lead role in welcoming Mr John to the territory. “You have a great task ahead of you but I am confident that you will dispense justice at the fullest measure of the law,” said Mr Daniels.

This news agency has been reliably informed that there are now three magistrates in the Virgin Islands, which has placed the territory in a position to see matters being dealt with in a more expeditious manner. One magistrate is said to be sitting at the Prospect Reef court where more traffic matters are heard while Mr John and Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards will be at the Magistrate’s Court in John’s Hole.

During her sitting on November 29, 2013 Ms Richards had told the court that she would be back on duty towards the end of March or early April, 2014.

The Magistrate’s Court is set to close on Friday December 13, 2013.

7 Responses to “New magistrate to clamp down on adjournments”

  • NP (10/12/2013, 09:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    just more talk
  • DON Q (10/12/2013, 14:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We will have to wait and see
  • live (10/12/2013, 16:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he is just acting he not going be the magistrate for life
  • long look me come from (10/12/2013, 17:17) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    see they could have given Rosan back her work they hate locals in the place
  • Shara Parlin (10/12/2013, 23:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man on the street feels there’s a lot that should have been done by now to fix the legal system

  • jim carey (10/12/2013, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In this day and age it brings to mind a Starbucks full of laptops.
  • ann (11/12/2013, 22:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor BVI always a reactive government rather than a proactive one ,locking the gate after the horse is gone out.


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