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Is the VI Judicial System corrupt like the politicians? - Former Magistrate

- Former Magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury claims members of the Public are being denied access to Justice & the Courts
Left: The High Court of the Virgin Islands. Right: The Magistrate's Court in John's Hole. A former magistrate has alleged that the judicial system in the Virgin Islands is corrupt. Photo: VINO/File
Former Crown Magistrate and Attorney-at-Law Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury (right) has said the way the local judicial system is set up allows for interference in the administration of justice. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
Former Crown Magistrate and Attorney-at-Law Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury (right) has said the way the local judicial system is set up allows for interference in the administration of justice. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
There has been no immediate reaction from the VI Attorney General Baba Aziz (right) or the Chief Justice of the OECS Court system under which the VI falls, Dame Janice M. Pereira (left) on the allegations of former magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury. Photo: Internet Source/GIS
There has been no immediate reaction from the VI Attorney General Baba Aziz (right) or the Chief Justice of the OECS Court system under which the VI falls, Dame Janice M. Pereira (left) on the allegations of former magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury. Photo: Internet Source/GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Speaking again exclusively to our newsroom, former Crown Magistrate and Attorney-at-Law Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury has made some scathing allegations against the local legal system.

The former Territorial-At-Large Candidate in the 2015 snap election on the Opposition Virgin Islands Party ticket said "the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 guarantees every person a right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time before a fair and independent tribunal."

She hinted that while many are quick to condemn one branch of government, the Executive branch, "in order to get the Territory back on track we also have to look into the administration of justice in the Virgin Islands."

The Virgin Islander, who is now in private legal practice and is the head of Rosan Law, spoke boldly about the Virgin Islands (VI) legal regime which is part of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States  (OECS) judicial system. She stated that "the way the system is set up allows for interference in the administration of justice. There is no point in attempting to weed out undesirables from within the Government Administration when the system set in place to test the veracity of complaints can be easily compromised."

Public denied access to justice- Rosan-Bunbury

Mrs Rosan-Bunbury alleged "there are as we speak members of the public being denied access to the courts, denied access to justice; whose matters the court refuses to list for hearing." Additionally, she said, "I am not ready to say upon whose instructions."

Further criticising the legal system, the former political candidate and Attorney stated that "some 8 months ago, our law firm reported to the Chief Justice what appeared to be questionable behaviour between a judge sitting in the Territory and counsel from the Attorney General's Chambers. Behaviour that suggested that they were working in cahoots. One would think that this matter would have been handled with urgency. It appears that the report is being ducked. Further, it appears that as a consequence members of the public matters are not being listed for hearing in court," she told our newsroom.

Many ordinary residents, civil society, along with inmates at Her Majesty's Prison  have often complain about the lack of justice and the corrupt legal system, where is seems like money buys justice,  but it appears that it has  now been confirmed, according to the former Magistrate.

Public’s complaints have merit- Former Magistrate

She stated that "during my career I have heard complaints from members of the public that the system is rigged against them and in favour of the favoured at the time. I did not appreciate these complaints because of where I sat, where my level of understanding of the system was at the time. But now from where I sit in defence of the public the picture is clear."

In another indictment to the local legal system, Mrs Rosan-Bunbury stated "my experiences have matured me and awakened me to the plight of a people living in an unjust system, systems that do not have the appropriate checks and balances for accountability."

The former Magistrate also said "my experiences have uniquely prepared me to help our people build a system that introduces accountability into the judiciary for the right functioning of the administration of justice."

There has been no immediate reaction from the VI Attorney General Baba Aziz or the Chief Justice of the OECS Court system under which the VI falls, Dame Janice M. Pereira.

60 Responses to “Is the VI Judicial System corrupt like the politicians? - Former Magistrate”

  • legal (30/05/2017, 16:26) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is serious
    • BVI 4 Life!!! (30/05/2017, 17:02) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
      So what's left that is not corrupt? Maybe the church hehehehaha
      • church member (31/05/2017, 04:50) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
        Oh, let's not fool ourselves. There is definitely a lot of hate, envy and yes, corruption in the churches. That is why it is so important not focus on what anyone else is doing, but JESUS. If you focus on the actions and behaviour of others, you will not want to attend church at all.
      • Boo (31/05/2017, 07:36) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        That gone long time
  • Thank you! (30/05/2017, 16:38) Like (50) Dislike (3) Reply
    Miss Bunbury it takes a lot of guts to come public with this!!! Thank you so much. I was planning on writing such an article because of my very own experience in the city as a defendant. And not you came out with this very truthful article. Who vex don't care about them. It's the gospel truth. I can shake your​ hand. Many will say all kinds of things about you but they are afraid to talk. You sure just a breath of fresh air. I know the system is corrupt.. And the sad thing is many so called attorneys knows but are afraid to speak up because of work permits. Bunch of weaklings and buy outs.. Once again thank you Miss Rosanne Bunbury.
  • Hmmmmmmm (30/05/2017, 16:42) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply
    Old news, it's the Tolian thing
    • wize up (30/05/2017, 18:01) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
      @ Hmmmmm: old new is right but thanks for the historical reviews: time now for some conversation into the future: all them doing with this level of conversation is paving the way for the U.K. to send in her administrator and any blind man can see the U.K. Is on the way.....not every thing good to talk(old folks; use to say; if you don't have anything good to say keep your mouth shut).....
      • DON Q (30/05/2017, 20:03) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        the former Magistrate has hit the nail on the head. but she took to long to speak out
  • wize up (30/05/2017, 16:47) Like (5) Dislike (28) Reply
    another disgruntled: after many years: why now???
    • Here we go! (30/05/2017, 18:18) Like (20) Dislike (14) Reply

      Go take your BS somewhere else! Is year's now Ms Bunbury talking about these things. You really sound bitter. You and your minions go and have a seat. Soon y'all can't do sh*t about what will unfold in this country.

      • @ Here we go! (30/05/2017, 20:01) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
        funny man go home, we going deal with you next elections..she is so so correct
        • Yes (31/05/2017, 06:49) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
          Why you cussin me and calling me funny man? I supporting what ms. bunbury say. Well sah.
    • t maclin (31/05/2017, 16:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      yes some lawyers are corrupt
  • just asking... (30/05/2017, 16:54) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    She is very correct so where do we go?
  • W*F (30/05/2017, 16:58) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    So you telling me we have to add to the lock up list lawyers? Who will be left?
  • Girl u Hit it (30/05/2017, 17:22) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply
    I'm not going to say much, but Charmaine you are totally correct, when you have a Minister in the AG Chambers to make sure the AG writes an opinion in his favor u know what we are facing, when judges sides with government in upholding wrong doing, what do you. The Judiciary acting like cowards denying Justice to the common man while the Rich and Powerful walk scotch free.Thats why crime will continue in this place. Peter Tosh say where there's no Justice there will be no Peace.
    • Mr Governor please. (30/05/2017, 18:39) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      Set Scotland Yard lose in this place... Clean up from the too down.
  • Speaking truth to power (30/05/2017, 17:41) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
  • tretretrete (30/05/2017, 18:21) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Whoa!!1 This is serious stuff.... I was just talking with another lawyer yesterday who was chatting!!.
    • Reply (30/05/2017, 20:07) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      How many of you in the legal fraternity very well know of these things that she mentioned?
  • We need back the PV Counsel. (30/05/2017, 18:35) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a what we get from Caribbean supreme court. "Corruption and political interference" I knew this was going to happen... That's why Caribbean leaders were aggressively pushing to replace the PV counsel... To secure themselves....
    • PrivyCouncilman (01/06/2017, 13:09) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      What is PV Counsel? Lord help these dunsie-headed bloggers, blogging their intelligence. Help!!
  • Welsah (30/05/2017, 18:36) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Nature's Little Secret. All the secrets being spilled now.
  • tis true (30/05/2017, 18:40) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    tis true, tis true; wa she saying is true.
  • rock (30/05/2017, 18:42) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    That one from next to Barbados & kintone arswad think I don't know what when down but remember the world is very much round!
  • I Cry (30/05/2017, 18:54) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    for our BVI. With all the corruption mounting up in this place, it looks like the Brits going to be around for a very longtime.
  • mi (30/05/2017, 19:11) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hehehehe its so true them nah easy
  • @Mrs Rosan-Bunbury (30/05/2017, 19:20) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks for being so brave as to speak up about the injustices in this legal fraternity. It has been going on for too long now. Again, thank you.
  • The System (30/05/2017, 19:37) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    is rigged!
  • The System (30/05/2017, 19:40) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    is Rigged - just like the last election.
  • qc (30/05/2017, 19:59) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree with her defend your people Chaarmine
  • wet (30/05/2017, 20:02) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Good article. Ms. Rosan you are on target.
  • ------------------- (30/05/2017, 20:22) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yes Honourable Rosan-Bunbury , I support you on this.
  • smh (30/05/2017, 20:25) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    Does that corrupt legal system apply to locals too or just white expats?
  • bam (30/05/2017, 20:32) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    what I love after reading this is that no one can say Poor lady she doesn’t have a clue and just talking based on what he hears on the street.

    She has been on the inside and now the outside so she speaks with authority
    • @bam (01/06/2017, 17:56) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Well I can say poor lady she don't have a clue. She obviously drinking some kind of weird water up in East End. God help her after this.
      • bvi (01/06/2017, 18:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I hope you have money to help pay their legal fees when the time come. One thing is sure they would not get way with this. The end has come.
  • shark (30/05/2017, 20:33) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    look melee the thing start now,i believe you 200 % Baba Aziz has to go,they have no interest in the people of this country.
  • Wakeuppeople (30/05/2017, 20:45) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
    All who do not know their history and who do not understand the role the Brits played in getting our ancestors here are the only people who keep wishing for the Brits to come here. Why are the Colonizers and Oppressors still our Masters today? I cry for my people who are speaking without lack of historical knowledge. A people without the knowledge of their past is doom to repeat it again. Educate our people about why the Brits can never be good for the Virgin Islands. Only fools speak to turn us back into a dismal past.
  • crazy (30/05/2017, 21:05) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    She say anything to get in the news
  • Victim (30/05/2017, 23:51) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms Rozan, Thank you so much for you bravery on this article we need new heros in this country like the ones we had, please run for the next election and you have our support but if you get in remain the same and don't get greedy and switch up on us please fight for our cause.
  • facts man (31/05/2017, 00:32) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    A good example is what they did to letty, pure bad mindedness and blantant injustise
  • joseph (31/05/2017, 01:43) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    look how they treating mrs hodge its a plot she cant even go to get her usa treatment
  • TYs (31/05/2017, 03:32) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lawyers protect each other and will not present all there facts in court. Lawyers have routinely filed forged documents and mislead the courts. The use of various archaic practices or lawyer discussions so you are not aware of what is happening. The Judges quality was high but this has dropped in many instances.
  • At crazy (31/05/2017, 06:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    You are paid to say that. You don't got the stomach to do what she did. She had to wait until she was not working for the government to speak up and she had been doing this for some time. Hater
  • wow (31/05/2017, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
    Why is it that when people don't get what they want they cry corruption?
  • trrefdrfds (31/05/2017, 11:19) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lady is right 100% a lot of innocent lock up to, when certain police officers could meet individuals and tell them that they will not stop until they get them in prison that's when you know the system is corrupt from top to bottom
  • See (31/05/2017, 13:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    someone with some guts ... finally . Anyone else ready to speak up and help get our country on track and away from the thugs .... many of them with white collars . ??
  • John (31/05/2017, 13:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big things about to happen in this place. A lot of them will cry bitter tears very soon. This story have a lot more to unfold.
  • Not the place (31/05/2017, 16:35) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Charmaine this was not the place nor the time to make those scathing allegations. It is an affront to our judicial system. You need to realise as a Christian some battles you fight on your knees. When last you pray for our judicial system and our judges?
    • Bv (31/05/2017, 16:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you have nothing to day shut up. The culture of hiding wrong is killing the bvi. They needed exposing and its only the start. The end will be sweet. Hold on more coming.
    • @Not the place (01/06/2017, 17:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You should shut up!!! When other people get in the news you and others rag them up without Mercy!!! This is fair game. Go sit down.. hypocrite sellf bour this is not the place. You indiscriminate bloggers tear to shreds any one who makes news now why didn't you come on to help defend them?? Where are you when the innocent was taken advantage of???SMH
  • joh (31/05/2017, 17:08) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    You can pray for them. You all serve the same god. The god of evil. Charmaine is being guided by her god. The god of truth and righteousnesd.
  • Liat 521 (31/05/2017, 21:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hats off to her courage and she is 100% RIGHT
  • my 2 cents (02/06/2017, 21:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government should get rid of jury trial in totality, one reason the judges are educated in all aspect of the law, they are too much corruption in the BVI and the eyes of all will be looking at the judges and their verdicts. This would speed up the and free justice system of selecting juror.
  • ta ta (04/06/2017, 21:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welcome to Tolarock!
    One Love!

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