Members of the Legal profession in Grenada have been told that their failure to assist citizens in need of justice could result in increased suicide.
Delivering the Homily during a service at the St George’s Methodist Church on Tuesday morning, to mark the opening of the New Law Year, 2013 to 2014, Rev. R. Emasseau Pierre, Superintendent Minister warned the officers of the Court that in Grenada there are citizens crying out for justice with no success.
He said that there are cases where people would have worked hard to earn their money only to find that the monies are taken away from them with no justice, no one facing the penalty, and no jail time for the offenders.
“No one seems to be accountable”, Rev. Emasseau said as he appealed to legal practitioners to “act now” before it’s too late.
The Methodist Minister encouraged the attorneys-at-law to always invite Jesus Christ to be with them as they seek to ensure that justice is served throughout the country.
While noting that earning money is one of the reasons behind choosing a successful career, Rev. Emasseau, warned the lawyers that they have to do things, make decisions that please Jesus Christ – the lawyer for all people.
He reminded them to give justice where justice is due, give justice to whom justice is due and ensure that they treat everyone equally.
“Try not to do things (just) for the money you getting but to please God”, was his charge to the lawyers.
Rev. Emasseau also encouraged the officers of the Court to have compassion as they carry out their duties.
Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Howard Pinnock, also echoed the message of compassion during a Special Sitting of the Court as he appealed to his colleagues to extend their legal services to accused offenders.
Pinnock said that 95 cases are down for the October Assizes, 52 of them being traversed from the previous Assizes, and that there was 43 new cases.
He noted that as the opening of the Assizes looms closer, many accused persons on the list do not have legal representation for their cases.
The Senior Crown Counsel encouraged practitioners to come forward and assist these unrepresented people.
The October Assizes sees a change in the Assizes lists with a noted decrease in the number of sexual offences, and an increase in Dangerous and Grievous Harm offences topping the list.
Two new murder cases are included on the list -45-year old Isach Gilbert accused for the alleged murder of female companion, Marsha Cherman of Pearls, St. Andrew’s last year and 47 year old Japheth Jeremiah of Soubise, St. Andrew charged with the alleged murder of 40 year old Rebecca Fletcher last year.
The High Court Special Sitting was presided by the OECS Chief Justice, Her Ladyship, Dame Janice M. Pereira, who delivered the Opening Address from the High Court of Justice in the Territory of the Virgin Islands where the Court of Appeal will be holding its first scheduled Sitting for the New Law Year.