After months of debate, Grenadian lawyer and former National Democratic Congress Minister of State for Culture, Arley Gill has taken up his post as a magistrate in Dominica.
That island’s Attorney General, Levi Peter, had earlier this year indicated that Gill was to have taken up an appointment in Roseau from “June 1, 2013 as a “magistrate” but pointed out, “I don’t know what’s the hold up and why that appointment had not yet been approved by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.”
A news online publication in Dominica confirmed that Gill received his instrument of appointment on Nov 1, the same day that former Chief Magistrate, Evelina Baptiste, took up the post of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for Dominica and has been on the job from November 6.
Earlier this year, then talk show host, Lennox Linton, wrote to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) to register his objection to the decision taken by the Government of Dominica to appoint Gill as a Magistrate.
In the letter, Linton charged that Gill is “incapable of judicial impartiality in the current political environment of Dominica since he is an avowed supporter of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who has appeared on the political platform of Mr. Skerrit here in Dominica to sing his praises as the ‘best leader in the Caribbean.”
Gill was one of the persons expelled from the Congress party just over a year ago following infighting between a faction led by former Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David who was grappling for power with then Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas.
The political fracas within the August 2008 to February 2013 government played a large part to its 15-0 defeat at the polls at the hands of the New National Party (NNP) of current Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.