Spokesperson for the Tivoli Committee, Lloyd D'Aguilar, has chastised local attorneys for not taking up the cause of West Kingston residents after the 2010 Tivoli incursion.
"I think the legal profession has been sitting on the sidelines," he said. "Here are poor people in misery, and they are not even coming forward to offer their services. It is a shame."
D'Aguilar, who has been one of the faces of the fight for justice and compensation for the residents, said the organisation was hoping for enterprising lawyers who care about human rights, to come forward and assist the residents.
"I am throwing out this appeal to them, come forward," he said. "Let us develop a legal strategy to sue the State for wrongful death, and if the State refuses to make a comprehensive settlement, then let us go to court on it." He said funding was a problem hence why he hoped attorneys would work pro bono.
"In any other civilised country, this wouldn't happen. Lawyers would be offering their services as a service to the cause," he said, opining lawyers could possibly be paid later on if there is a settlement. "(But) Right now, the State is getting away with murder."