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St Lucia's government hiring foreign lawyers, Bar Association not pleased

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2014 | 1:04 PM

(CMC):

President of St Lucia Bar Association has described as unjustified the practice of the government of employing attorneys from the region to provide legal services in high profile cases.




Rickey George says it is astounding that lawyers from other parts of the region are being employed at astronomical fees to carry out the same functions that can be carried out by lawyers staffed at the Attorney General’s office.



He was commenting on the decision of Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony to acquire the services of Dominican-born Queen Counsel Anthony Astaphan to lead the civil cases brought against two former government ministers.



Former tourism minister and leader of the main opposition United Workers Party, Allen Chastanet, and the party’s chairman, Ezekiel Joseph, have been sued by the government alleging the misuse of funds provided by Taiwan.



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