A court matter between former magistrate Tiyani Behanzin and the attorney general is set for September 16, 2011.
Behanzin has taken legal action against the attorney general for not being called to the bar.
Behanzin was appointed magistrate by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) based in St. Lucia and was granted a two-year contract by the Dominica government.
Behanzin explained that he had served as a magistrate for several months before actually signing his contract, and only did so when the previous attorney general promised that he would be called to the bar soon after he signed. But Behanzin said he is disappointed that the matter, which was set to be heard today, was delayed to September 16, 2011.
“I was stopped myself since 2008, by having discussions with them about working here and coming to serve. I have delayed my qualifications in the region because I wanted to serve. The way that this is very dishonestly handled means that I continue to disadvantage myself. That’s unacceptable,” he told reporters outside the court today.
Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan is representing the attorney general on the matter.
“I need to have a closer look at it. It’s a situation that we need to be careful with and try not to take any unnecessary advantage of the case. It’s an issue that we have to be very careful with…” he said.
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