Attorney for respondents in electoral reform matter says applicants not serious

Lennox Lawrence (right) outside the courthouse. Stephen Isidore, another member of his team is standing on the left side of the photo.

Lennox Lawrence, one of the lawyers representing one of the respondents in the ex parte notice of application seeking leave for judicial review to have the election of December 6th, 2019 postponed, has said that the applicants do not appear to be serious.

“We appeared before the Judge and the applicants are asking the Judge to recuse herself from the matter, so it doesn’t appear that these people seriously want this matter heard,” Lawrence said.

He continued, “We have only two Judges in the jurisdiction and their first application is that this Judge does not hear the matter and that it goes before another Judge,” he stated.

Lawrence disclosed that the application will be heard before the Judge at 2 pm today. Asked if he was “surprised” by the application, he replied, “I am not surprised by anything; our position is that the entire application before the court is really a non- starter; so, nothing surprise us.”

Asked why they are asking that Justice Bernie Stephenson not hear the matter, Cara Shillingford who speaks on behalf of the team for the applicants, stated, “I will not discuss the matter.”

Justice Bernie Stephenson has been resident Judge in Dominica now for over 10 years and questions have been raised about the length of time that she has served as a Judge in Dominica.

Lennox Lawrence, Stephen Isidore and Jodi Luke are appearing for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth respondents while Jo-Ann Xavier Cuffy and Solicitor General, Tameka Burton, appeared for the Attorney General.

Cara Shillingford, Elue John Charles and Joshua Francis are representing the applicants.

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27 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    December 1, 2019

    Instead of contesting the Vieille Case constituency, Skerrit should be sitting in a jail cell awaiting to be drag before a judge to answer cases of corruption laid bare in the Al Jazeera documentary. Only in Dominica will a man who has been caught in a tangled web of corruption is allowed to contest an election. Elective politics in Dominica is strange as it allows corruption to flourish.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      December 2, 2019

      Yes, God bless them for they know not what they are doing.
      A bunch of losers.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      December 2, 2019

      YES..instead of Lennox having the privilege sitting on a couch scratching his …alls, he should have been arrested and drag before a judge to answer questions of the signing of the MOU and the $470,000.00 deal and the alleged ambassadors at large.

  2. Child of Itassi
    December 1, 2019

    Dec 1st, 2019 tonight at DLP rally in Delices, Lennox Lawrence said: “GOD BLESS THE UNITED WORKERS PARTY”

    Freudian slip? Or jumbie money backfiring!

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      December 2, 2019

      Yes, God bless them for they know not what they are doing.
      A bunch of losers.

  3. Told you so
    November 30, 2019

    I have said it before and I will say it again, the supporters of this Labour Party fall into two groups: the crooks and the non-smart. The crooks who benefit from the corruption and the non-smart who blindly follow.

  4. Where are the Christians?
    November 30, 2019

    Christians in Support of Corrupt Politicians. C.S.C.P
    I am about to start this group at my church. All of you should start a group like this one. It is necessary in a time like this.

  5. BE B
    November 30, 2019

    Does anyone in their right thinking mind, realized that members of the opposition do not want any Electoral Reform? They are using all different tactics to delay elections, they will do things to put the people in fear for them not to go to the polls. They were the ones who prevented the bills to pass in the House when they had mounted up guards outside parliament in the event that, that bill had to go through. They refused to come to the conclusion that Electoral Reform would be beneficial to the both parties. When UWP won the elections in ’95 when they loose in 2000 and again in 2014 when they won 3 additional seats, I didn’t remember any different strategies which were used during these elections

    • %
      November 30, 2019

      @BE B
      Why do you come on here to dump your garbage? We the patriots will champion electoral reform until we get it..
      It belongs to we the people, and not to any embattled and highly corrupt individual. We are firm in our resolve, and nothing will stand in our way, not Skerrit or any other corrupt soul. It is the backbone of our democracy, so it is worth fighting for, and we shall stand for it!!
      Skerrit
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?

    • Neg Maron
      December 1, 2019

      Are you a dam… or a wicked person??..Have you been following the house of assembly for the past 3 yrs at least??

    • Danziger
      December 2, 2019

      They trying to delay election because CONPERE TIGRE WANT TO TAKE BACK PARTY LEADER FROM CONPERE LAPIN. CONPERE TIGRE HAD A DREAM. I rest my case, common sense AFFAIRE à suive.

  6. Ibo France
    November 30, 2019

    These lawyers for the respondents are nothing more than arrogant morons that are on 24/7 alert to defend the corrupt Skerrit-DLP led government at an instance.
    This matter is of serious consequence as it will profoundly affect the outcome of the upcoming election. I hope justice will favor the applicants as they are on the right side of history.
    Dirty hands ( DLP & their Surrogates) leave the people’s country alone. You have done enough harm and damage to the people and the international image of this once celestial habitat.

  7. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 30, 2019

    Justice and the final decision of the is not what Alick Lawrence says. Let’s just wait and hear the judge’s decision in the matter. Even if the judge rules against the petitioners there are always appeals.
    What do you expect from the mouth of those whose names have been mentioned in alleged corruption against the state? Tah toe, time will tell

  8. shrewd
    November 29, 2019

    Electoral reform or not, win lose or draw, Skerrit must go! And this expi_red judge too.

    • RandyX
      December 1, 2019

      …and this chief of police and these government ministers too!

  9. look it
    November 29, 2019

    Instead of relieving your stress, why don’t you make a comment. EVERYBODY days are numbered. Dominica has rules ,laws and procedures that must be followed. You must be suffering from malnutrition.

  10. Bad hope
    November 29, 2019

    it’s been a while since nothing is serious on this island. To begin with the inhabitants who for the majority live of nothing and consequently, for nothing. The lack of access to a real education, be it that of the parents towards their children, in the school where the teachers worthy of this name are sorely lacking…. it’s been a while since the majority of the population has given up. Their past as their future, their grandparents as their children. What to expect from a nation made up mostly of ignorant, feeling cleared of any responsibility and hiding under the pretext of having inherited a slavery culture. When will you Dominicans open your eyes and ears and learn and understand and finally decide for yourself according to your free will?

    Never most probably, you choose to suffer so bear it!

  11. Waste of time
    November 29, 2019

    We already know biased Justice Stephenson will rule in favour of the Labour Party. Then we would have wasted a whole day we could have used to protest.

  12. RandyX
    November 29, 2019

    No justice to be had by that judge if you are not a member of the cabal. So, well done Cara!

  13. Ibo France
    November 29, 2019

    It is abnormal for a sitting judge to take up residence in any jurisdiction for this inordinate amount of time. No institution is working as it ought to in Dominica. The echelon of the Police Force, the parliament, the Electoral Commission, the AG’s Office, the courts, everything seems in disarray. The UWP and all the other civic minded people and civil organization must fight the good fight for electoral reforms down to the last seconds. Don’t allow the Baron of Corruption and his uniquely unqualified wife to ‘shoplift’ this election like they have done others before.

  14. Danziger
    November 29, 2019

    Batte core zor con di MASSISI LA. Are you ready,?

  15. Arrests are required
    November 29, 2019

    Rotten to the core. You know there’s a national issue and this is all you can say. This is what people will remember you for. Your reputation is already very unsavoury, along with your …….pals. You know nobody will want you if DLP don’t get in.. so this is what you have to say. Morally corrupt gang.

  16. Dominica
    November 29, 2019

    Bernie crooks is not to be trusted. Her track record is the proof to the pudding. It amazes me that she is always in Church raising her hands to God but her actions are un-Godly. The God you serve is a just God, so give the people justice and stop being a hypocrite.

    • She hypocrite
      November 30, 2019

      Amen 👏 👏 👏
      She and all the other hypocritians that supporting Skerrit. Wicked they too f##kin wicked.

  17. No stealing again
    November 29, 2019

    Steven Isidore, Lennox Lawrence. Familiar names of the Cabal. Aren’t those guys, as alleged, found to be involved in several dubious, illegal acts? They are now so bold as to attempting again to impose their control over the people with Elections that are tainted to the bone, that will not be FREE and FAIR. When will they realize, together with Judge Bern, that their days are numbered.

    • November 30, 2019

      Dominica needs serious attention the Skerrit people are taken the general public for granted and these lawyers and judge Bern , also the so call president Charles and his boss Roosevelt Skerrit have destroyed Democracy in Dominica and they should be put on trial and jailed for their crimes.I hope if the UWP Party forms the next Government that they will do all in their power to bring back the money that is missing because it’s Dominica own. he President and Ex- PM must go so I hope every one goes to the poll to make the change that Dominica needs.

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