Behanzin wants the courts to be more self sufficient


Magistrate Tiani Behanzin says the courts in Dominica should dig in their pockets for funds because they are generating substantial revenue.

“Apart from customs and other forms of taxation the courts bring in more revenue than anything else,” he told DBS.

“So why is it that that same court has difficulty making provisions that is necessary and that is just?” Behanzin asked.

The magistrate who has become known for speaking his mind and who some consider ‘controversial’ said money raised through the court can assist in the provision of resources for the police and can take care of other matters in the legal system that need advancements.

For instance he highlighted the “terrible” condition of the court in Wesley.

“Some of those resources, instead of just being put in a central pot, can be found to make those changes necessary,” Behanzin emphasized.

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  1. Natalia
    February 28, 2011

    tiyani is a Douglas isn’t he?…POLITICS, is in his blood naturally…he would be more effective in the political arena,than in Court…with his controversial comments he already has a solid foundation…jus’ my thoughts

  2. cock chaude
    February 26, 2011

    some of us too tebe Mr behanzin is working in favor of a better Dominica.

  3. Gaza
    February 26, 2011

    remain strong Mr behanzin, that was a brilliant idea you worked in the conditions so you know how it is. one more point you i see that you sent a man from veille case to prison for various offenses and the court of appeal set him free now he killed an old man, i just cant understand what going on why certain persons would do anything to make you look bad and at the end make Dominica a lawless state.

  4. pointe michel
    February 26, 2011

    god bless you sir.

  5. All is not lost
    February 26, 2011

    Mr Behanzin, I would have to agree that there is a conflict of interest on your part to have this arguement. Stick to the adminstration of justice. if you find that the courts finances are being mismanaged you should say so, but what you are recommending could very quickly and easily corrupt an already handicap system. if you feel that the courts in wesley could be physically improved, you should submit your request in writing to the department responsible for this, not on DNO. if after persuing the correct channels you are denied, then use the media to create awareness for your cause. Seems like you are becoming a media whore. you are losing credibility quickly.

  6. Deoborah
    February 25, 2011

    The media is giving too much of publicity to Tiyani, I am fed up of seeing and hearing him!

    • zuma
      February 25, 2011



      SHOW ME ASHTION TRACK RECORD?? and all the other puppets that think they have someting to bring to DNO

    • Mamie
      February 25, 2011

      Tipical Dominican!!! What has the man said, that is so wrong.

      February 25, 2011

      @ Deoborah ..stupid ..jus hear people talk and want to talk …

    • listen to reason
      February 25, 2011

      If something offends you just turn away.

    • Diaspora/Dominican
      February 25, 2011

      Jealousy is unbecoming this man have given DOMINICA what no other one in the legal system can and that’s honesty and integrity which is very scare in DA he also show he haven got to kiss any one – – – – – – to move a head what you see is what you get so keep your comments to yourself and make sure you never end up in his Court because he will throw the book at you…

    • Natalia
      February 26, 2011

      THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM cannot be a Revenue generating agent of Government…TIYANI , THAT IS NOT THE JOB OF THE COURTS…can you imagine a Magistrate deciding that the economy is in trouble so he is going to to ‘rescue’ it by imposing exorbitant fines on poor people….PAPA BON DIEU, have a word with the gentleman PLEASE!!! :mrgreen: :-D :lol:

  7. In time to come
    February 25, 2011

    I wonder why this magistrate think it is necessary to be in the media everyday?hmmmmm

    • whatever
      February 25, 2011

      but the man have to speak….aye aye u not seeing enough nonsense in this country….they taxing us so much on the port…stupes….use the money proper

    • Mamie
      February 25, 2011

      Stay strong and brave because Dominicans likkkkkke to put peoploe down !!!!!!!!!!!
      That why they will stay in that level of education.

    • Gaza
      February 26, 2011

      @ IN TIME TO COME:!……. it is because donkeys like you don’t see it and Mr Behanzin sees it.

    February 25, 2011

    He is not polished…

  9. Piper
    February 25, 2011

    Magistrate Tiani Behanzin, the function of the court is not supposed to be a revenue generator for the state. It’s purpose is to dispense justice. You are walking a fine line between dispensation of justice and conflict of interest. What is to say you will not impose harsher monetary penalties in order to get more funds to run your courts?

    Another thing I have noticed is, whereas in major jurisdictions custodial penalties are imposed for mjaor crimes involving drugs, often the perpetrators are given a monetary penalty. That is no deterent to drug traffickers. If I were so inclined, all I would do is set aside $500,000 to deal with the odd time I get arrested for trafficking. If I knew I would spend 30 years behind bars, I might just think twice.

    The courts should be funded properly, but from the general accounts – not as a reward for bringing in revenue to the state.

  10. Dr.Finger
    February 25, 2011

    Jah bless you son of the soil. Your vision is unsurpassed because you are a lion like your deceased father. Stay brave and for we are very proud of you.

  11. Jepson
    February 25, 2011

    And your point is one with which i am in full agreement sir.

  12. desie
    February 25, 2011

    i like your style
    cause i always asked myself what they doing with all the money they charging people dia

    • Dominica's Child
      February 25, 2011

      Sometimes we do not think before we say anything. What are we doing with all the money we get from the court? Isn’t it the same money that is used to pay civil servants, build community sectors around the Island, to pay teachers, nurses, and other civil servants/public officers, to pay for the care of the elderly and less fortunate persons around the Island, to repair roads, to repair schools and others government buildings.

      Should we use the money generated from the courts to repair the courts only and provide for court officials, then the same can be said of the customs and Income Tax. Would that mean that teacher and other category of public sectors who do not generate revenue should remain without supplies and work in deplorable conditions? Of course not.

      Why don’t we consider our comments before we make senseless comments?

      • Dominica's real child
        February 25, 2011

        You sound ignorant and senseless. these are some of the ideas that these resources may be put to use on

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