Acting President of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal, Justice Davidson Baptiste, has lauded the work and research of two local lawyers, Wayne Norde and Sherma Dalrymple.
Dalrymple, who is attached to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as a State attorney, was defending the state in a matter of theft against Randy Jno Baptiste.
The matter was dismissed on Monday because Jno Baptiste did not appear in court but Baptiste had high praises for Dalrymple.
“I want to congratulate and applaud you for your submissions which were well set out: the facts, plea, appeal grounds and the analysis of the law,” he told the attorney. “I hope others dealing with other matters take note of that.”
Norde was praised by Baptiste for his sound reasoning of the law.
Norde had decided to assist Coniah Paul, who was convicted of stealing, free of charge.
“Thank you Mr. Norde for his assistance to this client, for free, and your reasoning in law was sound … it was very appropiate and timely and we thank you for your sound submissions,” Baptiste said.
When Paul appeared before the court, he said Norde was his lawyer but that was not the case.
However, the lawyer decided to assist him, for free, and asked that the matter be stood down briefly.
On resumption, Norde told that court that the magistrate had erred in jailing Paul since he was 19 years old and was protected under the Criminal Justice Reform Act Chapter 12.35.
He told the court that Paul was remorseful for his actions, had served almost one year in jail and asked that he be released on the grounds of “time spent.”
The justices agreed and Paul was released.