will soon have a new Solicitor General since the holder of the
office for the past two years; Guyanese Avril Trotman-Joseph
has quit the position.
at the Ministry of Legal Affairs confirmed to GRENADA TODAY
that her resignation took effect last week.
is the wife of Speaker of the House of Representative Lawrence
Joseph, a former executive member of the ruling New National
Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
said that the female Barrister at-Law has now gone into private
practice and is attached to the law offices of Seon and Associates
located on Lucas Street, St. George's.The
firm is headed by former President of the Senate and Barrister
at-Law, Leslie Ann Seon.
It is not
clear whether Trotman-Joseph is now a partner at the Firm but
she is expected to take over the workload from Seon who has
been ordered to rest by her Doctors due to her pregnancy.
spoke of the former Solicitor General not reapplying for the
position at the expiration of her contract. He disclosed that
Trotman-Joseph has not been enjoying a close working relationship
with a number of persons in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, as
well as the controversial but influential Legal Advisor to Government,
Jamaican Hugh Wildman.
(Trotman-Joseph) does not mix matters as far as the law is concerned.
She will let them (government) know up front what their chances
are if the State is involved in a matter before the Court unlike
Hugh", the source pointed out.
It is alleged
that Trotman-Joseph was not happy with a move that was in the
making to make Wildman become the Legal Supervisor of the Ministry
of Legal Affairs. The female Guyana-born lawyer is also known
to have run into problems with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry
of Legal Affairs, Nordica Mc. Intyre.
to the source Mc. Intyre is alleged to have written a strongly
worded letter to the Public Service Commission (PSC) complaining
about the number of times that Trotman-Joseph had been absent
from work. "She (Mc. Intyre) informed PSC about Trotman-Joseph
not being in office and is always away on personal business",
GRENADA TODAY was told that the State has not renewed the contract
of Sabrina Khan, a Guyanese who is attached to the Ministry
of Legal Affairs as a Crown Counsel.
is also rife that the contract of another Guyanese attorney
in the ministry, Dashan Ramdhanie might not be renewed. A legal
source said that Khan has also gone into private practice and
is attached to the law firm of Celia Edwards-Clyne on Old Fort
Road, St. George's.
to the source, two Jamaican Attorneys have since showed up at
the Ministry of Legal Affairs to fill the positions made vacant
by the parting Guyanese. The two are said to be close friends
of Wildman, who it is believed might have played a part in their
recruitment to serve in Grenada.
post of Solicitor General has to be filled by someone who is
approved by the sub-regional body known as the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission (JLSC).