Saturday, May 21, 2011

St. Vincent receives revised laws


KINGSTON -- Homage was paid to persons in the legal fraternity, as Vincentians welcomed the new, revised version of the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prime Minister and Minister of Legal Affairs Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, along with Attorney General Judith Jones-Morgan were among those singled out for acclaim, as the members of parliament, senior government officials, lawyers and members of the public gathered at the House of Assembly this week, for the handing over of the documents.

Jones-Morgan was lauded by Gonsalves, as well as her staff members for her passion and commitment, and for initiating the move to have the laws revised.

They were last revised in 1991.

The longest serving Attorney General in the country's history was presented with a plaque and bouquet by her staff at the end of the ceremony.

Morgan made a presentation of her own: handing over her very own publication, which chronicles the work of her office over the past ten years, to the prime minster.

Gonsalves also paid tribute to a number of persons whom he believes were fundamental in the achievement celebrated on the day, including the work of Morgan and her staff, as well as another former Attorney General, Parnel Campbell Q.C, who was responsible for the nation's laws being last revised two decades ago.

The documents, which cost $1.4 million to be published, were delivered by LexisNexis representative Petrus Compton, a former Attorney General in St. Lucia, who congratulated the present administration for its law revision; calling them a shining example in the region and the commonwealth.

The documents, which were updated up to 2009, are presented in 15 loose leaf editions, which would make them easy to update.

They also include a comprehensive word index, chronological table of facts and have been published to international laws.

The documents could be had in hard copy, as well as available online to subscribers any part of the world. (Searchlight)

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