WILL NEW AG-DPP OPEN FRESH IN­QUEST?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - By An­gel­ica O’Donoghue Holder

Stephen Julien (left pic­tured) is St. Lu­cia’s new at­tor­ney gen­eral. What will he and newly ap­pointed DPP Daarsrean Greene do about IMPACS Re­port?

Our party has made a com­mit­ment to the youth of this coun­try, and the two ap­point­ments of the Act­ing DPP and now the new At­tor­ney Gen­eral so­lid­ify our com­mit­ment in a con­crete way.” Se­na­tor Her­mingild Francis spoke ex­clu­sively with the STAR shortly af­ter the ap­point­ment of Stephen Julien as AG this week. Mr. Julien re­places Kim St. Rose, fol­low­ing weeks of con­tro­versy fu­eled by her per­ceived re­la­tion­ship with the present ad­min­is­tra­tion, with the prime min­is­ter in par­tic­u­lar. Mrs St. Rose was ap­pointed in the time of Kenny An­thony’s gov­ern­ment. Stephen Julien is a for­mer mag­is­trate. He took his oath of­fice on Thurs­day at Gov­ern­ment House.

“I have known Mr. Julien for a while and I have al­ways been im­pressed with his quiet de­meanor,” said Francis. “He ap­pears to be quite knowl­edge­able with the law. I do wish him all the best, and I look for­ward to work­ing with him.” As for the new ap­pointee, he said: “Dur­ing my ten­ure I will have over­sight for the ser­vices pro­vided by var­i­ous de­part­ments that have re­spon­si­bil­ity for ser­vices such as the gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Cham­bers, ad­vice and lit­i­ga­tion on civil mat­ters to cen­tral gov­ern­ment, leg­isla­tive draft­ing and the Reg­istry of Com­pa­nies and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty.”

He said his first or­der of busi­ness would be to en­gage the cited de­part­ments “with a view to assess­ing their par­tic­u­lar needs.” A key func­tion will be to ad­e­quately ad­vise the gov­ern­ment on all lit­i­ga­tion mat­ters in­clud­ing high pro­file cases that may have le­gal ram­i­fi­ca­tions for the coun­try, namely the IMPACS re­port.

“I have been re­li­ably in­formed that un­der­staffing re­mains a re­cur­ring is­sue for some de­part­ments,” said Julien, “es­pe­cially where Crown Coun­sels are con­cerned. It is for this rea­son I will de­part from the usual pro­to­col of these pro­ceed­ings and use this fo­rum to make a spe­cial plea to our Prime Min­is­ter for the al­lo­ca­tion of these and other re­sources for the afore­men­tioned de­part­ments which col­lec­tively form the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Cham­bers.”

Stephen Julien holds a Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate from the Sir Hugh Wood­ing Law School and a first de­gree from the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies. The for­mer AG St. Rose spent her last day in of­fice on Oc­to­ber 14 but now serves as a spe­cial ad­vi­sor to the Prime Min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for con­sti­tu­tional re­view and re­form. The na­tional se­cu­rity min­is­ter took the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing his talk with the STAR to “thank Mrs. Kim St. Rose for her years of ser­vice to the coun­try and to wish her well in her new po­si­tion. Again,” he added, “it in­di­cates our com­mit­ment to con­sti­tu­tional re­form.”

Meet the new first fam­ily of the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral. Pic­tured above is Mr. Stephen Julien along­side his wife Mrs. Sherry Ann Julien and the Juliens’ two sons.

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