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Thursday 20 January 2011  The government of Saint Lucia is considering a proposal to beef up security for members of the Judiciary and other senior public officers.


Attorney General and Minister for Justice Honourable Lorenzo Francis says this is a critical component of government's plan to strengthen and improve the justice system.


He says the proposal is also very timely given the increase in criminal activity in the country.


“There is a proposal for Special Police Constables (SPC`s) to be appointed to provide security services for not just the Judiciary but where necessary for officials within the Public Service. This proposal has already received the approval of Cabinet in principle. These officers will be trained by the police and they will be armed. In so doing we will not have to utilise existing police officers.”


The Attorney General has also announced working conditions at the courts are also under review.


He says substantial work has already been done at the main court and the problem of air quality is being addressed with the installation of new equipment.


“We will endeavour to continue to provide professional and efficient legal advice and representation to the government and people of Saint Lucia. We have been doing a great job and I think the Cabinet of Ministers for their support in  giving us proper Crown Counsels.”


The Attorney General`s Chambers recently secured the services of a Crown Council who will help in drafting of several new pieces of legislation.


The Attorney General says government appreciates the importance of the Judiciary and will do what is necessary to ensure that they are comfortable to undertake their tasks without hindrance.

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