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Mia: Need for public defender

Tony Best

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IF THE?OPPOSITION Barbados Labour Party (BLP) captures the next election, the country stands a good chance of getting a public defender’s office.
Its responsibility would be to safeguard the constitutional and other legal rights of people in a range of areas, including land acquisition and ownership, she said, a former Attorney General who later became Opposition Leader before she was replaced by Owen Arthur, the Prime Minister from 1994 to 2008.
“Barbados needs a public defender to defend people’s rights,” was the way she put it at a town hall meeting in Brooklyn attended by scores of Bajans in New York.
“We need somebody who can defend people’s rights because our legal aid system does not extend to constitutional protection in that way. We need a public defender to start [defending] the rights of people.”
Read the full story in today’s DAILY?NATION.