Velon John is now working in Tortola, BVI

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Velon John is now working in Tortola, BVI
Velon John
Velon John

Former government minister and magistrate of the Gros Islet Court, Velon John, is now a magistrate in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

John is acting for Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards, who is scheduled to go on leave soon.

According to a report on bvinews.com, John has sent a strong warning to lawyers in the BVI that he will not tolerate excuses for continuous adjournment of cases.

“I take a dim view of adjournments,” Magistrate John told lawyers on Wednesday (December 4) shortly after prosecutor Herbert Potter requested that a number of cases be pushed back until the new year.

The St. Lucian argued that his revulsion to adjournments is predicated “on the principle that justice delayed is justice denied”.

“The reasons proffered will be scrutinized by the court,” he warned.

Shortly before making his view clear on the matter of adjournments, Magistrate John, according to bvinews.com, also told the lawyers that his job here “is to dispense justice without fear or favour”.

“Life is a plethora of compromise, but there has to be exceptions. There has to be an area when you do not compromise, and that’s what defines you as a man,” he argued.

On behalf of the BVI Bar, attorney-at-law Stephen Daniels welcomed him to the territory, the report said.

“It’s a small place but a lot of laws have been ventilated here, and I know you will have no qualms when it comes to dispensing justice,” Daniels said.

John is a former Minister for Labour Relations, Public Service and Co-operatives in St. Lucia and represented the Laborie constituency for the Saint Lucia Labour Party, but stood down before the general election of December 11, 2006.

The Gros Islet court is yet to appoint a new magistrate since John’s departure.

 

 

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  1. Blah blah blah you should not want to take that stand in another man's country. You should have started when you were minister of justice to clean out the force, , no you didn't do it you went along with the flow.Then when you came out of office you opened your mouth and said the police force is institutionally corrupt. When you were at the helm the organization. People like make those who put the lives at risk to see justice prevail, you make the stomach ache.please just gag it.

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    • And what happened when he didnt go with the flow? When we Lucians vote "for d party" and not for the ideals that they represent, we get that kind of justice, or injustice rather. Men with good intentions have to eat too...

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  2. I feel very sorry for the people of the BVI. Please try not to steal a dry coconut because you will be serving a six year sentence,good riddance Velon hope you NEVER come back.

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  3. That the man..you are truly missed here although we tend to believe that we do not need migristrates..

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  4. congrates to John. i know for sure sum will pay dearly. and there is a magistrate at the Gros-Islet Court already.

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