AG’s defence of lawyers’ fees abysmal
THE Attorney General seems to have missed an important point. Lawyers’ fees in Trinidad are simply outrageous! Is it a coincidence that it is lawyers who played a major part in writing the document which pays them so handsomely—in an ex-colonial society where the majority of citizens are low-income earners and struggle daily to survive, a situation recognised by the previous chief justice who advocated pro bono services to the public.
Comparing his Government with the PNM is his usual unsuccessful strategy to deflect any criticisms of real or imagined shenanigans or wasteful expenditures of taxpayers’ money, sanctioned or authorised by his Government. This crude attempt reinforces the public’s negative perception of his Government as untrustworthy and dishonest where public expenditures are involved.
Press freedom is integral to democracy. It gives journalists the freedom to write articles based on facts, ongoing controversy, and questionable practices. Outrageous lawyers’ fees merit criticism at anytime.
Port of Spain