Registrar of the High Court, Tamara Gibson-Marks, who resigned her position on Wednesday was asked to do so by Attorney General Judith Jones-Morgan.Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told I-Witness News on Monday.
He further said that the Commissioner of Police, Director of Audit, and Attorney General are looking into the development.
“The Honourable Attorney General advised me on Thursday morning last week that she (Marks) had resigned, with effect, I think, from Wednesday afternoon,” Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Legal Affairs, told I-Witness News.
He said he has not seen the letter or resignation, but said Marks resigned after a meeting with the Attorney General.
“I have been advised that the Attorney General requested a meeting with her (Marks), and as a consequence of that meeting, the Attorney General ether requested or demanded — I wasn’t present — her resignation.
“The Honourable Attorney General spoke to me about the meeting which she had, but I am not at liberty to speak about the content of what the Attorney General told me about that meeting,” Gonsalves further said.
Source in the know have said that funds are unaccounted for at The Registry, and when asked about this, Gonsalves said:
“What I can say is this: I know that three important offices of the state are engaged in the matter actively — the Director of Audit, the Commissioner of Police, and the Honourable Attorney General.”
Asked if this was some sort of inquiry or investigation, the Prime Minister said, “I believe that from the issue which have arisen, that it was considered by the Honourable Attorney General that all these agencies would be involved.”
Marks is the wife of prominent lawyer, Ronald “Ronnie” Marks, a former senator in Gonsalves Unity Labour Party administration.
Asked to comment on this, Gonsalves said, “The point about it is this, Mrs. Marks is a judicial officer, Mrs. Marks has resigned, there are three important offices of the state — the Honourable Attorney General’s office, the Office of the Commissioner of Police, and the Director of Audit — are actively engaged in certain matters and I believe in giving the institutions of the state an opportunity to do their work in the swiftest possible way and to do their work efficaciously and I expect that there are other authorities who would be engaged by the Honourable Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police.
“… the important thing is that as soon as a particular report was made to the honourable Attorney General, she acted expeditiously.”
Mrs. Marks took up her position around 2008.
Gonsalves said that the Attorney General has informed him that someone is acting as Registrar, and the Attorney General is making all the necessary arrangement to have continuity.
He further said that the Attorney General has informed the Chief Justice of the development.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace earlier Monday called on the government to issue a statement about Marks’ resignation.
“It is a very sensitive post, it has to do with our courts and it should be in everybody’s mind what the situation really is,” Eustace said on his radio programme.
“I don’t want to speculate, I believe it is the responsibility of the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and specifically the Prime Minister, in his capacity as Minister of Legal Affairs, to say to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines what in fact happened,” he said.
“We are all hearing about a resignation with immediate effect and we wish confirmation of that and the reasons for that.”
The Registrar is appointed by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, which is chaired by the Chief Justice.