The Director of Audit has handed over to the government a report on the state of affairs at the High Court Office.
The audit was conducted after the sudden resignation on May 21 of Registrar of the High Court, Tamara Gibson-Marks.
The report could determine whether criminal charges will be brought against anyone, including Gibson-Marks, who is expected to appear in court in September to show cause why she should not be disbarred from practicing law in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
During a 30-minute meeting on May 21, Attorney General Judith Jones-Morgan asked Gibson-Marks to resign, and Gibson-Marks left that same day for St. Lucia, where she was born.
Jones-Morgan has applied for Gibson-Marks to be disbarred, but I-Witness News has not been able to independently verify the reasons given, since the court documents have been sealed.
Reports say that some EC$300,000 from an account that Gibson-Marks held in trust is unaccounted for, but some EC$130,000 was deposited into the account after Gibson-Marks’ resignation.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Legal Affairs, has said that the Offices of the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police and Director of Public Prosecutions are involved in an investigation into the circumstances leading up to Gibson-Marks’ resignation.
Commissioner of Police Michael Charles has said that he cannot act, until the audit is complete.
The government has urged patience as the investigation continues, even as the Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace and other citizens have asked questions about the government’s handling of the development.
Some persons have suggested that there are two-types of laws in the country, in light of the fact that Gibson-Marks was allowed to leave after the Attorney General demanded her resignation.
Police and immigration officials were informed of the development on May 22, after Gibson-Marks left for St. Lucia.
There have also been questions about the decision to ask that Gibson-Marks be barred from practicing law in St. Vincent, rather than the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
Some persons have noted that Gibson-Marks, who is married to former senator for the Unity Labour Party, prominent lawyer Ronald “Ronnie” Marks, was born in St. Lucia, and should she decide to return to her country for good, the effect of being barred from practicing law in St. Vincent and the Grenadines could be minimal.