CCJ orders Pitts and Elrington Law Firm to hand over land titles to former clients

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Updated: July 21, 2017

Today the Caribbean Court of Justice heard a case involving Progresso Heights Limited and Pitts and Elrington Law Firm. The matter dates back as far as seven years when both parties were involved in business transactions. The appellant, Progresso Heights Limited says that Pitts and Elrington Law Firm has in its possession some eighteen land titles worth over one million dollars. Progresso Heights hired Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay who shared more details.

SC Eamon Courtenay
“This is a very sad and regrettable thing. Mr.Elrington went into business with my clients Progresso Heights and he also served as their attorney at law this is back in 2004. In 2009 he had a dispute with them, this was a company that was doing real estate subdivisions and they mailed 18 transfers to him to process and what he did was his firm kept them and refused to hand them back to my client. We have been trying to get back these documents for the last seven years and we were not successful in the Supreme Court nor were we successful in the Court of Appeal. We provided evidence to the court to show that Mr. Elrington was paid and monies were deposited in his US bank accounts the transfers were mailed to his law firm he has always acted for these people as their lawyer and yet because he has personal grudge with my client he has now said he is not going to give it to them. Well the CCJ first time in my experience heard the arguments and were so persuaded that they gave their decision immediately and have ordered him to turn over all the documents to my clients in 30 days with liberty for us to come back after the thirty days if he has not handed them over.”

Reporter
“So it’s only a matter of documentation and what is the importance of that documentation?”

SC Eamon Courtenay
“Well the importance is as you can imagine eighteen titles, nearly a million dollars worth of property has been actually sold to these eighteen people, these people don’t have their titles, they have paid their purchase price Mr.Elrington is holding onto the documents we have gone to the registry and we have tried to have the registry to issue he has used his political influence so we can’t get them from the registry and so they are stuck in his office. Well the CCJ has now ruled that he must turn them over in thirty days so that the people who paid for their property seven years ago can finally get their title.”

Minister Wilfred Elrington says he is not in possession of the files.

Minister Wilfred Elrington
“Our position is that we don’t have the documents, we never had it so I don’t know what will happen.”

Reporter
“What were the documents about?”

Minister Wilfred Elrington
“Land transfers it was when I was in practice and we used to do land transfers.”

Reporter
“So you said that the court ordered that you hand them over but you don’t have it, so what happens then?”

Minister Wilfred Elrington
“I don’t know my guess is as good as yours if I don’t have them I can’t give them back.”

Reporter
“Did he show proof that documents were delivered to your office?”

Minister Wilfred Elrington
“That was not definitively determined. It was something that happened while I was already in government and the evidence is to my mind absent on that completely absent.”

Reporter
“So what happened to those documents?”

Minister Wilfred Elrington
“I don’t know.”

Reporter
“Would you say that you had received them?”

Minister Wilfred Elrington
“I didn’t receive them.”

Reporter
“Your office received them?”

Minister Wilfred Elrington
“I can’t say that I have no knowledge of my office receiving them.”