Crown Counsels Lobby for Better Wages Amidst Salary Increases in the Judiciary
Eleven Crown Counsels out of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have written to the recently installed Attorney General, Anthony Sylvestre, to lobby against their low wages. It is a matter that was brewing with an inevitable spill after the government had increased the salaries for multiple positions within the judiciary. In February 2023, the Ministry of Finance issued a circular, noting that the Chief Justice salary was being upped to 240 thousand annually, and the President of the Court of Appeal would be increased to 200 thousand annually. Additionally, the Justices of Appeal would be raised to 180 thousand dollars annually despite only having meetings some three times annually. Love News understands that the frustration of the Crown Counsels tipped over when it was learned that an entry level position like the Judicial Research Assistant is being paid more than them. The letter sent to AG Sylvestre was signed by all eleven counsels, and expressed their upset considering that as prosecutors, they put their lives on the line in court every day. They noted that they are feel insulted, marginalized, devalued, overlooked, and disrespected. We will keep following this story.