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Magistrate Dismissed After Refusing to Travel by Speedboat

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The dismissal of Magistrate, Omeyana Hamilton is now raising some concerns for those in the legal fraternity, who believe that that she was wrongfully dismissed. Hamilton was on Tuesday dismissed from her judicial duties for what was given as her lack of performance on the job. But it is believed that she may have been fired after refusing to travel to Bartica by speedboat to hear cases there.

Hamilton opted to use the ferry service, which took longer, but was more comfortable for her since she would become nauseated, once she took the bumpy speed boat ride. She travelled to Bartica on Thursdays and would arrive there by midday to begin hearing court matters. Although she was delayed because of the long ferry ride, reports state that she would work until all of the cases before her would have been heard. She would then overnight in Bartica and begin court from 9 on Friday mornings. From Monday to Wednesday, Hamilton worked at the Georgetown Magistrates court.

Friends close to Hamilton told capitol news that she was never warned about the Bartica court issue and was shocked when she was handed the dismissal letter by the acting chancellor.

Some in the legal fraternity said the move is troubling especially since it comes at a time when there is a shortage of magistrates and it also came without any warning. Some in the legal field say they are upset since it appears as though the magistrate’s safety was not taken into consideration.

Ferry and speed boat services are not covered by any insurance and persons using those services are doing so At their own risk. Magistrate Hamilton was confirmed recently as a permanent magistrate after being hired just over a year ago. She served in the office of the Director of Public prosecutions and also worked with legal aid.

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