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Haiti - Petit-Goâve : Lawyers celebrate the Feast of St. Yves
21/05/2017 09:55:44

Haiti - Petit-Goâve : Lawyers celebrate the Feast of St. Yves
On Friday, as part of the celebration of the Saint-Yves, the patron saint of lawyers and the advocate of widows, orphans and deprived persons, lawyers from the Petit-Goâve bar in toga, attended to the Church of our Lady at a Mass celebrated by Father Birbeck, who urged them, to learn more, to practice the truth, to contribute to the establishment of the rule of law in Haiti, to fight against prolonged preventive detention, to fight for social justice and to take Yves as a model, as an exemplary lawyer, as a model of man...

After the Mass, the professionals of the law on two ranks (Dean, judges, commissioners, militant lawyers and trainees), led by the very young barrister, Me Alcide Laguerre carrying a long stick to the end of which was the image of a woman, walked on the Grand'Rue of the city to the Louco Night Club under the eyes of a curious crowd.

The Louco commemorative ceremony took place in an atmosphere of fraternity and conviviality. Several speakers from Petit-Goâve: Me Alcide Laguerre, Dean Emmanuel Tataille, Government Commissioner Foujy Pierre, but also the Director General of the Ministry of Planning, Me Thimoléon, Deputy of Léogâne, Hyppolite, the Treasurer of the Council of the Order, e Anthony Milord, have succeeded on a platform erected for the occasion.

Extracts from interventions:

Alcide Laguerre, President of the Bar :
"[...] Intelligence is opposed to human injustice which is only an evil. It is better to suffer injustice than to commit it. The Magistrates and the lawyers, while fighting against corruption, must inspire confidence and choose Saint-Yves as their compass [...]"

Me Emmanuel Tataille, DDean of the Court of First Instance
"[...] Lawyers must take advantage of this celebration to maintain another relationship with the law. They must become contemporary Saint-Yves, because some of them display behavior that kills justice. The bad practices of the Magistrates betray Saint-Yves. People are suspicious of justice. Bribes, nepotism, corruption, these are the evils that are plaguing our righteousness. We need lawyers, while drawing inspiration from Saint-Yves, accomplish their mission in a perspective of service and contribute to social cohesion and social peace [...]"

Me Foujy Pierre, Commissioner of the Government of the Public Prosecutor's Office :
"[...] Under my administration, the Procuracy of Petit-Goâve will become a model of availability for civilian hearings. It will give full satisfaction to the need for justice of the population of Petit-Goâve. The commissioner of the Government is responsible for giving jurisdiction to the courts, legalizing civil acts, prosecuting offenders, accompanying peasants in legal proceedings. The role of the Commissioner is crucial in the distribution of justice and, like Saint-Yves, the guarantor of a healthy, fair and loyal distribution of justice [...]"

Me Jacques Stevenson Thimoleon, DG du Ministère de la Planification :
« [...] Tous les avocats, en tant que défenseurs de la veuve et de l'orphelin, doivent tisser entre eux des liens d'union et de symbiose. Ils doivent pratiquer une pédagogie de la droiture. Car le métier d'avocat n'est autre qu'un sacerdoce. Sous l'égide de Saint-Yves et de Notre Dame, je tends la main à tous, pour une réconciliation sincère et effective. La politique a créé, entre nous à Petit-Goâve, ma terre natale, des divisions éphémères. Le ciment qui nous unit ne doit pas être détruit par des conflits inutiles. Laissons de côté nos discordes et unissons-nous pour le relèvement de Petit-Goâve [...] ».

Deputy of Léogâne Jean Wilson Hyppolite :
"[...] I encourage judges and lawyers in the jurisdiction to work with the Government Commissioner to satisfy the people's demand for justice. I renew my desire to accompany the population of the Palmes region and to defend its interests. That the Haitian Nation rises through Justice [...]"

Me Milord Anthony, Treasurer of the Council of the Order :
"[...] To be honored, the lawyer must behave like Saint-Yves. He must not be a liar or a thief. It must be a model"

See also :

HL/ HaitiLibre / Guyto Mathieu (Correspondant Petit-Goâve)

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