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BVI: Speaker ordered to pay legal fees for ‘unreasonable’ court action

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(BVI News) The High Court has ordered House of Assembly Speaker, Julian Willock, to pay the legal fees for the three Commission of Inquiry (COI) attorneys against whom filed a court injunction and later withdrew.

Justice Adrian Jack made that ruling in a judgment dated September 28.

“There is no reason why the COI should be out of pocket for having to defend Willock’s claim,” said Justice Jack before turning his attention to Attorney General Dawn Smith who Willock also targeted in his failed court crusade.

“As to the costs of the Attorney General, she seeks those costs [for the Speaker to pay]. I see nothing unreasonable in her so doing. She, no doubt, has a limited budget. There is no reason why her budget should be whittled down defending claims conducted unreasonably,” Justice Jack reasoned.

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