People up here bawling right now.
Those were the words used early Monday morning to THE NEW TODAY by a Bailiff who went to do business in the Supreme Court Registry and was met by huge increases in the fees for doing business with the court system.
The Bailiff said that he was forced to turn back when he attempted to swear to an affidavit given to him by a law firm in the city that he does business with on a regular basis.
According to the individual, the price has been increased from $1.50 to $20.00 in stamps to do a single affidavit.
He said that he had to go back to the law firm to put on an additional $18.50 in stamps for just one affidavit and that he had to swear to ten of them so the new price moved from $15.00 to $200.00.
“I never expected the increase to be so high. Everybody up here in shock in the registry. Why is the government doing poor people that?
THE NEW TODAY understands that the fees for doing Deeds at the Supreme Court Registry have been increased by a whopping 500%.
There was no announcement from the government and in particular the Minister of Legal Affairs, Kindra Maturine-Stewart or Attorney General Dia Forrester on the huge price increases in fees at the Registry which caught the public totally off-guard.
As a public service, THE NEW TODAY reproduces the new price structure that was passed in Parliament by the Keith Mitchell-led government based on the recommendations of the Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court, Dame Janice Pereira: