Attorney General Huw Shepheard provided little reaction when asked his opinion on the recent criticism from both political parties of the extension of his employment contract.
Attorney General Huw Shepheard
“They are entitled to their opinion but the governor has asked me to stay on. I am pleased to continue my service,” Shepheard said.
Governor Ric Todd, who will be leaving in a matter of days when his own term of service comes to an end, has extended Shepheard’s contract for another three years.
In a statement, Todd said that the AG’s contract extension sends a message of continued stability to investors of good governance in the territory.
“He provided a pivotal role in making new laws,” Todd said.
Premier Rufus Ewing has called for local attorneys, including Deputy AG Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, to be considered as possible replacements for Shepheard.
Opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has expressed disappointment in Shepheards lack of cooperation with the opposition and his failure to answer questions in parliament.
Shepheard’s record in recent civil claims has been poor. One high profile case against former PNP minister of land McAlister Hanchell, after being lost by Shepheard, is now being appealed to a higher court.
Shepheard also lost his case to force businessman Mervin Cox to reveal his contributions to political parties. Two other high profile cases dealing with land flips one against former director of planning Clyde Robinson ($1.5 million) and another against Richie Arthur ($1.3 million) are awaiting decisions by the court. Arthur was the local pilot for former premier Michael Misick.
Shepheard did, however, partially succeed in his case against the Progressive National Party (PNP) over the construction of its party headquarters on Crown land, but the actual remedy in the matter seems to be somewhat uncertain. Reportedly the PNP did not pay the contractor who built the building and the furnishings were bought using public funds.
The previous attorney general, Kurt DeFreitas, who is widely perceived as having stood by as the Michael Misick administration created the mess now being worked on by Shepheard, has recently been appointed director of public prosecutions in Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean.