Tag "afr advocates"

Advice given in complete confidence

THANKS to yesterday’s public Scrutiny Committee hearing into the AFR Advocates affair, islanders now know a number of critical pieces of information that had earlier been hidden.

Home had backed down on releasing AFR deal

Left to right, civil servant Mark Huntington, Scrutiny chairman Paul Arditti and Deputy Rob Jones on the panel yesterday. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1311987)

HOME’S political judgement is today in the spotlight after it was revealed that members backed down over releasing the costs of the AFR settlement following staff and legal advice.

Why the AFR case is serious

NOW that the terms of reference have been published by Scrutiny into the non-disclosure of information (would that be the cover-up the chief minister said never happened?) about the AFR Advocates settlement, it is clear to see what a can of worms this is.

Keeping you in the dark

Jonathan Le Tocq

HOME’S argument for keeping secret how much public money was spent in a bungled raid on law firm AFR was cast into doubt yesterday as it emerged there was no confidentiality clause in the court order for the case.

Another gag gets them off the hook

WHEN police raided a local firm of advocates, it was a pretty heavy-handed affair, not least because they ignored guidelines relating to lawyers representing clients and because officers threatened to break down a door unless allowed in at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Cost of law firm raid kept from taxpayer

TREASURY and Resources is refusing to say how much taxpayers’ money has been paid in damages and costs following an unlawful police raid on a law firm’s premises.

AFR case is serious for States – judge

A COURT’S decision on whether the chief officer of police can be sued for the actions of his officers has serious ramifications for the good governance of the island, a judge has said.