Magistrate can apply for residency, court rules

By Aaron Humes

BELIZE CITY, Fri. Mar. 28, 2014
Jamaican magistrate Narda Morgan is eligible to submit and apply to the Immigration Department for Belizean permanent residency, ruled Justice Courtney Abel in the Supreme Court on Friday.
Morgan, who works in San Ignacio and first came to Belize in 2011, applied in person for a judicial review of the decision of Director of the Department Maria Marin who refused Morgan’s application.
According to Morgan, Marin also declined to provide reasons in writing as requested by Morgan after she received word of her rejection.
Morgan was hired by the Government of Belize to join the Belize Magistracy on the strength of her CARICOM Special Skills Certificate.
Attorney Herbert Panton, representing the department, conceded to Judge Abel that Morgan, barring any serious concerns, could not be refused her right to apply for process on legal grounds.
He did not get far when he suggested that the right to freedom of movement under the CARICOM Act and Treaty of Chaguaramas did not apply to citizenship. Justice Abel maintained that it did, and so, he ruled, it applied to Magistrate Morgan.

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