Marriage between same-sex couples has been approved by St Helena’s legislative council by nine votes to two – meaning weddings could take place within weeks. The Honourable Cyril Leo warned of a “deep divide” on the island and said he feared a negative reaction from “homophobic elements” in society. But he said people should embrace […]
A bill to allow same-sex marriage on St Helena was approved by the island’s executive council on 5 December 2017 – raising the possibility that gay couples could legally wed within weeks. The same bill will allow people to have their marriages solemnised at venues such as The Castle, the governor’s residence at Plantation House and […]
An investigation into social workers on St Helena was triggered when their own lawyer found damaging emails that had not been disclosed in a court case, it has emerged. But the background to the police inquiry has been revealed only AFTER it was announced that no criminal case would be brought against them, because of lack […]
An interpreter is being brought out from South Africa to assist at a trial at the next sitting of St Helena’s Supreme Court, attorney general Nicola Moore told members of Legislative Council. She did not identify the defendant, or the language spoken. The information was disclosed in response to a question from the Hon Pamela Ward Pearce.
An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General in June 2014, was one of those suspended from duty when police inquiries began – although […]
At last, the truth about Attorney General being suspended. But you didn’t hear it from St Helena’s ‘open’ government
The people of St Helena were never told that the man who wrote their laws had been suspended while a criminal investigation took place. They were told only that Frank Wastell was leaving the island “for personal reasons”. Even when it was announced that the investigation had ended with no criminal charges, his name was […]
St Helena has a “desperate need” for people willing to take the place of qualified lawyers in court hearings, the island’s visiting chief justice has warned. Only two lay advocates remain in post after Bill Drabble and Mike Olsson stepped down. Judge Charles Ekins praised the pair for their long service, at the opening of […]
The advertisement for the job of running St Helena’s prison makes it sound almost attractive. The “chance of a lifetime” job is described as “a challenging role in an outstanding setting” – apparently not a reference to conditions in the prison itself. There is no mention of the fact that the building has been declared unsuitable and […]
A call for more open government on St Helena has been backed by a leading group in the UK. In a message of support, Katherine Gundersen of the London-based Campaign for Freedom of Information says open, honest debate leads to better decision-making. It could also help to reduce public distrust of government. An increasing number […]
Click the pic to see the posters produced by St Helena’s young people to encourage islanders to avoid smoking, with new tobacco controls due to come into force on 1 September 2012.