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Courts Cancel Traditional Ceremony with President Jovenel Moïse to Open Calendar

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The traditional ceremony held by the President of the Republic every year to open the judicial calendar was cancelled according to the President of the Professional Association of Magistrates (APM) Wando Saint-Villier.

Always on the first Monday of October, the ceremony was to take place on Monday, October 7, 2019 at the Supreme Court of Appeals on Champs de Mars in Port-au-Prince.

The situation was deemed unsecure after members of the public began initiating movement called "poser celler", aimed at closing the doors of public institutions. The opposition coalition had announced a peaceful demonstration for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise in front of the courthouse. They exclaimed their hope that the Head of State would "greet and shake hands" of members of the population.

Faced with these state of affairs, the President of Court of Appeals and Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), Justice René Sylvestre had published a memorandum to mark the resumption of activities in the courts of the 18 jurisdictions of the country.

The speech that was to be delivered has been published on paper to the media and will not be pronounced during any ceremony before personalities who had already received their letter of invitation, the memo said.

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