Stevian Simmonds reports.

Attorneys representing defendants in the Klansman gang trial are urging the government to re-examine the remuneration package it’s proposed for the duration of the trial.

There are 33 alleged gang members accused of multiple offences under the anti-gang legislation.

A majority of them are being represented by Legal Aid counsel.

The attorneys while seeking to guarantee their demands for the trial, say they want the government to do more to offset their expenses.


Attorney Lloyd McFarlane is among the legal aid counsel representing a number of the defendants.

He says there’s a cap of one million dollars for attorneys fees, irrespective of the duration of the trial.

The attorneys met with Justice Minister Delroy Chuck on Thursday to discuss the concerns.

It’s understood the attorneys laid bare their issues, telling the Justice Minister their monthly expenses including parking, travel, and office upkeep, exceed 80-thousand dollars.

Mr. McFarlane says some of the attorneys made appearances at the trial before the figure for remuneration was outlined by the government.

He’s also dismissing those who take issue with the government’s programme which essentially uses taxpayer dollars to cover the costs.

Mr. McFarlane says the attorneys are committed to going the length of the trial despite the challenges.

In the meantime, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, says Cabinet is not easily persuaded to pay attorneys what he calls exorbitant monies, in criminal cases.

But he says the attorneys’ concerns are justified and he’s assured them he’ll approach Cabinet to ask for additional resources to offset their expenses.

He says there’s a major concern about the willingness of attorneys to offer legal aid services for any similar upcoming trials.

The Minister also commented on the public concerns about using taxpayer dollars to cover the legal costs for defending accused murderers and extortionists.