001 – The Matter of James Parris

This case involves a dispute over the ownership of a dock in Devonshire Parish adjoining a property known as Salt Haven, Lot B. It was brought to the attention of the COI by a fisher, Mr. James Parris (“Mr. Parris”), who stated that the dock was a public dock and that he and other fishers traditionally had access to the dock for fishing purposes, notably docking their boats. According to Mr. Parris, on the purchase of the Salt Haven property, the new owners sought to claim ownership of the dock through the erection of private property signs and preventing the fishers access to the dock.