Thursday, April 18, 2024

Slow judgments heavily criticized

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TWO FORMER ATTORNEYS General and the current one yesterday strongly criticized the inordinate delays in Barbadian legal cases, particularly in the Supreme Court, and have warned those responsible for dispensing justice in this country.
“Those who have ears to hear let them hear,” Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and current Attorney General (AG) Adriel Brathwaite told the House of Assembly, as they joined Opposition Member of Parliament and former AG Dale Marshall in noting that the delays had also been harshly and repeatedly criticized by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
During debate on a series of supplementary resolutions totalling some $65 million, Marshall said, in relation to a $1.44 million supplementary under the AG’s office, that while Supreme Court judges and the Registry staff did their best, Barbados clearly had a problem when the CCJ continued to lament delays in local judgments.
Marshall said his concern was mainly for the plight of litigants who suffered when the local system was unresponsive.

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