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Shortlist of proposed judges soon with PM

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The names of those recommended to become new judges in Barbados should go to Prime Minister Mia Mottley in a few days.

Attorney General Dale Marshall gave an update on the matter while addressing journalists during the Barbados Association of Journalists and Media Workers’ Annual General Meeting yesterday at the Argentina Embassy, Hastings, Christ Church.

“Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Committee, Sir David Simmons, has indicated to me that he and his committee have completed their work and will be within the next few days making their recommendations to the Prime Minister,” he said.

Marshall said he was not at liberty to say who would be recommended, but he was happy to see that there was tremendous interest, both locally and regionally, in the opportunities for appointments on the Barbados bench.

“For many years, Barbadians served in high judicial office, not just within the region but in the outer region of the Commonwealth. I think it is important for us, as we try to recruit new judges in a transparent process, that we reach out to the entire Commonwealth and try to bring back to Barbados the best minds we can find so that we can grapple with the issue of the courts,” he said. 

Following the appointment of Government’s senators last year, Marshall had indicated that three judges would be appointed to help deal with the backlog of cases in the Supreme Court.

He had said that after discussions with Mottley, they had settled on the addition of three judges to supplement the current seven operating at the Supreme Court on Whitepark Road, St Michael.

The Attorney General had noted that the Constitution allowed for the Governor General to appoint acting judges in circumstances where the business of the court required it, but he said it would be impractical to appoint temporary judges for temporary accommodation. (RA)

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