Attorney General Dale Marshall (FILE)
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Ten days after three temporary judges were to be appointed to help with the massive backlog of cases, the plan has been shelved – for now.
Attorney General Dale Marshall made the revelation following yesterday’s church service at Christ The King Anglican Church in Rock Dundo, St Michael, to mark the start of the legal year.
The temporary appointments were part of the Barbados Labour Party’s manifesto promise to deal with the pile-up of cases in the courts. He said that to date, there were 1 030 criminal matters waiting to be heard, dating back to 2004, while there were “thousands” of civil matters from as far back as the 1980s.
“We had anticipated having those appointments made by September 1. Certainly that is what the Prime Minister and I assured the country. The challenge is that some of the individuals with whom we have had discussions, or have expressed their willingness, are committed in other jurisdictions to performing judicial duties,” he explained, adding they would not be available until January or later in the year. (RA)
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