Lawyers upset over delays
THE LENGTHY DELAYS in the court system not only severely impact respect for the rule of law, but could also hamper “business economic activity both locally and in our vital offshore financial business sector”.
So says the Barbados Bar Association as it joined the concern over snail-paced court judgments debated by both Government and Opposition speakers in the House of Assembly last week.
A press statement by the Bar said yesterday: “The Barbados Bar Association noted with great interest the recent statements made by the former Attorney General (Dale Marshall), the present Attorney General (Adriel Brathwaite) and the Prime Minister (Freundel Stuart) in Parliament relative to the slow delivery of judgments by judges in the Supreme Court.
“The Bar is acutely aware of the situation and has raised this matter on repeated occasions over many years. The problem of long outstanding judgments pertains both to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and has been the subject of repeated negative comments by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).”