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‘Go with acting judges’

Tim Slinger

‘Go with acting judges’

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The Barbados Bar Association wants more acting judges appointed to help reduce the heavy backlog of cases before the law courts.

And it is also calling on Government to increase filing and application fees both in the Supreme Court and the Registration Department in a further bid to improve the justice system in Barbados.

Its view follows Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson’s suggestion on Monday to abolish preliminary inquiries as a step towards reducing the backlog.

The body representing attorneys has expressed concern about the negative impact the slow court system was having on potential investors.

In a six-page letter to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler two months ago, the Bar noted the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had on several occasions reprimanded both the Court of Appeal and the High Court for the unacceptable amount of time it took for cases to be tried and judgements given.