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Magistrate raps slow wheels of justice


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Magistrate raps slow wheels of justice
Magistrate Graveney Bannister addressing the closing ceremony of the court prosecutors course where he lamented the slow pace of prosecutions in Barbados’ court system. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

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District ‘A’ Court Magistrate Graveney Bannister is again lamenting the slow pace of prosecutions in the court system, charging that the sometimes-avoidable delays were tantamount to a denial of justice.

At Friday’s closing ceremony of the court prosecutors’ course held at the Regional Police Training Centre in Christ Church, Bannister said all organs of the judicial system must share in the responsibility for a court system, which for decades failed to adhere to the basic principle of the right to a speedy trial.

“In my view, all agencies in the judicial system must take responsibility for delays; it cannot be laid squarely on the door of the court alone. If you permit me, there is some learning one may glean from 1 Corinthian 12:21 of the New Revised Standard Version of The Holy Bible, [which] states: ‘The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you’.”    (CLM)

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