• Today
    August 17

  • 07:55 PM

Shortlist of proposed judges soon with PM

RACHELLE AGARD, rachelleagard@nationnews.com

Added 12 August 2019

dale-marshall

Attorney General Dale Marshall (FILE)

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)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Do you think that marijuana should be legalised only for medical and scientific purposes?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM