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New CJ must erase backlog

TONY BEST,

Added 26 July 2020

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Supreme Court of Barbados (FILE)

Get the job done in the nation’s courts by eliminating the lengthy backlog of outstanding judgements.

That’s what Bajans in North America want the Mottley Administration to do as it ponders who should succeed Sir Marston Gibson, who is quitting the Chief Justice’s position in about a month.

While complaining that “justice delayed is justice denied”, members of the diaspora in the United States and Canada are suggesting that the new head of the judiciary should be an experienced trial judge or a legal luminary with an understanding of the way courts must be managed. All lamented the backlog of cases which had triggered the displeasure of the Caribbean Court of Justice because of the hardships inflicted on defendants and litigants.

Interestingly, none offered a positive or negative assessment of Sir Marston’s performance and they didn’t cite a preference for any of the prospective candidates to succeed him. (TB)

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