The Blatant Disrespect and Abuse of the Barbados Supreme Court
Submitted by Well Well, Observing Blogger
Some years ago there was a case that Henry Forde, QC and other attorneys represented their clients who are service providers on the island, Carter’s General Store was one and there were many other contractors, plumbers, electrical engineers etc.
The name of the property they built and provided millions of dollars worth of services and supplies for is called Sandy Lane Falls, located in St. James, the owner of this property Peter Harris, refused to pay these service providers their money, this is a matter of public record, they all sued him to recoup their million dollar losses.
The matter was set down before the Supreme Court, but what Harris did next was pure disrespect and evil and can be confirmed by others, he incorporated a shadow company, a separate company, his company, unknown to the Court or the Plaintiffs, as the First Claimant to the action, to be paid first upon a Judgement,, which means the real parties to the court action, although they too received a Judgement, never received a dime.
Fast forward to 2017 and he is at it again, because that first scam worked so well against the Supreme Court, against the Judges and all the Plaintiffs, he has now set up other shadow companies, secretly sold CGI Towers to Scotia Bank, who by the way have finally put up their Scotia Bank logo on one side of the building, but this time it’s to avoid paying any claims in personal injury cases, the scam against the Supreme Court, the Judges and injured claimants is bigger and there is much more at stake.
And then this happened recently:
Legal standards have fallen to an all time low at the Supreme Court, the bar is now set extremely low for lawyers who should not be lawyers, we have spoken about that on here ad nauseum in the last 4 or 5 years, it has only gotten worse, will only get worse, if there is no intervention.
It’s time for the useless attorney general to actually do some work and help the chief justice and judges, who can be seen as trying their best, to reel in these unethical law firms, their well known unethical owners and their unethical junior lawyers who work for unethical insurance companies, did someone say CGI Insurance, then they will be correct….and who continue to be destructive to the court system, showing blatant disrespect to the judges and injured people.
I understand that this law firm, it’s owner, it’s junior attorney and the insurance company, that I always complain about incessantly, which will be named at a later date again and will continue to be named until the corrupt, blackmailed government ministers and politicians do something about them…….and the lastest disrespect to the Supreme Court, the Judges and injured Claimants is making the rounds in legal circles from extremely reliable sources that they, this month, all concocted this cockamamie scheme to not prepare for a personal injury trial and lied to the judge and the court, in a bid to maliciously and unnecessarily prolong the personal injury case, in a continuous years old bid to delay the outcome.
Apparently the judge did not think it funny or cute, was not amused and awarded the claimant costs to the attorneys in the amount of $4,000 for the waste of their time…not bad for a couple hours work that they did not have to do and I will hazard a guess that VAT will be included.
Good for that Judge.
Many plaintiff attorneys are complaining that defense attorneys who work for insurance companies are refusing to prepare for trials in an attempt to subvert the cases, to facilitate the insurance companies intent to not pay compensation to injured claimants.
In my opinion, the attorney general can do much better than that by helping the CJ raise that penalty to 15 or 20,000 dollars and it will beccome a definite deterrent for unethical law firms, their unethical owners, unethical junior attorneys and unethical insurance companies and their owners, they will no longer feel the need to maliciously torture and suffer injured clainants by viciously prolonging the cases, just because they have been getting away with it for years, through the David Simmons legacy of selling out the supreme court to the same insurance company.
The same insurance company that, because of his involvement with the despicable and morally bankrupt owner, I am told, Simmons lost his place on the CCJ because of his destructive and toxic relationship with the Harrises……… “despite Simmons being one of the brilliant architects of the CCJ.”…….were the exact words used.
He ruined that excellent chance to leave a lasting legacy and lost Barbados’ seat on the CCJ to run with these two indian beasts who are hellbent on destroying the lives of Bajans.
It is a good thing the CCJ holds itself to an extremely higher standard or Simmons and his toxic relationship, were they allowed on the CCJs bench, would have compromised every case sent to the CCJ from Barbados.
Immoral, unethical actions carry dire consequences..
Raising the tort will set a frightening precedent for those who continue to engage in the evil practice of compromising the supreme court to protect their greed, for financial gain. They would all be too afraid to have to pay a 15 or 20 thousand dollar penalty for wasting the Court’s time.
I keep warning these politicians, government ministers and others who are currently being blackmailed by the Harrises to do something about them, time is running out.