Category Archives: Legal

The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Criminalizing attire and the rule of law [I]

“The…appellants here, by choosing to dress in clothing and accessories traditionally associated with women, are in effect expressing their identification with the female gender. And the expression of a person’s gender identity forms a fundamental part of their right to dignity. Recognition of this gender identity must be given constitutional protection. –per Saunders P. in McEwan, Clarke and ors. v.

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Court System Not Protecting Men – UN Convention On Rights Of Child White Paper

There is a concern by advocates of the rights of men that our legislators are not doing enough. The  130 page White Paper on the Child Protection and the Maintenance Act is an opportunity to defend the rights of men as it relates to Parental Alienation Syndrome. It is accepted that decisions handed down by Barbados Courts are are in

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Senator Lisa Cummins Comments on Rejection of the Amendment to Offences against the Person Amendment Bill 2018

The following was posted to Senator Lisa Cummins Facebook wall. Our legal luminary Dean Jeff Cumberbatch opined as follows when asked if he agreed with the Senator: @David, There is not much to disagree with there, but I am of the view that the failure was owed to crass politicking.See be;ow- Notably, the Constitution also now provides for the convicted

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Exercises in Sovereignty, Self-doubt or Apathy?

“It is offensive to the sovereignty of independent nations and therefore, politically unacceptable, to have a foreign tribunal permanently entrenched in their Constitutions as their final court.” Sir Isaac Hyatali “…we recommend that appeals from our jurisdiction to the Privy Council should not only be retained but their retention should be most jealously guarded from assault from any quarter, whether

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – On the Prevention of Corruption 7

I suppose that as a keen student of the law relating to employment and especially that of its termination, I ought to have focused today’s column on the ongoing retrenchment in the public sector, its accordance with fairness and its likely economic and social consequences for the nation. However, that discussion will have to await a future column; today I

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – On the Prevention of Corruption 5

Of course the proof of the pudding will ultimately lie in the eating, but the Integrity in Public Life is not short on provisions designed to ensure the reduction of opportunities for specified persons in public life to profit from corruption. In addition to mandating the declaration of particulars by these individuals that we treated at length in the last

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