In what could be a first in Barbados’ judicial system, Justice Elneth Kentish yesterday removed herself from the case Coach House Limited versus Joseph Jordan III, informing the No. 12 Supreme Court that she had referred the case to Chief Justice Marston Gibson for a new date because she would also be commencing litigation
Interesting times Hantsie!
It is interesting to hear Lashley critiqing the justice system. Of course BU has laid bare the matter on several occasions.
Unfortunately in a debate in the House last week Lashley was full of praise for Director of Public Prosecutions Leacock who is part of the problem of an inefficient justice system.
On the “Welcome” site could not be responded any more, so we take the liberty to place a word over here.
It is nice to have people speaking out. To a democratic system this can only give that system life by making sure that different opinions can be spoken out and that people have the opportunity to go into discussion in a friendly manner, respecting each liberty and freedom of speech.
In all circumstances there should be a “search for the truth” and a “defence of truth.” People sharing their thoughts and giving the right to reply is one way of providing discussion ground and a ground for lying open the reality of what happens or happened.
In certain countries actions should come from “underground”, but to be democratic they may never be “under” or “below” the ethical grounds. We do hope you are willing to represent matters as they also can be proven to be so, and in an honest opinion. Always taking care that no corruption can creep in and everybody knows from which point of view something is looked at.
Good luck with your writing.
Public sector reform??? How about a public officer, in relation to the sale / auction of land, saying that ‘no court can tell him what to do/’, while the ownership of the land in question is in court dispute?
How about, contrary to court order and in contempt of court, a person can sell property that is under court dispute, and get the money to his new location, Florida? This happened.
With no reaction by said court? How is this ENABLED?
As your lawyer Amused says, the legal system is broke, and there are those who know ‘how’ to get things done, however THAT is.
Mr. Editor, I have a story to send you, when the appropriate time comes.
And it shows the ineptness of the courts at dealing with some who literally holds them in contempt, and a query as to enablement by public officials who themselves need investigating. And lawyers, what lawyer presides over a sale he knows is in contempt of court?
There are people who need investigating, no mind the person who was able to hoodwink and scheme to avoid court orders in Barbados, was himself investigated by the FBI previously, for money laundering.
Very interesting, you may send details so that we can investigate further and get BU’s legal eagles, of which there are quite a few, to have a look.
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I love this website this is my first time visiting. I find that the high court of Barbados is just for government workers. I have a case there where that the judges are being bias because the other party is a police officer. then Mr marston Gibson made a court order that was actually stopping me from getting a job. I mean recession is in but I would have had the jobs if this particular court order was not done the way it was. the court order was done in a way that it only benefits one party and it was not me.
Even with the Ms. Kentish removing herself from that case, I think I will try to get her remover from my case also. but I really like your website and I think it is a good idea that you a articles about TALES FROM THE COURT. Please continue the good work
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Some of the attributes of the scofflaws he represents seem to have rubbed off on Mr. Pilgrim and he is a QC to boot.
Pilgrim does a Justin Bieber ” sorry ”
“On Friday I behaved loud and aggressive. I apologise unreservedly for my conduct, and I hope you can find it within your bosom to forgive my grave indiscretion,” he told the magistrate in hushed undertones.
“The video showed the constable kicking and cuffing Brathwaite before the lawman was pulled off the accused by another constable.”
“I think we need to prosecute people for taping policemen,” said Magistrate Bannister,”
So in theory a the police should have a right to privacy while beating the crap out of a citizen.
Dig up de pitchfork Bushie.
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JUSTICE FOR THE RICH
” The husband of Emma McManus yesterday declared he was willing to take a test as he denied he told Coroner Graveney Bannister, in a telephone call allegedly made to the magistrate shortly after his wife’s death, that they had been doing “a little cocaine”.
John Paul McManus further denied he telephoned the magistrate several times in an attempt to get his wife’s body released into his custody.”
Chief Justice points to causes of court backlog
The Chief Justice has blamed attorneys as well as the Registration Department for the backlog of matters in the judicial system.
Sir Patterson Cheltenham’s comments came as attorneys for businesswoman Asha “Mrs Ram” Mirchandani and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) admitted the record in the Casa Grande Hotel vs the Barbados Water Authority case had not been settled.
The matter had been set down for case management in the Court of Appeal.
Attorney Ezra Alleyne, who represented Mirchandani, admitted that to the best of his recollection, he had not been summoned to settle the record. He also conceded that his Notice of Appeal was “deficient” since it did not have a High Court judge’s decision attached to it.
Attorney Gregory Nicholls, who appeared for the BWA in association with attorney Ona Harewood, said the record had not been settled between the parties, but the reason the matter was on the court’s calendar was as a result of an email, sent by him to the Deputy Registrar last month.
“And that is why we have this backlog issue, partially because there is lack of momentum coming from counsel even though the rules are quite clear. And there is also a lack of momentum coming from the Registration side,” Sir Patterson said.
“I am not in the business of allocating blame. I am simply trying to get matters rectified and move forward.”
The Chief Justice said the appeal appeared to be “stuck in mud”, which was “contrary to the ethos of the court”.
“We are trying to take all matters that seem to have become orphaned and to give them some energy and bring them on for hearing.
“And we are quite prepared to bring matters on even if that critical first step of meeting with the Deputy Registrar and settling the record has not occurred, because if we have it in hand, we can give directions and hopefully have some momentum,” he said.
The Chief Justice, who presided with Justices of Appeal Frances Belle and Margaret Reifer, ordered the parties to contact the Deputy Registrar by March 19 to settle the record. He then adjourned the appeal until July 6.
Mirchandani and her Casa Grande Hotel have appealed the decision of a High Court judge, who ruled in the BWA’s favour in the wake of the company’s disconnection of the water supply to the Oldbury, St Philip hotel.
The BWA had disconnected the service after discovering a connection from the Bowling Alley to adjoining premises at Knitwear Ltd.
The judge ruled that the company had exercised its discretion under Regulation 13 of the BWA Act, and that it was neither unlawful nor unreasonable in disconnecting the water supply.
The judge said Regulation 13 permitted the BWA to continue the disconnection for “the duration of the contravention”.
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