AG Says Court System High Amongst Priorities

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Barbados’ judicial system will feature high on the list of priorities for Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall. Following early discussions with Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Mr. Marshall has disclosed that the court system should expect to see the establishment of specialised courts and the additional appointment of three judges to alleviate the backlog. The Attorney …

Government Committed To Drug Treatment Court

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Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, has pledged Government’s support and commitment to the Drug Treatment Court. He made this pledge today during a Drug Treatment Court training workshop at the Savannah Beach Hotel. “This administration supports 150 per cent what you are doing. I can promise you that we will find the resources to assist you,” …

New QCs Encouraged To Become Mentors

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The 18 new Queen’s Counsels (QC) admitted to the Inner Bar have been urged to mentor their younger counterparts in the legal profession. The advice came from Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, as he welcomed them during a Special Sitting of the Supreme Court at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this morning. “Mentor them; show them the path that you …

Three Attorneys Admitted To The Inner Bar

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History was created today when Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, admitted simultaneously the first husband and wife to the Inner Bar of the Supreme Court. Registrar of the Supreme Court, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, and her husband, attorney-at-law, Ramon Alleyne, were admitted during a Special Sitting in Court No. 5 of the Supreme Court today. They shared their happy moment with Acting …

Judicial Council’s Statement On Court Complex

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Statement of The Judicial Council Re: The Environmental Issues at the Supreme Court Complex On Monday, April 30, the Judicial Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the environmental issues which had beset the Supreme Court Judicial Complex at Whitepark Road, Bridgetown. The Council invited the team of scientists who, in December 2017, had been engaged by the Registrar and the …

Chief Justice: Courts Continue To Work

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The Courts at the Supreme Court Complex on White Park Road, St. Michael, continue to function. This confirmation came today from Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, during a press briefing in the Judges’ Lounge at the White Park Road, St. Michael complex. “The Courts have continued to work; hearings have continued only in those spaces in the building that have …

Attorney General: Consider Criminal Law

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Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, has challenged 53 new attorneys to consider criminal law as an option. He said with an unacceptable 700 individuals on remand at HMP Dodds Prison, and plea bargaining set to commence within the “next couple of weeks”, there were not enough attorneys practising at the criminal Bar. Mr. Brathwaite expressed these concerns during a Special Sitting …

Court Mediation Refresher Training

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Approximately 30 persons are poised to begin practicums in Court Annexed Mediation over the coming months. The certified mediators recently underwent a Mediation Refresher Course at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, which was hosted by the Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT) Project in association with the Supreme Court of Barbados. Speaking during the opening ceremony, Chief Justice …

Support For Victims Of Sexual Assault

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A change in the way victims of sexual assault are treated in Barbados and across the Caribbean is on the horizon. Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson underscored the need to establish clear guidelines for the prosecution of such matters, and for proper support mechanisms in place for virtual complainants in sexual assault cases beyond the trial. He made these comments …

Judicial Lecture On Friday Nov. 18

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Members of the public are invited to attend a public lecture being hosted by Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, and the Barbados Judiciary, on Friday, November 18, at the Supreme Court Complex, Whitepark Road, St. Michael, beginning at 7:00 p.m. It is entitled: Sustaining the Judicial Branch of Government for 50 Years after Independence – Tiptoeing through Minefields, and will …