Tributes For Late Registrar Marva Clarke

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Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, has extended sympathies on behalf of the judiciary to the family of former Registrar of the Supreme Court, Marva Clarke, who passed away on November 10. Ms. Clarke was described as a civil servant who gave “long and untiring service to the public service of Barbados as a Magistrate, Deputy Solicitor-General and in her final …

Cybersecurity Strategy For Barbados

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With crime in Barbados becoming more organised and with greater threats to cybersecurity, efforts are under way to establish a National Cybersecurity Strategy to provide the island with “a robust cyber defence”. This was disclosed by Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, as he delivered remarks during the first annual conference of the Department of Public Prosecutions under the theme: Strengthening our …

Victims Rights To Be Recognised By Court

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Victims of crimes, particularly those related to sexual assault and domestic violence, are about to see a shift in the way their rights are treated, and how they are vindicated by the law courts in Barbados. This guarantee was given by the island’s top judge, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, who vowed that the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases …

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 …

Asset Recovery Network In The Pipeline

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Barbados and its Caribbean counterparts are on the way to establishing an Asset Recovery Interagency Network for the region. Prosecutors, policymakers, and law enforcement officers will be engaged in discussion over the next two days at the Caribbean Regional Meeting of Asset Recovery Practitioners at the Radisson Aquatica Resort. Speaking during the opening ceremony, Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, said …

Barbados Signs MOU For Jurist Project

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Barbados’ judicial system is receiving a $33 million injection of funds to improve a number of areas through the Justice Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) project, as part of a five-year programme. Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, and Director of the JURIST project, Dr. Penny Reedie, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the agreement. “This Memorandum of Understanding …

Barbados Moving Ahead With Mediation

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While CARICOM governments are being urged to adopt a Mediation Bill, now in draft, Barbados has already started the ball rolling through amendments to two separate Practice Directions for mediation. Chief Justice of Barbados, Sir Marston Gibson, said the island joined other countries within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in rolling out mediation to reduce the backlog in …