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 …

Dame Sandra Promises To Continue Legacy

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Described as a woman of honesty and integrity, Barbados’ eighth Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, has pledged to uphold the principles for which she has become known as she pursues her new role. She was the lady of the moment as staff of the Registration Department held a special sitting in the Court of Appeal in her honour last Friday, …

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 …