Family Court Set For Later This Year

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Barbados’ judiciary has taken the first step to establishing a dedicated Family Court with the appointment of a consultant to oversee the process. Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson announced the appointment of Master Christie-Ann Morris-Alleyne as a consultant to Barbados’ Family Court Project during a recent meeting with representatives from the Family Law Council and the UNICEF Regional Office at …

Court Improvements Receive “Thumbs Up”

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Improvements in environmental conditions at the Supreme Court Complex have received the “thumbs up” from representatives of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Bar Association, as operations there resumed on Monday. The High Court (for civil cases) and the Registry have returned to the White Park Road, St. Michael complex, after being temporarily relocated to Manor Lodge …

Barbados Bench Bar Journal 2018 Launched

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Barbados’ judiciary has officially launched the Barbados Bench Bar Journal 2018. The journal, which was compiled by the Barbados Supreme Court, in collaboration with the IMPACT Justice Project and the Barbados Bar Association, represents a collaboration of essays in celebration of Barbados’ Independence and 50 years of the island having an independent judiciary. Speaking during the official launch at the …

Magistrate At District “A” Criminal Court Next Week

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Members of the public are advised that matters will be heard in the District “A” Criminal Court No. 1 from Monday, November 12. Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, and Registrar, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, today issued a joint apology to members of the Bar and the public for the absence of a Magistrate at the court over the past week. “We regret …

Changing The Face Of Court Through Mediation

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The delivery of justice in Barbados is set to take on a new face as the Supreme Court prepares to add 45 mediators to the court roster. The mediators, comprising persons from varying professions, underwent training under the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) project, which was conducted in association with the Judiciary of Barbados and the University of the …

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 …