Barbados’ highest appellate court docket, the Caribbean Court docket of Justice (CCJ), has but once more condemned the decrease courts’ “unacceptable” delays in delivering judgments, issuing a robust name for an apology to the affected events.
An actual property dispute, which took the Court docket of Attraction in Bridgetown 4 years to determine on, prompted CCJ justice Denys Barrow to problem the rebuke because the Port of Spain-based court docket delivered the final phrase on the case.
Whereas declaring that the delay didn’t prejudice the decrease court docket’s resolution, Justice Barrow described the hold-up as severe and unacceptable.
He cited a concurring judgment by CCJ Justice Peter Jamadar who had some robust phrases for Barbados when he referred to Sections 18 and 84 of the Barbados Structure regarding the delay within the supply of judgments.
Justice Barrow mentioned his colleague discovered that “primarily based on an outer time customary of reasonableness for the supply of judgments of six months, this delay of 4 years was unacceptable.”
He added: ”In instances reminiscent of this, the minimal that must be finished, is to supply a proof to the events for the delay and an acceptable apology. Not that these might exempt the fault, however possibly they may rescue in some small measure, public belief and confidence within the administration of justice in Barbados.”
Again in February 2016, the CCJ criticised delays within the judicial system because it despatched again 4 legal appeals for listening to within the decrease courts.
The CCJ levelled the criticism because it delivered a choice in 4 jointly-heard functions for go away to attraction. It directed that each one the appeals be given an expedited listening to within the Barbados Court docket of Attraction, noting that the appellants who had been sentenced to fifteen years would full their phrases in March 2016, presumably with out their appeals being heard.
The court docket cited this for instance of the “inordinate systemic delay” of the Barbados judiciary and advocated, as soon as once more, that steps be taken to handle this example.
Again in December 2017, with a looming basic election marketing campaign, then Prime Minister Freundel Stuart mentioned the Barbados judicial system had been “unnecessarily slandered” by the CCJ and threatened to tug out of the court docket.
As much as that point, the CCJ had blasted the Barbadian justice system over delays no fewer than on three events.
Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana are the 4 CARICOM member states which subscribe to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ in civil and legal issues.
The opposite member states are at numerous ranges of decision-making on changing the regulation lords of the Privy Council with the CCJ. However all of the states are celebration to the CCJ’s authentic jurisdiction which arbitrates disputes underneath the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-nation bloc.