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PM tells House Speaker to get a lawyer

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has advised Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington to get himself a lawyer.

Amidst a publicized legal battle with a former client, Carrington, an attorney-at-law, has been under pressure from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party to recuse himself while the matter is being addressed by Parliament’s Committee of Privileges.

While he supported Carrington’s decision on Tuesday not to vacate the chair when the House of Assembly met, Stuart, also an attorney, has also advised Carrington to seek legal advice.

“I advised the Speaker not try to deal with the matter himself, to retain a lawyer  . . . and I am aware that that advice has been taken and the matter is being handled in the normal way ,” Stuart told reporters today after the unveiling of the Yarico monument at Kendal Plantation in St John.

“I can assure you that based on the information available to me that the outstanding issues are going to be properly resolved.”

A High Court recently found that Carrington failed to hand over to 78-year-old John Griffiths, an additional $210,000 remaining from the sale of his late aunt’s property at Dayrells Road, Christ Church.

Griffiths said several attempts to get his money from Carrington had been unsuccessful.

“As long as you are practicing law – and I speak here from a pinnacle of authority on these matters because I practiced law for 25 years – you can run into disputes with your clients and there are particular procedures laid down for the resolution of  those disputes,” Stuart said yesterday.

“Clients can complain for you about almost anything . . . A client once reported me to the disciplinary committee because he said that whenever he called my office I was in court, and I wondered whether instead of being in court he wanted me to be in a brothel. So you really cannot control what clients can complain about.”

Questioned about the implications of the current controversy on the ruling Democratic Labour Party, Stuart insisted that he did not believe there would be “adverse” implications for the party once the issues were resolved.

“I have full confidence that the courts of Barbados can dispose of these matters . . . Once that process is completed the matter dies; that’s the nature of litigation,” the Prime Minister said.

36 Responses to PM tells House Speaker to get a lawyer

  1. Yusuf Hafejee
    Yusuf Hafejee January 22, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Well said boss

    • Philip Corbin January 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

      This country is in moral and economic nose dive . The economy can be fixed over time, but our moral fabric is suffering irreparable damage daily.

  2. Drian Xyers
    Drian Xyers January 22, 2015 at 12:18 am

    This enabler for PM….instead of telling the man his supposed friend to pay the man what he owe…he tell him get a lawyer.

  3. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 22, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Birds of a feather do what?????

  4. Valarie Rock
    Valarie Rock January 22, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Seriously? The PM wants to know if his client who could not find him would have preferred him in a brothel instead of court?

    • Alex Brooker
      Alex Brooker January 22, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Yeah, I don’t get that one either.

      • Harry Turnover January 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

        Maybe he is implying that SOME Lawyers frequent brothels.Fumble knows what he is talking about because years ago, I spotted a now deceased one coming from upstairs of one situated near a corner in Nelson Street.

    • Janette Reifer
      Janette Reifer January 22, 2015 at 6:54 am

      I am so embarrass. Imaging people calling me from overseas and asking , ” What’s really going on in Barbados” All I can say is “just what you hear going on ” Evil every where. The Most High will make it right. I not going to stress over these evils anymore. I know before half of this year. Many will be have heart attacks and die. Wait on the Most High ! He himself says Wait ! He cannot go back on his world as men do. He intervenes in his own time, because he looks at the proud form a far off. He does not recompense evil for good.

    • Cherry Matunda Heri
      Cherry Matunda Heri January 22, 2015 at 11:20 am

      lol i had to reread it. I could not believe he said that

  5. Valarie Rock
    Valarie Rock January 22, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I hope that he was misquoted . SMH

  6. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe January 22, 2015 at 2:01 am

    How much longer do we have with this government? Smh

  7. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd January 22, 2015 at 3:48 am

    He need to get a loan not a lawyer .

  8. Tracia Griffith
    Tracia Griffith January 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

    This is getting more ridiculous by the day. The court had made a ruling, at this point i don’t care about circumstances. The people of Barbados want 2 things – to hear that the old man has received his money and for the speaker to do the moral thing and recuse himself from his post

  9. Ron Murr
    Ron Murr January 22, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Once again, seeking to trivialize the whole thing… the matter is by no means just “a complaint”… how does a complaint like the one made against the PM even compare to Marshall’s case? And the person right to complain for him too… these lawyers take jobs they don’t want and treat clients like they are annoyances… when they should return a call they totally ignore you and give you the same excuse all the time… “I was in court”… well when you get out of court just return the call and handle the people business.. if you don’t want to deal with the person let them seek new counsel elsewhere.

  10. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn January 22, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Can u imagine this is the person that leading our country? And u say Barbados aint corrupt.

  11. Tracy-ann Bend
    Tracy-ann Bend January 22, 2015 at 6:45 am

    And mr pm what advice can you give me to get my tax?

    • Ali Johannes
      Ali Johannes January 22, 2015 at 7:04 am

      Get a lawyer lol

    • Vivian Bailey
      Vivian Bailey January 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Then the lawyer will keep the tax until interest build hence starting the cycle again…lol

  12. Roslind Codrington
    Roslind Codrington January 22, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Did we expect any thing different from our pm?

  13. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes January 22, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Well it goes to show we aren’t equal Minister suffers from stress and anxiety a man’s get locks up The Speaker of the house/Lawyer withholds a man money even though ordered by the court to pay the man still out roaming the street and the PM tells him get a lawyer morals for ya lol

  14. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown January 22, 2015 at 7:22 am

    bith as usual. Moral decay right at the top!

  15. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves January 22, 2015 at 7:57 am

    The court already rule that he has to pay back the man the money he fraud the man out of so i don’t know what lawyer that idiot talking about.

  16. Harry Turnover January 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    “I have full confidence that the courts of Barbados can dispose of these matters . . . Once that process is completed the matter dies; that’s the nature of litigation,” the Prime Minister said.

    ….and the matter has ALREADY DIED as the COURTS have ALREADY decided that the Speaker has 28 days to pay back the money.

    What must Carrington now get a Lawyer for ????

  17. Martin McCormick
    Martin McCormick January 22, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I have still to hear his reason for not paying the man his money. Is he going to appeal the courts decision ? Is he skint ? Does he think he can hold this money and people will accept the situation ? Is he just a fool ?

  18. Harry Turnover January 22, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Now that the horse has already bolted,you now telling he to get a Lawyer ? When you found out that the Speaker was withholding the wheelchair man money,was the time you should have said so.
    Furthermore as you have already said ,that is a PRIVATE matter,and should not have been discussed in Parliament ,especially by a Prime Minister.

  19. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid January 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Don’t forget this is over fourteen years he had this money

  20. Barbados Green Power
    Barbados Green Power January 22, 2015 at 10:52 am

    If the speaker is suppose to be a representation or reflection of the current Gov. …….nuff said

  21. George Roberts January 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Over 3000 going home….Mr. PM any statement to reassure the public?……Silence

    1st credit rating lowering…Mr. PM any statement to reassure the public ?……Silence

    2nd credit rating lowering…Mr. PM any statement to reassure the public?…..Silence

    Speaker, Peer and Friend …(1) Refusing to following High Court Judgment (2) Refusing to pay a client ….Mr. PM any statement?…..Yes, how dare this client ask for what is his. My friend should get a lawyer and fight this injustice.

    Mr. PM, when will you lead from the front and start by using these two words that have disappeared from the Barbadian vocabulary. “Responsibility and Accountability”

  22. Colin Daniel January 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    The matter has been adjudicated in the courts already. The client has lodged a complaint that after two years he has not received the proceeds from the sale of property which has been apparently been received by his attorney at the time. Based on my understanding of the rules in the UK, the funds from the sale and the delivery of the property must be achieved all on the date the sale has been completed. If not interest starts accruing for the date the sale has been completed until the funds are received. I am sorely disappointed by the PM’s comments, they are not appropriate of his office as PM or as a QC as well. Clients do have rights and lawyers have responsibilities to those clients including responding to them promptly. It is Mr. Griffiths money and not Mr. Carrington.

  23. Maxine Hutchinson January 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    It would appear that many of us relish in the negative challenges of others. We do not have the full story.

    Why can we not turn our attention to assisting our young people in creating clean hearts and realising that quick cash, guns, drugs and violence will return to their doorsteps eventually.

    Here it is that we are flagging this situation that allegedly involves this gentleman because we have another agenda – to use it as a red herring to lure the fickle minded into believing that another government will be the answer.

    It is an insult to the populace when persons can connive and collude with each other and make plans to “open fire” and to blow issues out of proportion in such a manner as to make others believe that they the “criers” are all so Holy and Just.

    After I have completed my writing in the sand I am going to invite such persons to reminisce on their past deeds and afterwards cast their first stone.

    Be careful, what you sow you will reap. Some of us have long memories. Luckily for this gentleman, he is self-employed and is not at the mercy of those in the Civil Service who believe everything that is told to them, after which they set up blockages in your path towards socio-economic progress, while smiling in your face each day and enquiring of your well-being.

  24. Asiba January 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise

  25. joe-joe January 22, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    he allways put his foot in his mouth, I don’t know why he don’t keep it in,

  26. gee-gee January 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    WOW, Maxine,are u for Real?
    I don’t thing u r all there

  27. Dwayne Jordan February 6, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Cant wait til election day, enuff said


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