Chief Justice being sued
Barbados’ Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson is being sued by attorney-at-law Vernon Smith QC.
Reliable sources have informed Barbados TODAY that Sir Marston was served with a statement of case yesterday. Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has also been named in the lawsuit, which has arisen out of the Chief Justice’s decision that Smith should not be practising law in Barbadian courts since he has not paid his annual Bar subscription.
The lawyer claims that the Chief Justice effectively disbarred him without due process, after Smith was prevented from acting on behalf of Branlee Consulting Incorporated in April, a company owned by former CLICO top executive Leroy Parris.
Smith is also seeking damages.
In a recent interview with this newspaper, the prominent attorney said he had tried to, and was willing to pay the subscriptions, but minus the Value Added Tax.