Chief Justice being sued

Barbados’ Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson is 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.

Queen’s Counsel Vernon Smith
Queen’s Counsel Vernon Smith

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.

8 Responses to Chief Justice being sued

  1. Patrick Blackman May 30, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Stupid people engaging in stupid things.

  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis May 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

    It was a waste of time bringing he back to Barbados.Instead of things getting better in the Courts system things have a lot worst

  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 30, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Can’t be wrong an get right! The law states that you’re not allowed to practice if hadn’t paid you’re dues.

    • harry turnover May 30, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      The term is ” Can’t be wrong and YET right “

  4. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post May 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    These ppl sick? Well if he feel he right dat means he owe real nuff ppt dat paid vat cost included in his fees? I refuse ta pay income tax then cause it Aintree nah benefit ta me. ..stupess. ..Vernon Smith want locking up not disbarring

  5. Trina Lowe
    Trina Lowe May 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Want an example.

  6. Angela Fergusson May 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    We, in Barbados need to stand up and be more responsible for our actions particularly when we understand what is right and what is wrong.
    If a prominent lawyer in our land owes fees and chooses not pay them because there are not inclusive of (his style of) agreed taxes, as a lawyer I am sure he knows the proper course of action to take. Failing to take the correct and proper action, I support the action taken in this and all such cases.

  7. chet June 1, 2015 at 6:03 am

    People should desist from making stupid comments when they dont understand the issues. They are legal issues re the payment of fees to the Bar Ass. It is not a simple matter of the law say so and the CJ was absolutely wrong.


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