Case against CJ delayed again
The lawsuit brought by Queen’s Counsel Vernon Smith against Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson has been adjourned until May 11.
Today, Smith and his team of lawyers, including Hal Gollop, QC, were back in court after waiting for 45 days for the matter to be heard.
However, the hearing has been pushed back by another month.
The legal action arose out of the Chief Justice’s decision to bar Smith from practising law in Barbados’ courts since he had not paid his annual subscription to the Barbados Bar Association.
The prominent attorney claims he was effectively disbarred by Sir Marston without due process, after he was prevented from acting on behalf of Branlee Consulting Incorporated in April last year.
Branlee Consulting is a company owned by former CLICO top executive Leroy Parris.
In a recent interview with Barbados TODAY, Smith, who is seeking damages, said he had tried to, and was willing to pay the subscriptions, but not any Value Added Tax. (EJ)