Chief Justice’s matter pushed back again

COURT TODAY BLOCKThere has been a further delay to the civil suit brought by prominent Queen’s Counsel Vernon Smith against Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson.

When the matter came up for hearing in the High Court this afternoon, it was adjourned until July 8 with

Smith reporting to Barbados TODAY that nothing of significance took place yesterday in court.

After waiting for 45 days for the matter to be heard, the matter was initially pushed back a month ago.

The legal action arose out of the Chief Justice’s decision to bar Smith from practising law in Barbados for not paying  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.

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