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Judiciary gets draft gender equality protocol

Judiciary gets draft gender equality protocol

Barbados has taken a major step towards ensuring gender equality in the judicial system, through the development of a draft gender equality protocol for magistrates and judges. The document, the first of its kind within the Caribbean Community, will support the judiciary in using gender analysis to ensure that both women and men have equal […]

Digital justice

Digital justice

The St Matthias Magistrates’ Court is going digital with the receipt Wednesday of Liberty Court Recording Software from the United States (US) embassy. The new digital audio/video recording programme, which comes at a time when the authorities have been complaining about a backlog of cases, is expected to improve the recording of court hearings, expedite hearings, […]

Byer-Sukoo: Sexual harassment laws coming

Byer-Sukoo: Sexual harassment laws coming

Legislation forbidding sexual harassment in the workplace is to be introduced before the next general election due early next year, according to Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo. Addressing a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting at the George Lamming School Sunday evening, Byer-Suckoo said the problem was widespread, and affected the old and young, and both […]

Campus Trendz civil suit still on

Campus Trendz civil suit still on

With the building which once housed the now infamous Campus Trendz now demolished, social activist David Comissiong is ensuring the memories of those who died there are buried beneath the rubble. The attorney-at-law Tuesday insisted he would continue to pursue a civil suit against the state, the business operator, and the two men found guilty of […]

Bar association rejects judge-only trials

Bar association rejects judge-only trials

The legal fraternity is rejecting a recommendation by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock, QC, to abandon trials by jury as a means of reducing the backlog of cases in the law courts. Leacock had told participants at a Regional Security System (RSS) course on prosecuting drug offences last Friday that there were over […]

Justice denied!

Justice denied!

“It cannot be right.” That was the angry reaction by lead attorney Elliott Mottley, QC, after the Court of Appeal Friday denied his request to reinstate his client, the outgoing Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin, who was sent on early retirement four years ago. “It borders on the denial of justice . . . and constitutional […]

Financial boost for justice system

Financial boost for justice system

Barbados has received some financial assistance from Global Affairs Canada to improve the way business is done in the judicial sector. In comes in the form of a $33 million Memorandum of Understanding between the judiciary of Barbados and the Justice Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) project in the Caribbean, which was signed Wednesday by Chief […]

No unethical moves, CJ warns young attorneys

No unethical moves, CJ warns young attorneys

Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson warned the island’s newest crop of attorneys-at-law to be aware of the serious consequences that could arise as a result of any ethical missteps. His plea came after 45 lawyers, the majority of whom were females, took the oath of office in a special sitting of the Supreme Court Friday morning. […]

90-day rule

90-day rule

Frustrated with the slow wheels of justice in the country, prominent attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, QC, today argued for the implementation of a 90-day rule, similar to what obtains in the United Kingdom, after which languishing court cases, in which the prosecution has failed to present a file, would have to be thrown out. The suggestion […]

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