Date set for BLP court hearing

The legal suit brought by expelled Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Member of Parliament Dr Maria Agard against the Mia Mottley-led BLP is to heard in court next Wednesday.

Confirmation of this today from Dr Agard’s lead attorney Hal Gollop, QC, following a move to the law courts by the Christ Church West MP on December 11.

Writs have been served on Mottley in her own right and in her capacity as Chairman of the Opposition BLP, and Dr Jerome Walcott, the general secretary. They have been named as the two defendants in the court action.

Dr Agard is asking  the court to rule on what she claims are flagrant breaches of the rules of natural justice, following the decision of the BLP’s National Council to expel her in the absence of procedural rules for instituting disciplinary hearings in the party’s constitution.

Dr Maria Agard
Dr Maria Agard

“So that the measures taken by the council that night [November 22] to hand out a sheet [of paper] just before the meeting was officially convened, was preposterous. We made the submission that Dr Agard and her team should have been given reasonable notice to have a look at the ad hoc procedural rules,” Gollop is contending.

He said the situation on November 22 called for an adjournment of the hearing to allow Dr Agard and her legal team sufficient time to study the procedure for which the party’s constitution did not provide.

“We considered that as another extreme breach to the right to a fair hearing. These are the things we are going to be asking the court to give some guidance on,” the senior attorney explained at the time of the filing of the suit.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

Dr Agard was expelled after failing to answer to nine “fundamental” charges, according to Mottley, in a statement soon after the hearing at party headquarters on Roebuck Street, the City.

“These charges, contrary to those who would seek to trivialize them, are fundamental.  At the very heart of it, they go to the respect for the authority of organs of the Party, that are critical to its functioning as a mass-based political organization – in other words, the failure of Dr Agard to recognize the legitimacy of a democratically elected branch of this Party – her own branch,” the statement said in part.

However, at a subsequent Press conference, Dr Agard claimed she was expelled because she dared to challenge Mottley’s leadership, her “bullying tactics” and “injustice” and “evil practices” within the party.

6 Responses to Date set for BLP court hearing

  1. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith December 19, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Double standards in the justice system.. How in the hell can a date be set this quick and theirs is hundreds of cases that haven’t gotten any daylight in many years? Is a civil case have such high priority before criminal cases where as people are remanded for months or years? Well if you look at the bigger picture the politicians and the establishment are the ones crippling the system.

  2. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man December 19, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    what happen to the ncc case

  3. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man December 19, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    hal and the deems still trying

  4. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith December 20, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Yeah Coloured Man, good example. NCC case has been forgotten about because it challenge the status quo establishment wrong doing. Lets me make this very clear. It has to do with poor people so they don’t care..They will avoid that case for as long as possible.
    The justice system isn’t designed to help the poor people but only the establishment. The biggest fraudsters are men and women in black robes. Believe it or not, but these are the ones that shape our society not the politicians.. As Mandela said” democracy is only as good as its justice system..

  5. Adrian Shorey
    Adrian Shorey December 20, 2015 at 4:26 am

    The court will rule in your favor Ms Agard sue them for your expulsion, bring down Mia and she gang Lololololo.

  6. jrsmith December 20, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Its about time Bajans wake up ,taking they heads out they backsides, and stop accepting being treated as second class citizens , 2 cases in a short period , heard just like that, ( THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE SITUATION, BECAUSE , ITS NOT A BLACK TO WHITE TO CLAIM RACISM, ITS JUST THE CLASS SYSTEM IN BARBADOS IS OUT OF F…ING CONTROL, we have a clogged up court system , the easy cases can take up to 50 years to be heard.
    @.Lawrence ,G, both comments , hail, hail , on the button, must further , add all of Barbados the same apply. go to DODDS and see the faces of who is locked up ,its as only black people commit crime in Barbados, so then why should the judiciary care, its only black people.


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