Fix it

Businesses want action on legal backlog

The business sector here said it was gravely concerned that recommendations to improve the judicial system had been “catching dust” a decade after they were presented to Government.

Former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons revealed yesterday that stakeholders had documented 106 recommendations about ten years ago for speeding up the judicial process and easing the troubling backlog of cases.

New Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert told Barbados TODAY he was concerned that no one had given the proposals a second look.

“Our legal system is not operating [efficiently]. We have a report that has been around for years saying what we need to do . . . I gather it has buy-in from all relative parties and we are not doing anything. We need to focus on what is broken in Barbados, and this is broken,” Herbert said.

The BPSA head said an inefficient legal system had implications for doing business, insisting it was difficult enough getting things done here without adding unnecessary hurdles.

“It is difficult to do everything. It takes three days to get a liquor licence; it takes a month to get an amalgamation through Corporate Services; it goes on and on. Everything we do is difficult to do. That is the effect it will have on existing business. But the effect it has on new businesses is that new businesses don’t get formed, people don’t do business in Barbados because it is difficult, the cost of goods go up because it is difficult . . . it is a real spin off,” Herbert told Barbados TODAY, adding that lending institutions did not easily grant mortgages because it could take years for foreclosures to go through courts.

Herbert suggested that the lack of implementation of the recommendations was typical, stressing that similar reports would likely be found across the public sector.

“Let’s start a score card . . . this story can be repeated in almost every ministry where there are reports on what needs to be done to make things more efficient. We have wonderful reports all around that are just not being used and not being acted on, and for some reason, it is not a big ticket item to talk about because it is not $300 million and monies we don’t have to spend,” the BPSA leader stated.

7 Responses to Fix it

  1. jrsmith August 17, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Our politicians have no time to do anything for the benefit of the people, they are too corrupt…

  2. seagul August 17, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Stop blaming the politicians, we all know they are just puppets. The hotel cartels are the ones responsible for the high unemployment throughout…and the guns.

  3. Harry August 17, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Seagull, can give more details on comment, hotel cartels guns?

  4. Smiley August 17, 2016 at 8:47 am

    The HAVES and HAVE NOT Barbados is not helping to widen the gap .We need to stop killing the people who are suffering under this government with tax after tax while the rich chilling out, the criminal elements will increasingly get worse we need fairness in the country and it should start with the Rich and the political parties.Don’t let Barbados become like our neighbours.

  5. Tony Webster August 17, 2016 at 9:16 am

    @smiley: doan hol’ bref’ for a ( sensible) response Sir….Seagull is ” out to sea”. Mr. Herbert is evidently not going to keep a pot-lid on his mouth from here on in, but we really do need a national intra-venous infusion of reality-cum-determination-to-fix-broken-things. May God be with him…and with every real-real Bajan who puts “Country First”!

    Another welcome pot-lid that was removed recently, was that of the Sir David variety , cooking-away on the Brass Tacks stove. Hope we can hear a lot more pots with lids “blown-off”

  6. seagul August 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Bless my eye this morning, Jah sun is on the rise once again
    Way earthly things are going, any thing can happen, you see. Have no chain round your feet and still you can’t free yourself.
    Laws cause crime and violence. And fear is in the eyes of the beholder, but love is in the presence of the love maker. Life is in the words of the comforter to live much longer…As a writer it’s a job to be impartial and provide a fair and thorough assessment of what’s happening on the ground from the perspective of the street….. truth. The everyday people know who bring in the guns.

  7. jrsmith August 17, 2016 at 11:43 am

    @, Seagul , love this line from you.. (have no chains round your feet and still cant free yourself ), because we are under control the ones who are sitting and rubbing they hands with large smiles on they faces and carry no real concerns for our nation, because they are all protected..


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