Question mark remains over Mottley’s legal certification

A question mark continues to hang over Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s qualification to practise law in Barbados, even after her valiant attempt last week to put the matter to bed.

During her three-hour long Budget reply in Parliament, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader held up a set of personal documents, which she made a record of the House, to prove she was an attorney-at-law of good repute.

Her attempt to clear the air came after Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe had openly challenged her in the previous Budget debate to “bring proof” that she was qualified to practise law here.

“I have produced an authentic copy of my doctoral certificate and I am making it a document of this House. Produce your legal certificate to prove that you have a right to practice law in Barbados!” said Lowe, whose professional qualifications had also been brought into in question.

At the time, he had also warned Mottley that if she could not present the necessary proof of her legal certification, she could face either a $5,000 fine or 12 months in jail for practising law illegally.

However, while sidestepping Lowe’s challenge, the Opposition Leader has presented her October 1983 application to study at the famous Middle Temple Inn in Britain.

She also shared a certificate of character endorsed by late Prime Minister, National Hero and Father of Independence, Errol Walton Barrow, as well as photocopies of her CXCs and GCEs certificates, which accompanied her application.

“This is to certify that Mia Mottley, student of London School of Economics has been known to me personally for upwards of 18 years last past.

“I have been a close family friend for over 30 years and I have known the applicant from birth,” said Barrow in the document dated January 8, 1984.

Mottley also tabled in the House what appeared to be a cover note, dated April 27, 1984, and signed by a Kavita Daftary, which made reference to the photocopies of her academic certificates and the fact that she was a student of the “London School of Economics and Political Science, reading for the LLB”.

She also brought proof that her application to Middle Temple had been approved. However, there was no copy of a law degree among the documents presented in the Lower House.

However, according to the Legal Professions (Qualifications for Admission to Practice) Rules, 1972, “a person is qualified for admission to practise law who has pursued the course of study and professional training in law provided by the Council of Legal Education established by the Caribbean Legal Education Agreement and has obtained the certificate, diploma, licence, or other status or form of recognition awarded by the Council of Legal Education” – proof of which has not been presented by Mottley to date, even though she has been a practising attorney here for 30 years and is recognized as a Queen’s Counsel.

The matter has resurfaced in the lead up to what it expected to be the mother of all election battles here.

However, BLP stalwart Sir Henry Forde, QC, who had introduced Mottley to the Bar, has already admitted publicly that Mottley did not attend any of the law schools in the Caribbean administered by the Council of Legal Education, prior to being admitted to the Bar of Barbados. However, when the controversy over her qualifications first erupted last year Sir Henry strongly argued that this fact did not preclude her from practising law in the region.

“Such attendance was NOT necessary at the time. It was NOT a pre-condition to the right to practise,” argued Sir Henry.

He pointed out that “Schedule 2 to the Legal Profession Actapplies to her and permitted her to practise in Barbados without having to do any prescribed course of study at a law school in the region.

“It should also be noted that pursuant to the same rules of the Council of Legal Education, Miss Mottley has been admitted to practise in the jurisdictions of St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines,” he added.

According to Barbados’ Legal Profession Act, Appendix 2 of the second schedule relating to the qualification of a Barrister-at-law, section 2 states: “No person who has joined any of the Inns of the Court of the United Kingdom after the 31st December, 1984, shall be deemed to be qualified, by virtue of his having been called to the Bar of England, to practise law. Miss Mottley was admitted to the local Bar in 1987.

62 Responses to Question mark remains over Mottley’s legal certification

  1. Mark My Word June 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    My son did law in England and can practice law in Europe but still had to go to The Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad to practice in Caribbean
    Mia tek a short cut.

    • Mark My Word June 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Big shot lawyers don’t need to go Hugh Wooding Law school in Trinidad to get a certificate
      They can sit in an office charge $3.3 millions, $1.5 millions, $700,000 to Big insurance companies or certain Government departments for two or three hours work.
      If there is a need to appear in court they send a junior lawyer that went and get the certificate.

  2. Miguel Griffith
    Miguel Griffith June 10, 2017 at 1:33 am

    That’s when you got friends “in high places” like Uncle Errol.

  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 10, 2017 at 5:05 am

    This is bare BS. If she does not have a certificate to prove she has studied law how then is she a lawyer for over 30 years? You mean as long as you are status quo, you can do all sorts of nonsense and get away with it? If she cannot produce the proof, then she should be subjected to the full weight of the law for being a fraud, and those who help perpetrate this fraudulence should also be submitted to it as well. Show me any doctor in Barbados who did not study medicine, who does not have the qualification to prove that they can perform surgery, not be subject to some serious disciplinary action and charges. Just because she came from prominent family and got big name friends in high places should not be a free ticket for her to practice law. Can’t produce the certificate then she should be disciplined for being false.

  4. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne June 10, 2017 at 5:24 am

    You have to be kidding…..

  5. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli June 10, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Dont belive that…. wow so how many Lawyers work in Bim and are in fact Butchers or Carpenters?

  6. Anne-Marie Burke Brewster
    Anne-Marie Burke Brewster June 10, 2017 at 5:43 am

    So much issues ah go on and we ah mek this priority. Chaa deb

  7. Dale Worrell June 10, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Don’t trouble trouble unless trouble trouble you. She troubled and attack Dr: Denis Lowe and said that apparently he’s not a certified Doctor. Dr Lowe produced all of his qualifications to support his practice and challenged her to produced her Legal Education Certificate(LEC) to prove she is legally qualified to practice law. Which apparently up til now she haven’t done she showing all types of papers,documents etc except the LEC. But because of her status in society,because apparently she grew up in sandy lane,because she’s a Mottley,because she come from an elite family,because she’s from aristocracy lineage she seem to be able to get away with anything in this country and nobody questions her. And people supporting her with this nonsense. We really live in two Barbadoses fuh trute. One for the aristocrat and one for peasants. But there is more to come this is just the beginning.

  8. sticks and stones June 10, 2017 at 6:28 am

    oh lordy LOL and this the same Mia walking around with paper work shoving in peoples face talking about govt corruption oh lordy lol

  9. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin June 10, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Y every time she has to open her mouth… this comes up?
    Its not the first time this was hi-lited n the media
    Y ppl act n surprised

  10. Charles Mitchell
    Charles Mitchell June 10, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Smoke and mirrors!!!! Next prime minister of Barbados

  11. Frank White June 10, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Another red heron from the DLP… Can’t you all people see that the DLP isn’t at all instrumental in running the country but are very crafty in diverting the masses attention away from what’s really important, can’t you all see that…

    This just goes to show why they conjure up these things because they know that you masses are asleep at the switch…

  12. fedup June 10, 2017 at 6:56 am

    stead uh worrying bout Mia wunna shld worry bout de tings dat duh say cost less. all wunna int even know dat wunna stuffing money in de pockets of de clear politician dat causing hard de man dat say he experiencing hardships still lvg in a 3million $ house. lolol

  13. Randolph June 10, 2017 at 7:15 am

    God’s Bible School where Lowe said he got his doctorate,does not offer a doctoral program.For those who doubt me google God’s Bible

  14. Carson C Cadogan June 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    In order to practice Law in Barbados the Laws of Barbados demand that one must have a Law Certificate which she does not have.

  15. Taylor Dane
    Taylor Dane June 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Really people who gives a rat a@@ we always get caught up with drama and these people sitting back and laughing and enjoying life. Right now I prepared to enjoy life too and better yet when the bell ring.

  16. Carson C Cadogan June 10, 2017 at 7:33 am

    DAVID THOMPSON had his Law Certificate.

  17. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 10, 2017 at 7:38 am


  18. Carson C Cadogan June 10, 2017 at 7:41 am

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY bringing Cxc’s and GCE’s don’t cut it.

    How can she call her self a “”Lawyer””?

    And this raises serious questions.

  19. Santini More
    Santini More June 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Let me ask a question: if you got into trouble and could afford to pay for quality legal representation to keep your butt out of Dodds, who would you rather have argue your case in court; Mia Mottley or Freundel Stuart?

    • Tracy Brown
      Tracy Brown June 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Mia Mottley of course!!!!!

    • Carson C Cadogan June 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Not Mottley.

      The decision would be overturned in the not too distant future.

  20. Nita Holligan
    Nita Holligan June 10, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Who cares, the president is also in question on his ability to read and he was elected to speak on global platforms. This man is such a low life., anything to keep her down.

  21. Ricci Khan June 10, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I do not believe that it is too late. The Lady can enter Mona or St Augustine in September and spend the next two years getting the required Law Certificate.

    • Carson C Cadogan June 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

      It is never too late.


      If we had a “Doctor” without the required qualifications practicing medicine would we give him the chance to go MONA to get qualified or would we lock him up as a fraud?

      And what would we do with him if at anytime some of his “patients” had died as a result of his medicine?

      See how serious this thing is?

  22. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose June 10, 2017 at 8:01 am

    A Drowning party grabbing for straws.How a bout the gun epidemic that is killing too many young men, that has exploded under STEWARTS watch NOW THAT IS AN ISSUE.

  23. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande
    Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande June 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    We. Don’t. Care. We Brek! We Hungry! We Homeless! We Naked! Tell we bout that!!!

    • Afrikan-Alchemist Elcock
      Afrikan-Alchemist Elcock June 10, 2017 at 8:21 am


    • Carson C Cadogan June 10, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Who “we” you talking about?

      You cant be referring to Bajans in general?

  24. Zeus June 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Santini Moore do you know of miss mottleys track record in the law courts of Barbados ……at present she is working on four seasons has any thing happen to that project in the last six years ….some of us shout to the heavens about Mia can anyone tell about anything significant as a minister ….the last budget reply she cast some serious allegations on some lawyers she was asked to repeat those comnents outside the house of parliament….the only thibg she has responded to since then is that she did not recieved 4 million for four seasons ….
    Stay tuned there is more to come about this opposition leader

  25. Natalie June 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Let us concentrate on the high food prices, job Loss, increase University fees and the fact that we Barbadians sucking salt.
    We know she can represent Barbados on any stage. So stop majoring in minors and focus on what we need to focus on.

  26. Zeus June 10, 2017 at 9:54 am

    What stage she ever represented Barbados …not even the calypso stage …..pkease tell me i am waiting …..this woman has been surround with controversy after controversy within her party …outside her party ….even in rhe caribbean ….
    Stop living in a fools paradise

  27. jrsmith June 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    So she is the party leader, she doesn’t need qualification to be an (MP) does she……………………………….
    @ ,Carson C,C, hail , hail, your (8.03) shot about being serious , being serious to or for whom……..
    Could anything (Mia ) do, be more serious than allowing the world to see how crooked and corrupt the present barbados government is …….. when they cannot give account for the 900 millions bds dollars missing from the nation’s treasury………

  28. sticks and stones June 10, 2017 at 9:56 am

    We DO CARE. U can stick that in yuh pipe and smoke it. It a requirement which all practicing lawyers must have.

  29. just observing June 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Mia’s qualifications is the least of my problems now and should be to most if not all bajans. Wunna understand the seriousness of the recent budget? All uh we in the duck’s guts and we letting de same people that put we in dis situation to use small issues to distract we. That is how they have summed us up-as 9 day wonders people. If she ain’t qualified let the relevant people deal wid dat. Focus and prepare for what will or may happen in the next few months people. Dr dis nor Dr dat can’t cure the ills that are facing us. We need to learn to think for ourselves and not get on or jump of the bandwagon of brainwashing. Just saying ….

  30. Cavil Best June 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

    This woman is a failure at whatever she does when she was Minister of Education, Culture and Youth Affairs; she failed there with Edutec over 200 million usd wasted only she knows what happened to that program and money also remember that they does cope in US currency. I am going to spare Culture and Youth Affairs for later. Attorney General; she has failed there big times remember some of us have selective memory. Glendairy prison revolted, inmates complained about the high rise in homosexuality so she did what she likes best installed condom machines in the prison to promote homosexuality. The PM was furious about that promiscuous decision that she had made. The inmates rebelled and caused the burning of Glendairy Prison in resulted of that scenario one inmate lost his life and many were i injured. Inmates were temporary institutionalized at the Old Naval Felicities making way for a new prison that she said that would cost Barbadians 350 million dollars then the new Attorney General A.K.A Guy Smiley said she had meant over 350 million USD. We all say Real Steele in dat. The then PM told the Barbadians he will take the blame for everything that’s right, he said blamed me. What a colossal failure, can’t function properly as a minister and wants to be Pm? May Almighty God help us all!

  31. Greengiant June 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    @ Frank White, Ayo – Ololara Ifeoma Nomande; Sadly we have to politicize everything. Mia is my attorney for quite a few years now, has given me excellent representation too. I’ve however noticed a few bright sparks moved on from the firm over the last few years. I asked a few questions and heard this same story.

    This is not about her as a person, but in the game of politics, you have to be mindful of the things you say to people. You have to plan your line of attack, where to go and where not to, what to say and what not to, who to attack and who not to. These are the basic rules. However this is about not having the certificate required by law to practice here. Now several years ago, who you were, where you were from, your color, and family name was all that mattered in this country. Today, though people will challenge you, the police will charge anyone, they’re magistrates, and judges who will try and sentence anyone. These people who will act against any offender regardless of who they are have grown up very poor, been educated by the state, desire no political affiliation, or favors, and are true servants of the state. These are the people who get their promotions blocked, who gets shifted to courts outside the city, and who get shifted to assigned to chamber work only. For those of us who are claiming to be hungry, don’t give the impression that Barbadians are hungry, because we are not. Some of us have spent what we don’t earn, abused credit cards, and have attained maximum credit levels, these practices are our personal lack of responsibility. Worst off citizens who have done that are a direct mirror image of the two main political parties. They have been over spending, under earning, and managing their domestic affairs terribly.

    If Mia did not attain the required certificate to practice law here, then Sir Henry Forde, the Judicial officer who performed the swearing in ceremony, the then Registrar of the Supreme court, the Attorney General at that time have all committed fraud and should all be brought to justice once still alive. She should be suspended from practicing until such time as she attains the certificate as well. The fact that she’s been admitted to practice in St. Kitts / Nevis, Dominica, St. Vincent and other jurisdictions means nothing to us. Remember these same jurisdictions recognize medical doctors trained and qualified in Cuba, while we require them to take an examination prepared and approved by our medical council. So please don’t make this out as anyone trying to destroy Mia, this is a situation as genuine as our need for economic recovery.

    Oh by the way, I don’t usually say these things, ” but you people with your funny non local names, and others who we have welcomed to live in our country and enjoy the freedom, and social benefits for which our fore parents slaved tirelessly in the sun. If you are starving, if you are suffering, if you can’t bear the consequences of our electoral choices, and the challenges we will have to incur to gain our economic stability in the future. Then you know where Grantley Adams International Airport is.

    I say this, because I’ve studied, worked, and lived in several countries from Africa, Europe, the Americas back to our very region and the people don’t take kindly to outsiders having political opinions about their countries. They remind you very quickly where you’re from and what you can do. In some places you may get deemed a trouble maker and be deported. Barbadians……….. what is our mirror image? Why do we allow people who enjoy our hospitality to disrespect this little nation? We are not perfect, but we are still a desired GEM. Our politicians may be priced tagged, or corrupt as some of you believe, but they don’t have our citizens murdered because they oppose their parties or political opinions. Neither does our people brutally attack the supporters of opposing parties. So when compared what’s so wrong with our country that some of these non – nationals can bemoan our standards like they do?

  32. just observing June 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Cavil Best I see you are singing for your supper. Tell us about this year’summer camps. Another puppet of the system. Anyway could be your swan song. Talk yuh talk.

  33. watchin June 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

    “…the Opposition Leader has presented her October 1983 application to study at the famous Middle Temple Inn in Britain.”

    ““No person who has joined any of the Inns of the Court of the United Kingdom after the 31st December, 1984, shall be deemed to be qualified, by virtue of his having been called to the Bar of England, to practise law.”

    What question mark remains? Do tell Emmanuel Joseph.

  34. sunshinecanada June 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Zeus,, and more to come about you, y r u trying to distract the people, Demdog,

  35. Lorenzo June 10, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Don,t worry people the usual Dems like CCC,Zeus ,Greengiant Calvin best,Sticks and Stones only ones missing arejoan worrell,Coralta ,Saga Boyand Ras.Imagine we got so many problems with high cost of living ,gun violence ,school issues and what does these Dems come with same sex unions ,Mia,s Legal certificate and one talking about Greenland and Tom adams Cadillac and a lot of rubbish to distract people.Whoever paying them to write nonsence on thes blogs need to revisit the strategy because it is not working bring your record in government 2008 until present or something of substance or get lost.

  36. Zeus June 10, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Ok since some of you don’t want to discuss what she don’t appear to have lets discuss her economic qualifications and experience …….we just had a budget and what did she say in replying to the budget …..what plans she has to bring growth to our economy …..did she ever hold the seat of the minister of finance ……the great Owen Arthur only remedy to the situation is go to the IMF … Mia mottley going to take us to the IMF

  37. Updeting June 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Too many of the commenters can read but lack comprehension skills. Read the article again and the disconnect between content and the headline is patently obvious. The clue is in dates October 1983 snd 31 December 1984.

  38. joan Worrell June 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm


    You are the only same-sex BLP advocate who makes no sense with your comments. Don’t you realize that people are fed up with the leaders of both Parties? If you believe that Bajans have forgotten the BLP for their wrong doings when your Opposition leader was either co-leader or deputy leader of the Party in power, you are living in a fool’s paradise. If you can’t read, beg someone to read the following article and then reply tome.


    Reudon Eversley

    The long dark night of the BLP has come to an end. May Barbados never see the likes of it again. By the way, I want to encourage other Barbadians who were similarly targetted by the BLP because they were Dems or were otherwise affiliated, to tell their story. Barbadians must get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It must no longer be kept under the carpet. So Mia Mottley is calling for justice for BLP supporters. Why didn’t she call for justice for me, when I was editor of the Advocate and was being persecuted almost on a daily basis by the BLP?

    The full story of how I was treated by the Barbados Labour Party has not been told but I will do so one day and Barbadians will see what an authoritarian government we had. How we were on the brink of dictatorship because when the press is attacked and bullied into submission, freedom is always in danger.

    Some ill-informed Barbadians said I was too big for my boots when I reported Owen Arthur to the World Press Freedom Committee. If you do not stand up for yourself, no one else will. If they only knew what was happening to me, they would have been in full agreement. The media in Barbados were afraid of carrying the story. They apparently did not want to experience the wrath of the BLP.

    How many Barbadians know, for example, that the BLP complained to the Advocate’s management because I refused to eat their food at a media luncheon to launch their 1999 general election campaign? As a result, I was threatened with dismissal. Well, I sought legal advice and was prepared to sue the Advocate for breach of my human rights so they backed off.

    Let me say that the then CEO of the Advocate Mr Metzgen was a decent man who recognized what was going on and tried to defend me. I cannot say the same for certain members of the then Board who seemed more eager to please the BLP than to defend their employee – see supporting documents submitted by Reudon Eversley.

    Why would I want to eat from the BLP ? Their yardfowls used to leave the most foul messages on my voicemail, telling me they are going to get my … you know what .. out of the Advocate because I am a Dem. They could have easily poisoned me had I eaten their food and I certainly was not going to expose myself to that risk. I have my children to live for.

    The BLP wanted someone else to be editor of the Advocate. I never asked why the person in question did not get the job. I knew I was chosen on the basis of my professional track record, qualifications and vision. Systems Caribbean Ltd., after interviewing a short list, recommended me for the job. And, let me say this, without blowing my trumpet, the Advocate made a dramatic turn-around under my leadership. The record is there.

    I have a copy of a letter which Owen Arthur personally wrote to my chairman. I have kept it so that my grandchildren one day will see how this man tried to take bread out of my mouth. And I had done nothing wrong. He called my office one morning hopping mad. I told him I had just come in for the day and had neither pen nor paper in my hand to take notes of what he was saying. His letter, claiming I was disrespectful, said I told him I was taking no note of what he had to say. Different meaning!

    When all the crap was happening, I spoke to a certain well-connected BLP person and he told me they would have a problem with me because David Thompson is my friend. Imagine that? In fact, he even went as far as to tell me that I was on the phone in my office talking to David Thompson two days before, which was true. Talking to David Thompson was obviously a sin in the BLP’s books. Now, the person could have only found out this information from two sources: either the BLP had someone in the Advocate’s newsroom who was spying on me and reporting back to them or they had my telephone bugged.

    I will have more to say later and it will make uncomfortable reading or listening for Owen Arthur. I will relate an experience which convinced me beyond the shadow of a doubt that Barbadians had made a grave mistake in choosing Arthur as their leader. He should know what I am talking about if he remembers a certain phone call he made to the Advocate one day.

    The BLP is now demanding the justice they denied others. But they are getting a good deal. A well-known BLP person was recently appointed to a senior post at a statutory corporation which the BLP had refused to give that person. That would have never happened with a Dem under a BLP government. But I will say this: David Thompson is a gentleman – has always been. He has treated them all with decency and fairness which they did not show to Dems when they were in power.

    After I was forced to leave the Advocate, I could not find work in Barbados. I had to go overseas to earn a living to feed my children. I applied for a job at a government institution for which I was perfectly suited. I was invited to an interview but I was warned it was just a sham. My source told me that a certain person said I would never work in Barbados as long as the BLP was in power. I called up the HR person at the organization in question, told him to withdraw my name and keep the job because I didn’t need it as I had a better one overseas. A BLP yardfowl even saw me at a public event overseas and remarked, in front of everyone present, that the BLP had made a “refugee”. Incredible but true.

    My respect for David Thompson grew immensely during this period. You know why? He showed me his human side. He would call me quite regularly – not to discuss politics – but to enquire how I was doing. That meant a lot to me because you know who your real friends are, not when you are up, but when you are perceived as being down. This is the quality person who today is the prime minister of Barbados. It gave me great pleasure to work for him in the DLP election campaign in January as Communications Director and to have played a role in rescuing Barbados from the clutches of the BLP.

    I have told half of the story. The best is yet to come. You do not have to like me personally but, on the basis of what I have shared with you: Wasn’t I denied justice by the BLP? I am a citizen of Barbados – certain foreigners were treated better than some Barbadians by the BLP – and the Constitution of Barbados gives me the right of freedom of association. By associating with the DLP, I broke no law but the BLP government targetted me.

    But you see, the BLP always believes they are entitled to special treatment. Other people, however, can be treated like doormats. I wish them well, personally, but may they remain in the political wilderness for a long, long time to reflect on the evil things they have done and to repent for their sins. Perhaps the BLP was hoping I would have buckled and come to them on bended knee, like how some persons did, to beg them for a pick. If they were, they would have waited in vain. I would have preferred to die with my dignity than to debase myself by doing such.

    Further, I knew the God I serve would not have allowed it. God is good! God is great! I thank my greatgrandmother for my Christian upbringing. During those dark BLP days, it served me in good stead. It gave me the assurance that with patience this too would have passed, that the BLP would not be in power forever and that they would eventually fall in humiliation. Secondly, my Christian upbringing assured me of my ability to survive once I believed it was possible. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    I expect certain BLPites on this blog will respond in their usual nasty way by going into the gutter because they can never face the truth. The truth always hurts. Going down in the gutter is not for me. The gutter is home to centipedes, slugs, cockroaches and other types of vermin and I am not at their level. Others however are free to make that choice through their behaviour.

  39. sticks and stones June 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Updeting. Dont get it twisted .No need for you to insult people’s intelligence which your gauge as to how others should intrepret the article. the debate is anchored around fairness which has been denied by others seeking acceptance into the legal profession while a difference in acceptancr was applied to MIA being accepted

    • Updeting June 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      There are many ways to interpret the article, but not all are correct. Your interpretation surely falls into the latter. Can you point out the unfairness? The facts as set out in the article make clear that the Mottley meets the criteria.

  40. Lorenzo June 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Joan Worrell so after revisiting that long article what does it prove,certainly Mr Eversley has drifted away from you r party and is calling it now as he sees it.I told you already you are a brain dead Dem who would say or do anything to continue to feed at the trough but your time of judgement is around the corner.You all have no conscience.Mia Mottley,s law certificate is the lest of our worries at this time.

  41. Cavil Best June 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Just Observing and Lyerenzo it isn’t customary of me to respond to cowards who can’t list their names under their comments. I am not what you think I am. You are what you think I am! Have a great weekend and enjoy your Sabbath.

  42. Violet Beckles June 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    “According to Barbados’ Legal Profession Act, Appendix 2 of the second schedule relating to the qualification of a Barrister-at-law, section 2 states: “No person who has joined any of the Inns of the Court of the United Kingdom after the 31st December, 1984, shall be deemed to be qualified, by virtue of his having been called to the Bar of England, to practise law. Miss Mottley was admitted to the local Bar in 1987.

  43. joan Worrell June 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm


    My post addressed evil qualifications rather than legal qualifications. You are supporting evil because you don’t know any different. You are like a black belly sheep tied to a stake on an open pasture. Here is what the Bible has to say about evil ….. Quote
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
    Ends Quote.

    Let me here your response in sheep language “” BAAAA BBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA baaaaaaaaaa

  44. Greengiant June 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    @Lorenza: I don’t support the Democratic Labour Party or the Barbados Labour Party. I’ve made this very clear on several occasions, But it seems to me if you speak against the dees you’re a bee, and if you speak against the bees you’re a dee.

    I will always support what’s right, and speak what’s truthful whether it’s the making of Bees or Dees. Whatever I write does not delete the fact that both B L P and D L P have devalued our money, misrepresented the needs of the people, and created wealth for themselves and their inner circle only.

    Unfortunately for most Barbadians, where as i’m prepared to move on from supporting this type of political ideology to give a chance to a new group of credible managers. Some like you Lorenza are stuck with the parties who’s slate of candidates reminds me of walking into our ‘Halls of Justice ‘ on a week day. Both B L P and
    D L P have failed to run this country with success because they have produced candidates who have failed to run the judicial system efficiently. Now the judicial system is part of Barbados, if they can’t manage that how can they manage Barbados. I honestly have no time to waste engaging supporters of either party, because both of you are the same. As I said this morning one has brought locally controlled austerity, the other if elected will inflict internationally controlled austerity and blame it on the failings of this current lot. Remember the government spent much time blaming the mismanagement of the B L P as well. So you see my friend Lorenza you supporters have been cloned from the same source.

  45. joan Worrell June 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm


    I have made it abundantly clear that I have supported both BBBB and DDDD in the past when I cast a vote for Don Blackman, BLP and then Johnny Tudor, DLP. I don’t slavishly support any party. Both of them have disappointed me and I have not gone to a polling booth since 1992. I supported Minister Lowe for his views on same sex relationships and that brought out ire in one Lorenzo who seemingly is more BLP than the BLP leader. I criticized Donville Inniss for downplaying the seriousness of same sex relationships. I read a summary of the Budget speech made by the Minister of Finance and thought that it sets back Barbados by 10 years. However up to now I have not seen any response of the BLP which says that they have an alternative plan. Last week I saw a most insulting comment by one Marsha Caddle about the pit-toilet people of Hall’s Road. Being a product of the pit-toilet community of Barbados, I could not remain silent whether the comment was made by a DDDDD or a BBBBBBBB. Nothing I have written in these columns should lead anyone to conclude that I am a supporter of the DLP. I am so fed up with both parties that I might return to voting next year for the candidate of my choice from of one of the new parties. The person and the party will be weighed in the scales before I mark my ”x”.

  46. Greengiant June 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I’m very happy with your declaration Joan, I always knew you to be a strong, courageous and intelligent woman usually with an independent opinion. People like us should be candidates for the new parties though don’t you think? It’s time we step up to the plate, as we can be more than just an ‘X’.

    I never said you were a supporter of the DDDD, I said I hoped you were not supporting these. Since you have been absent from the polls since 1992 and I understand why, as me too has been discouraged by this two party choice of non performing management. We need to work hard on building the best alternative for our children. For sure though my dear your bearings are well lubricated and ready to work. Stay tuned in.

  47. Christopher Hewitt June 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    does this Subject help or make any diffrence with the crisis about to hit the island ?

    • Carson C Cadogan June 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      “A crisis”” was about to hit the island from 2008 according to you BLP people.

  48. Mark Adamson June 11, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Three things concerning this article:

    1) Under the Legal Profession Act 370 (the laws of the government of Barbados), it is the High Court of Barbados that is responsible for admission of lawyers to be officers of the Court, upon these lawyers’ applications to the said court, and upon their meeting certain legal requirements as are referred to within the said Act. So how is it being claimed by many people that Mottley does not have a certificate in legal education (a requirement), yet – were she to have long time ago been granted an exemption from the legal requirements (legal qualifications included) – which was possible in her case (S. 5 of the said Act) – the assumption must be that she still did not have a right to be admitted to the roll of practicing attorneys in Barbados. Hence in view of the truth that she may have been given an exemption it
    still did not mean she had a right to be admitted to the Bar. So, given that she has been long admitted to the bar the question ought be: why was Mottley given this privilege of having been admitted to the Bar without a legal certificate of education??

    2) Given that Mottley may have got an exemption, where was/is the evidence that she may have got this exemption from having the prescribed legal qualification and from whom??

    3) Given that Mottley may have been given such an exemption from due legal professional qualifications, why have not so many others been given the same privilege that Mottley may have been given??

  49. Carson C Cadogan June 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm


    It has been brought to my attention that she is not the only one.

    They are three others like her.

    ALL BLP people.

  50. Carson C Cadogan June 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing.

    Operating as a Lawyer without the necessary legal qualifications. And all crooked Barbados Labour Party members and supporters are calling for is for the matter to be swept under the carpet.

  51. Carson C Cadogan June 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

    if some one of the rank of The Hon. Dr. Dennis Lowe challenge your legal qualifications in the Parliament of all places in Barbados, would you not within an hour produce your LLB and LEC to shut him up as he did to her?

    Not come TWO YEARS LATER DISPLAYING O levels certificates.

    One would especially want to rubbish HIS CHALLENGE especially if one IS ALSO A QC.

    Is this why OWEN ARTHUR has been fighting for years for her not to become Leader of the Barbados Labour Party and possibly a PM in Barbados? He had to know this all along and the danger it poses to Jurisprudence in Barbados if this became known. We recall OWEN ARTHUR made Clyde Mascol “”CO-LEADER”” of the Barbados Labour Party.

  52. Buun June 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    The DLPs have a mental disease call EXCUSITIS!

  53. Fractured BLP June 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Mia Mottley does have an LLB or LEC

    This has been confirmed by her father.

    He says he begged Mia for years to get her legal qualifications in order – each time he raised the subject with her – she rudely retorted……that she only studying her ‘ girls ‘ right now.

    So there was nothing he could have done to convince her otherwise.

  54. Fractured BLP June 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Mia Mottley does NOT have a LLB or LEC


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