Maria’s misfortune

If the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) thinks it has heard the last from its former Christ Church West representative Dr Maria Agard, it may have another thing coming.

Mere hours after the High Court today threw out her legal challenge to her November 22, 2015 expulsion from the Opposition party on the grounds that it was improperly filed, Agard today said she was not ruling out the possibility of refiling the case.

The case brought by Dr Maria Agard (right) was struck out today on account of procedural errors to do with the manner in which it was filed by her legal team, led by Hal Gollop, QC (left).

However, she said her final decision on whether to sue the Mia Mottley-led BLP all over again, would be made in conjunction with her family and her attorneys.

Agard, who was noticeably absent from the High Court today when Justice Olson Alleyne delivered his ruling, made her position known in a three-page press release issued by attorney-at-law Lynette Eastmond, who has been assisting Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop in fighting her case.

In his 50-page judgment, Alleyne, while dismissing the lawsuit, left the door open for it to be refiled.

“Dr Agard is still of a strong conviction that a severe and willful injustice was meted out to her by the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party. In the circumstances, she would take into account the option handed to her by the learned High Court Justice, take advice from her counsel, as well as discuss the matter with her family before making any decision on the future of this matter,” the press release said, while expressing concern about how difficult it is for working class people in Barbados “to pursue matters of natural justice in Barbados because of the costs attached to such proceedings.

Agard, a dentist by profession, and who currently sits as an independent in the House of Assembly, further suggested that “a just society should devise means of lowering these costs so access to justice would not be a privilege, but a right, especially with regard to addressing the grievous acts of abuse by figures in authority”.

In his ruling, Justice Alleyne ordered Agard to pay yet-to-be-determined costs to the attorneys representing BLP Chairman Mia Mottley and General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott, the two defendants named in the suit.

The judge was particularly harsh in his criticisms of the way in which the Gollop-led legal team had filed their client’s claim, pointing out that it was lodged against the wrong people, on the wrong fix date claim form (FDCF) and in the wrong way.

“In considering this matter, I have taken account also that the claimant has had a second bite at the proverbial cherry. She filed an amended FDCF, albeit without leave. I have heard no submissions on it, but the record speaks for itself. That document was filed to remedy admitted defects in the FDCF. However, as counsel for the defendants submitted, it maintains many of the flaws that characterized the original document,” the presiding judge found.

“It remains the wrong mode of commencement; it does not set out a short description of the nature of the claim; it does not state in its body, the capacity in which the defendants are sued; it contains the same internal headings that are apt to confuse; and it reproduces an incoherent paragraph already the subject of complaint.

“Additionally, it invites unguided references to the claimant’s affidavit for some of its intended contents,” the judge stated.

He further suggested that his ruling to strike out Agard’s claim was more efficient than the “untidy” alternative of having her make a major overhaul of the relevant claim document, which contained substantial breaches and would require substantial amendments.

Alleyne also warned that had he gone the latter route, it would have done nothing to discourage sloppiness or encourage careful adherence to the Court Procedural Rules (CPR).

However, Agard, who has been replaced by fellow dentist Dr William Duguid as the BLP’s Christ Church West representative, may still seek to have her day in court, with the question of whether her expulsion from the BLP was in breach of natural justice yet unanswered.

In this regard, her press release today specifically pointed to Page 49 of the judgment, which said:

“Striking out the claim would not deprive the claimant of her access to the court or bestow any windfall on the defendants. The claimant may make a fresh start with these procedural flaws behind her.”

In the meantime, Mottley, who along with Dr Walcott was in court today, told reporters on the steps of the High Court complex that the BLP was happy that the two-year-old matter had come to an end.

“We have contended all along that we treated Dr Agard fairly and that the action  . . . was always wrong . . . that she was suing the wrong party, in the wrong way, with the wrong document, with the wrong cause of action. The court has in fact held that this morning and described the claim form as a catalogue of errors, no less than seven,” Mottley said, while describing the matter as an unfortunate series of events.

Insisting she was glad it was now behind her, the BLP leader said it was never about who was going to be the candidate in Christ Church West since that was settled 18 months ago.

“This was simply about the membership of the Barbados Labour Party because Dr Agard never applied for a stay while this matter was being heard. So the most that could have come from this was damages.

“In any event, all that is left for us is to stay focused on what lies before the country. There is too much before Barbados now for us to be distracted,” Mottley added.

Commenting on today’s development, political scientist and pollster Peter Wickham said he never expected Agard to win the case, while contending that she could not force an organization to keep her as a member.

Wickham suggested that if she wanted to pursue a career in politics, she should go to the people on her own or join the United Progressive Party (UPP), which, incidentally, is led by Lynette Eastmond.

“She should [finish] with this court thing. It isn’t doing anything for her,” the political scientist suggested.

Mottley was represented in the case by Queen’s Counsel Leslie Haynes in association with Leslie Roberts, while Roger Forde, QC, in association with Michelle Shepherd, appeared for Dr Walcott.   

Gollop, in association with Eastmond and Kara-Je Kellman, represented Agard.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

88 Responses to Maria’s misfortune

  1. Pat Clarke December 30, 2017 at 1:52 am

    If Miss Agard thinks that she is going to disrupt the Barbados Labour Party’s focus on the upcoming election she better think again. Nothing will prevent the BLP from winning the next election. I think she should either join another party or just get out of politics all together.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine December 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

      And what will they do when they get into power? The shame shyte that cause them to get put out twice and allow these bunch of goats to ruin the country. What will Mottley do with the likes of hungry money starve clowns like Payne, Murray, and several other pretenders? Back and forth between two halves of one bad has not changed anything over the years. Vote Solutions Party.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine December 31, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Its people like you with partisan blind loyalty to a party that refuses to see tyranny for what it is. If your beloved BLP party is all of this and that, you should tell them to show us how much transparency and accountability is going to become part of their governance instead of the usual controversy and corruption. Maria Agard is far more decent than most in the BLP party, and to have her case go down this road by an idiot for a lawyer is a dreadful shame.

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  2. luther thorne December 30, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Such a sweet Lady !
    Sorry things did not work out for her
    Why she and the Branch fall out though ?
    Maybe she did not participate in the usual game of mendicancy
    She refused
    Generally What seems to be emerging slowly is that some persons involved in Politics recognize there is need for a different kind of politics where constituents who are looking for handouts will be ignored. This is new and sacrifices will have to be made before it changes significantly . However, with the participation of more WOMEN, the nonsense will eventually stop. Women do things different. Significant change will come with women in significant numbers. Women are very matter of fact and straight in dealing with matters of business and the execution of their duties.

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  3. Tony Webster December 30, 2017 at 4:29 am

    They don’t call it the rough and tumble game for nuthin’.
    Part art; part artifice; part science; part scheming; part scoundrelism; part glory; part gory; part gain; and part pain.

    Pay de lawyer please, ’cause ‘e got to eat. Yes, plenty.

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    • Don Keyote December 30, 2017 at 6:04 am

      There is enough clear evidence of incompetence in the legal presentation of the Agard case, as cited in the judge’s tongue lashing of her team to make your head spin. The “learned” QC should be made to publicly apologize to his client and return every single cent he was paid, with interest. Further, he should be made to pay the legal costs of the defense attorneys, as the basic procedural errors, which should not be committed even by a first year law student were in no way attributable to the claimant. Now, that would be justice. All lawyers should be embarrassed by this egregious fiasco of legal representation.

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  4. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards December 30, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Just a waste of time now…..smh

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  5. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard December 30, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Time to move on

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  6. Maville Giddings
    Maville Giddings December 30, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Hospital need help put some of ur cash there

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  7. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman December 30, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Hmmm he was her lawyer and expect to win

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  8. Carlitha Andrews
    Carlitha Andrews December 30, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Question don’t u hire an attorney to advised u on what to do just asking

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  9. Jeffrey Quimby
    Jeffrey Quimby December 30, 2017 at 6:54 am

    All of the taxes that this DLP government put on us you voted with them so bye bye have a good life go your way you could have had a safe seat but now u will be a ues to be

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  10. hcalndre December 30, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Lynette Eastmond a loser and an attorney also, Gallop an incompetent lawyer who has lost the finger printing case to Comissiong and then said that the law was not legislated, did he not knew that all along? next the Hyatt hotel to Comissiong again where he represented another the PM an incompetent lawyer himself and now look what he did to the dentist politician. I read that he is really a carpenter by trade so I`m not surprised.

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    • harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 8:03 am

      ..even then he hammering the nails from de wrong end…that is why nutten in going through…he he he !!

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  11. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke December 30, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Maria you need to go after the attorney who advised you, they made you look bad. Look put that behind you and move on.

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  12. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett December 30, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Hall blindsided Maria…poor thing

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight December 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      What about Lynette Eastmond? She was one of the lawyers too. Cannot win a seat and lose a case!

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    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett December 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      All right then

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  13. harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Gollop is a LAWYER right ? wonder if she is going to retain him to refile the case ? wonder too whose costs is she complaining about ?

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  14. harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Mr. Gollop you were told that it was done wrong the first occasion,you made some corrections and it was still done wrong even a LAWYER without a LEGAL CERTIFICATE ( was not REQUIRED THEN ) told you so .but but but but… Gollop wha happened dey?

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  15. jennifer December 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Commie boy, you on a clear win. Trouble free case hun.

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  16. Sue Donym December 30, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Wow! Sounds like there is enough here for a book on how to not win a case. This will probably end up as a case study for law students. Is this the same attorney that continues his call for closer scrutiny of who is qualified to practise law in Barbados? If I were a client, I’d be a little uneasy.

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    • Sue Donym December 30, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Oh well… caveat emptor.

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      • David Brathwaite December 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

        Caveat emptor, indeed! I like.

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        • Sue Donym December 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm

          I appreciate your comment @DB

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    • hcalndre December 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Hello Sue; you are right on the ball, I remember when he was called on CBC to explain what it takes to be a qualified attorney, I wonder if he is representing that person on their upcoming law suit. He has lost his last 4 cases.

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      • Sue Donym December 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        Thanks, @hcaindre. A free lesson in quality vs quantity. LOL.

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  17. harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Agard ,you shoulda stick to pulling teet.
    You hired a Lawyer and now complaining about Lawyer fees ? were you not told that in case you were to lose that you would also have to pay yet-to-be-determined costs to the attorneys representing BLP Chairman Mia Mottley and General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott, the two defendants named in the suit.
    The judge was particularly harsh in his criticisms of the way in which the Gollop-led legal team had filed their client’s claim, pointing out that it was lodged against the wrong people, on the wrong fix date claim form (FDCF) and in the wrong way…WHA ?…what de RH I hearing doa ? ya mean Eastmond and Kara-Je Kellman din spot dat to ?
    He further suggested that his ruling to strike out Agard’s claim was more efficient than the “untidy” alternative of having her make a major overhaul of the relevant claim document, which contained substantial breaches and would require substantial amendments

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  18. Alex Alleyne December 30, 2017 at 7:31 am

    “She sued the wrong parties”. What was HAL thinking.

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    • The Truth December 30, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Where is Carson Cadogan? When this story first broke he had a lot to say. Now where is he?
      Maria should join the UPP and take her chances at retaining the seat. Otherwise just die a quick political death.

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      • hcalndre December 30, 2017 at 1:55 pm

        The Truth; Carson knows when to crawl from under the rock.

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  19. Laverne Clarke
    Laverne Clarke December 30, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Stupse!!!

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  20. harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Dr.Maria Agard ,I want you to REFILE the case.I want to see who you have chosen to represent you this time around….I speaking fa ALL the malicious Bajans
    All wunna DEM yard fowls and paling cocks ..what wunna got to say now ? wunna did lined up to leggo a broad side attack on MIA..wha wunna got to say now ?
    A Lawyer about to enter Law School in pursuance of a Legal Certificate in 2017 would have said that it was filed against the WRONG PARTIES.
    “We have contended all along that we treated Dr Agard fairly and that the action . . . was always wrong . . . that she was suing the wrong party, in the wrong way, with the wrong document, with the wrong cause of action. The court has in fact held that this morning and described the claim form as a catalogue of errors, no less than seven,” Mottley said, while describing the matter as an unfortunate series of events.

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  21. Puppa Weekes December 30, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Just a weird question, are we absolutely sure that Mr Gollop is not working covertly for the BLP?

    It is difficult for me to imagine so many missteps by someone who is reported to be the Prime Minister’s friend.

    So I am keeping my eyes on this one, just in case I noticed any special treatment being meted out to the honourable attorney by the next ruling party.

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    • MARIA Holder December 30, 2017 at 11:18 am

      The Hal Gollop that I know as a teacher and even when he first joined the legal profession was closely linked to the BLP and specifically George Griffith – I remember him supporting George when he was a political candidate.

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  22. Bajan USA December 30, 2017 at 8:07 am

    If good looks could win elections she would win hands down.
    My dear sister. Its time to move on. All is not lost. You still have your career. Do like the others did. Leave Barbados and live overseas for a few years. married a nice looking rich fellow and maybe start a family. The possibility are endless. I wish you all the best.

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  23. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon December 30, 2017 at 8:09 am

    When attorneys commit ” procedural errors” should they be paid?

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  24. harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Mr.Gollop weren’t you one of those that challenged MIA to produce a Legal Certificate and that she should NOT be practicing Law ? since you ARE a LAWYER why don’t you don that shirt that says I AM A LAWYER and walk down Broad Street …ya doan have to put on your name cause every body knows you….he he he !!
    Those 7 ERRORS that MIA pointed out to you which you CORRECTED but still got WRONG shows the Public who should indeed NOT be practicing Law….you in SHAME ? even some a DEM in de House laughing at you….ya got people laughing at Combermerians too…some of them are saying that ya shoulda stick at trying to bowl fast like those days at Cawmere.
    Mr.Gollop,even NINJA MAN who always in Court coulda tell you dat you did suing the wrong people ( parties )

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  25. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 30, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Joke people.

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  26. harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Carson C Cadogan as the LEADER of the DEM yard fowls and paling cocks on this blog you need to stop LAUGHING and come out of the comforts of the woodwork and say something or you too shame ? ha ha haaa !!

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  27. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 8:58 am

    MARIA!!!! U SHOULD HAVE ASK HAL IF E PAY E BAR FEES, SOMETIME AGO THE CJ REFUSE TO HEAR HIM, OVER THE SAME ISSUE….HE GOOD UGLY FRIEND JIGGS PUT SOME GOOD DOUGH IN E POCKET……………………..

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  28. Breadfruit. December 30, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Maria join UPP, upstage Lynette, keep she as your deputy = UPP replace DLP as 2nd most important party and ready to make a push in the election after the upcoming elections.

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  29. jrsmith December 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

    How could you take anything serious in Barbados , everything is going down the sewer……………..

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  30. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe December 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

    It’s all about you … crazy chick

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  31. Steve Rock
    Steve Rock December 30, 2017 at 10:48 am

    My dear sister. Maybe its time for a timeout from Barbados.other’s did it. You are a bright woman with a bright future ahead of you. Doing things like going back to dental school to learn new techniques in your field. Or even advance studies in international politics. I wish you the very best.

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  32. Mack December 30, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I am wondering if her attorney will have the decency to give her back her fees.
    He has done nothing for her other than to mislead, humiliate and take her money for very poor repersentation.

    Be careful who you hire.!!!!!!

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    • hcalndre December 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Mack; can you go to the internet and read about these lawyers of Barbados?

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    • harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Not the Gollop that I know. He might want some a dat money to buy pudding and souse from the souse factory in St.john when de sarda come.

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  33. Mack December 30, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I understand this Attorney teaches law. I would not want to be in his class. Even a fireside lawyer could have done better.!!!!!!!

    Slims who used to be Tom Adams personal assistant would have done better.!!!

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  34. Ernesta Catlyn December 30, 2017 at 11:23 am

    But Hal, a few weeks ago lost a case before he filed the appeal within the wrong time line. Don’t remember all the details but it was a bank case. I hope he at least did not charge the client.

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    • hcalndre December 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Ernesta Catlyn; Hal lost the finger printing case, the Hyatt, this one and I`m not sure if he was one of the attorneys in the Jamaican lady`s case. He should go back to wood carving as some one said.

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  35. Mack December 30, 2017 at 11:24 am

    So many learned People in Barbados. Not too many can get anything done right. whether it is the sewage problem, the water problem, the pot holes problem or the financial problems.

    I think we should shut down the Universety and save some money. Before we had all these educated people in Barbados seventh standard people were running thing very well. we were solving our problems and living well.!!!

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  36. Mack December 30, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Higher education is not working out for us.!!!!

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  37. Carson C. Cadogan December 30, 2017 at 11:48 am

    But something wrong here.

    It took the high Court 2 years to realise that a lawsuit was filed wrong???

    And then we wonder why the CCJ is always hammering the Judicial system of Barbados in particular.

    The case needs to go the CCJ. The Jokers around here dont seem to know what they are doing.

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    • harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      …but Carson C Cadogan,everybody got to wait their turn…. think that they ONLY got Hal Gollop to deal wid ?
      I would ask this question ” why after 2 years those three blind mice didn’t realized that EVERYTHING they did was DEAD WRONG ? like you did want to expose the three blind mice ever since.
      The High Court gave them 2 years to correct their MISTAKES ,but Gollop was more interested in MIAs legal certificate than Agards case…she should now turn round and sue he RH for NEGLECT.
      The present Government should be taken to the CCJ .You are correct….the jokers around here dont seem to know what they are doing.

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  38. Carson C. Cadogan December 30, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Can anyone tell me why we pay Judges in Barbados at all??

    SLOTH seems to be the watch word withIN the Judiciary in Barbados. This is something that should have been spotted within 24 to 48 hours by any Judicial system worth its salt. This is something basic.

    And if it took 2 years for them to come to this conclusion how can we sure that it is correct????

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    • David Brathwaite December 30, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      But Carson, your beloved PM ain’t just say that the CCJ slandering Barbados over this same issue of “judicial sloth”?

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    • hcalndre December 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      @ Carson C Cadogan; Two years! they are cases pending 7 or more so 2 years are not long by Barbados court standards, that`s all you have to say? hmm.

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    • harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Carson C Cadogan…who is Hal Gollop ? like you did want he get EMBARRASSED EVER SINCE.
      Murderers and drug cases does be in the system YEARS BEFORE they are called and you telling me a Hal Gollop case is more important than a Murder or a drug case?
      ….and we in got to wait 5 years fa wunna to get kick out.It taking wunna five years to come to the conclusion that BAJANS doan want wunna na mo.

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    • harry turnover December 31, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      …and why Gollop din spot those SEVEN ERRORS within 24 to 48 hrs.?
      That is something any Lawyer worth his salt should have spotted and why didn’t the CJ who was appointed by YOUR BOSS din tell Gollop and the other two clowns that they were filing a lot a SH8
      …..and why after two years they still din spot them ?
      Your words…”.Can anyone tell me why we pay Judges in Barbados at all??….ask YOUR PRIME MINISTER…he appointed the CHIEF of them

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  39. Kevin December 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    This is why Owen said he left the BLP. The same thing the BLP did to Agard, they wanted to do to him.

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  40. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer December 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    All she needs to do us leave Mia alone because she us fighting a losing battle. She got to be envious of Mia. That’s how I see it. She needs to simmer down and relax. Chill out. Get over Mia! Don’t let Mia be your cancer to eat you out. Move on to the UPP if you are not happy in the party. They will not refuse you. If your friends cannot give you sound advise, they are your frenamies. My dear open your eyes and see unless you are blind in one eye and can’t see out if the other. It is time to see pass Mia because she is moving on with All Aboard.

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  41. archy perch December 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm

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    December 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    Mia told: Watch your step. An article penned by Tim Slinger in the Sunday Sun November 8th 2015. Don’t overstep your boundaries. This is the caution to Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley from St. Andrew MP, George Payne as he commeneted on the controversy surrounding Christ Church West Mwmber of Parliament, Dr. Maria Agard. That’s how the article reads.
    Payne has warned Mottley to avoid violating the BLP’s constitution in her handling of the Agard issue, which has left the party in turmoil in recent weeks.
    He also accused the BLP leader of being disrespectful and discourteous to Agard, St.Michael North MP Ronald Toppin and himself by unilaterally cancelling last Wednesday’s meeting without notice to any of them.
    Another headline dated Tuesday November 24th, 2015. Payne Cries Foul. BLP veteran shocked by unfair expulsion of Agard.
    Written by Donna Sealy. Veteran Opposition MP George Payne has blasted the decision to expel colleague Dr. Maria Agard from the BLP as unfair, saying it has left him somewhat shocked and feeling like he was dreaming.
    I tell you Mia, watch Georgeie Porgie he and the others mentioned above pulled the rug from under your dress before, the are going to do it again, never mind the smiles and the hugs Mia. George wants to be Prime Minister too. Watch your back.

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  42. Adrian Hinds December 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    So he dismissed the case and awards payment to Mia’s Lawyers at Maria’s expense over a procedural issue that he claims he is using to send a message to others to not so do. In other words Peter paying fuh Paul – and this is justice? The reason given for this ruling could be had anywhere, in any banana republic by any two bit tribal chief let alone a so called learned fellow in the pretincts of a building fashioned to look like a serous place of justice for all.

    Rumour has it that this Olsen Alleyne fellow, in 2013 was practicing law while on the bench.

    I no longer wonder why “respect for institutions in Barbados” is in a downward spiral. The tale of two Barbadoses continues unabaited.

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    • ebaje December 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      You are too duncey. If a plaintiff brings a case and it is thrown out, it means they have lost. Therefore the defendant’s lawyers must be paid by the loser.

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    • harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      The GOVERNMENT was in power since 2008 .You getting on as though ALL cases in Court SHOULD go against the OPPOSITION and ALL known DLP LAWYERS should win their cases
      “I no longer wonder why “respect for institutions in Barbados” is in a downward spiral. The tale of two Barbadoses continues unabaited.”……and did you come to this conclusion after 2008 ? and who should be at the forefront in ensuring that there is only one BARBADOS ? and if the DLP came and found TWO BARBADOSES in 2008,this is 2017 who is letting it go UNABAITED ?
      Adrian Hinds ,you sound like a well read man,….that don’t understand a word of what you read.Looks as though you take delight in reading through full stops and question marks and the like cause ya garbling upper 3.

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    • Sue Donym December 30, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      You should know @Adrian Hinds, that awarding of costs is always an option available to judges and for several reasons.
      In this case it seems that the errors were so obvious and so many, that it amounted to the case itself open to being considered frivolous. A judge must decide about intent, and about use of court’s time. Sometimes threat of lengthy litigation is used to force a settlement when the litigation itself has little merit. Examples abound in the superpower republics. The ruling exposed serious inefficiency on Dr Agard’s team.

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  43. Adrian Hinds December 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    The outcome of this case is more about “relationships” than the law or court procedures, and those relationships took priority over said law and procedures. This is Barbados; nothing new nothing unbias – who you are and who you know, still matters much in our “Fools Paradise.”

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    • harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      …and where did you obtain your legal certificates ? something tells me that you are the one living in the Fools Paradise cause everything you write there is a DIRECT connection with what you write and the mess on the South Coast.

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  44. Carson C. Cadogan December 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Most of you here are talking a lot of foolishness.

    Legal proceeding for the former Central Bank Gov. didnt go well for him and he was using a BLP Lawyer.

    The Father of MIA AMOR MOTTLEY represented the former Commissioner of Police and he didnt get things to go his way either.

    Chefette lost their case at the Court of Appeal.

    And on and on.

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    • hcalndre December 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      @Carson C Cadogan; what you have now said makes no sense to compare them with what Gollop took to court. In you, I can see who the DLP supporters are.

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  45. Adrian Hinds December 30, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    ….yet we must continue to “seek justice” whenever the need arises. We must continue to do so inspite of “relationships” that seek to deny us said justice, we must do so inspite of the deterrence of cost, and we must do so inspite of the deterrence of needless and deliberate complexity in the procedural process. We must continue to flood the courts no matter the road blocks. One day we will overcome.

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  46. Adrian Hinds December 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    @ Carson C. Cadogan
    The case needs to go the CCJ. The Jokers around here dont seem to know what they are doing.

    I agree with the first sentence. The second one – I believe they do know what they are doing. These deeds are done base on relationships.

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  47. jrsmith December 30, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    At what costs or from which foreign parts , we are going to import the right people to manage Barbados LTD……….

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  48. jrsmith December 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Just line up everything behind the sewage problem and its all summed up, where we are after 51 years of (Independence) (Dependency)…………………

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  49. Belfast December 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Gollop the man who the PM pumps millions of dollars to for representing the Government at times. Two of a feather

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  50. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace December 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Hal Gollop and Lynette Eastmond should hang their heads in shame,how could two experienced lawyers make such a legal blunder and now that Miss Agard has lost the case she now has to pay the 4 lawyers who represented the BLP and the 2 clowns who represented her. SHAMEFUL.

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  51. Roger Butcher
    Roger Butcher December 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Hope the whole of Barbados can read between the lines. Pls pay close attention to the names of Maria Agard’s lawyers. And always remember how Mia treat another fellow female in her party

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  52. David Brathwaite December 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    They led her down s#it street and now she has to fork out the cash.

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  53. Harry December 31, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Hal is a pompous hot air balloon, his LEC is “lose every case”

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  54. Lorenzo December 31, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Adrian Hinds as usual as an Election looms you return to these Blogs to try to influence people to vote for your beloved DLP,like you did in 2008 and 2013 and then disappear to your lifestyle of comfort in the USA,while the rest of us have to suffer the consequences here.What part of the judgement you cannot understand?Mr Gollop who has questioned Ms motley,s right to practise law in Barbados has fouled up big time and as a result Ms Agard now has to pay cost to Ms Mottley,s lawyers a regular occurrence in court.What has family connections etc got to do with it?Deal with the facts and stop looking for excuses and red herrings,the case was badly presented full stop

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  55. Sam Clarke December 31, 2017 at 9:17 am

    This is the second court decision, that has shown how incompetent Hal Gollop is as a Lawyer. On each occasion, he either filed late or did not know the statue.
    But of course this will not surprise many of you, as to the legal profession in Bim, because they are stories upon stories of many of them and incompetence,fraud, and other malfeasance that go one with impunity.

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  56. Mackar December 31, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Attorney!!! Please give the fees back to this client. You have done nothing for her. It would be the right thing to do. Even a lawyer without a Legal Certificate would have done better.

    Client leave the polatics out and stick to your medical thing. you are needed in this area. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!!!!!!

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  57. Cheryl Alleyne
    Cheryl Alleyne December 31, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Miss Mia winning her legal battles one after the other making her accusers look dumb ,will she win the biggest battle of all?

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  58. Fern Collymore
    Fern Collymore December 31, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    well said Janette Reiter..totally agree!!!!!

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  59. harry turnover December 31, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Carson C Cadogan wants Hal Gollop to take it to the CCJ…but I doubt he gine risk another embarrassment.
    Suppose they say that it took the people in Barbados TOO LONG to find out about the Lawyer Hal Gollop.
    Mia should take this DLP Government to the CCJ next year .

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  60. harry turnover December 31, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Carson C Cadogan….”Can anyone tell me why we pay Judges in Barbados at all ” ??….but it is rumored that Hal Gollop might be appointed a Judge soon by your Administration…so you won’t pay he no money then if you had your way?

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  61. BIG SKY December 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Who does tell you buy a big mouth horse, don’t help you feed it.Maria listened to all of the whispers and ended up with nothing.Every organization has rules and regulations to follow,you are not a law unto yourself.

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