Submitted by email. Author’s name withheld by editor
We are a society where the lawyers are a law unto themselves and people have had to suffer because of the practices of a fraternity. The court process in Barbados is flawed with people who have no interest in justice. The ego of these who think they have lives hanging in the balance is huge. For the past X years I’ve been going through a divorce and have had to go to many lawyers, each one worse than the last.
The thing is they don’t take kindly to you knowing what you are about and asking for what you want, because of ego. They went to law school, you didn’t so you must shut up and let them speak, even though it is your life. I have had the pleasure of files going missing in the registry on court day when the Judge would need it. I have had lawyers withholding my file because they feel as if they should do so out of spite.
Only in Barbados would you have lawyers who don’t do what you pay them for, having the practice of holding on to files saying you have money for them, when they haven’t done what they were hired for in the first place. Going to the BAR association for any of them would just put you off with the time it takes sometimes.
Female lawyers are the worst for being spiteful, in my case I have been to four and they would say I’m being difficult just because I have a child who I think that based on the law, have every right to be given every chance in life. I’ve been just about everywhere I talked to everyone from those who were in power to who are in power now. You get no help with the way the legal system is here and it’s sad when the injustice hurts the children in family court situations. The thing is across the the board we have to take note and pay attention to the way we are doing things in this country.
I’m not one to stay quiet and I’m not one to give up and I’m trying to get a male lawyer to represent me for they have made it had for anyone to represent themselves. The law says you can represent yourself but when you go to get court dates they wouldn’t even listen to you because lawyers must make money so you have to get one to get a date for you. What freedom do we have in this place when we are liked caged birds in this land, having to wait for lawyers to feed us shit. Look into the legal system here that cares about no one but is only there to make sure lawyers get fat. Hear the stories of the women and children who have had to suffer because of the injustices of the law. Find out how long some very simple cases have dragged on for years or got no where because of the who-you-know in this country. This place for a country is just sad.