Still over 3,000 case backlog. Justice system collapsing.
Some cases finished, waiting 19 years for judgment!
Almost a year ago Barbados Chief Justice Marston Gibson warned that a massive backlog, missing case files and deliberate delaying tactics by unscrupulous profiteering lawyers were threatening the very foundations of our justice system.
Gibson blew away the pretences of the previous Chief Justice, Sir David Simmons – whose failed and putrid legacy as Attorney General and Chief Justice is exposed more and more with each new revelation.
If the system took on no new cases, it would take 18 years at the present rate of case completion to clear the backlog… but there are 1500 – 2000 new cases per year!
“So here we are almost a year later and Chief Justice Gibson reveals that the courts are still clogged with over 3,000 cases on backlog. Not a lick of progress in a year.”
Enquiring minds ask ‘How many new courts and new judges were added in the past year?’
But we know the answer: none.
Doesn’t the government get it? This is the very foundation of our country and of our offshore banking industry. If foreign money can’t depend upon our courts to be just and timely, it’s all over!
Chief Justice Marston Gibson could make it happen if he was given the budget… but the money is gone – long ago spent on cricket parties, celebrations and council handouts.
Oh well… the law, the courts and justice were never high on the agenda for either the BLP or the DLP governments.
If you need justice folks, don’t even think about the courts. Do what you can on your own.
And lest you think that’s bad advice, it’s the same you’ll receive from the Chief Justice, who tells Barbados “alternative dispute resolution (ADR) may be the only solution to this long-standing judicial ailment”
Alternative dispute resolution… otherwise known as private courts.
Please read the Nation article online here, but we have to print it all because the Bajan media sometimes removes articles to change history according to revised agendas…
It’s a must!
WITH a backlog of over 3 000 court cases, Chief Justice Marston Gibson believes that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) may be the only solution to this long-standing judicial ailment.
Delivering the feature address at the Barbados Workers’ Union 71st Annual Delegates Conference at Solidarity House yesterday, the Chief Justice stated that ADR was not a luxury but a necessity for the judicial system. He explained that ADR comprised a number of alternative dispute resolution modalities, including mediation and arbitration.
“It is a matter of survival for our system,” he stated.
Providing statistics of cases before the courts, he said there were between 1 700 and 2 000 new cases filed in the courts annually. In addition, there were 362 which were still undecided, some dating back to as far as 1993, and over 3 000 cases in the backlog.