Courts and legal disputes are dangerous business in the Caribbean
submitted by Gary M. Further editing by Robert.
Folks who have lived all their lives in the UK or the USA do not understand what it means to be involved in a legal dispute or criminal trial in any Caribbean, Central or South American country. The reality is this: involvement with the courts can be dangerous business. Even minor disputes can produce threats, beatings or worse. That is generally not the way it is in the USA and UK, but in small island nations it is not unheard of for legal arguments to be put forward through cricket bats or Molotov cocktails in the dark of night.
And just because a person is in a legal dispute with the government is no guarantee of safety. Some say with good reason “Sue de guvment. Trouble for you!“
Where does this disrespect for law and the courts come from in the Caribbean?