Temp judges’ na­tion­al­ity ‘not an is­sue’

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BARBADIANS are cer­tainly the first choice for the three promised tem­po­rary judges for the High Court.

How­ever, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dale Mar­shall is ad­vis­ing that a per­son’s na­tion­al­ity is not go­ing to be an is­sue in any of the de­lib­er­a­tions.

“The fact is, there are em­i­nent ju­rists across the re­gion. I think we have to go back to the stage where we rec­ol­lect that Bar­ba­dian ju­rists have served all over the world,” he said, ad­dress­ing the me­dia yes­ter­day at the start of the le­gal year at Christ The King Angli­can Church in Rock Dundo, St Michael.

Mar­shall pointed out Bar­ba­dian jus­tices had served in Africa, and all across the Caribbean, and con­tin­ued to do so.

“I per­son­ally like the idea of the cross-fer­til­i­sa­tion of ju­di­cial think­ing. I think we are in a place where we don’t need to throw out bar­ri­ers. Our cur­rent Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame San­dra Ma­son left Bar­ba­dos as Regis­trar of the Supreme Court, and went to work as a judge in the OECS (Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Eastern Caribbean States) for sev­eral years,” he said. How­ever, he made it known that the in­di­vid­u­als ap­proached to serve as tem­po­rary judges were all Barbadians.

“Ob­vi­ously there are ad­van­tages to that be­cause peo­ple would be com­ing home, but our cri­te­ria really are less na­tion­al­ity and more abil­ity to help with our cur­rent Bench to wres­tle the is­sue of back­log on the ground,” he said.

While the ap­point­ments were to be made on Septem­ber 1, that move has since been delayed to next year, as Mar­shall cited ju­di­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on their part.

CHIEF JUS­TICE Sir Marston Gib­son in­spect­ing the guard of hon­our while As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Sylvester Louis Christine Stan­ford and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dale Mar­shall fol­low. pa­rade com­man­der Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent

CHIEF JUS­TICE Sir Marston Gib­son with At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dale Mar­shall. in con­ver­sa­tion

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