Temp judges’ nationality ‘not an issue’
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