Two lawyers declared on public radio today [12/09/2015] that the judicial system is a mess. While it is easy to dismiss the view of Gregory Nicholls, a light weight member of the legal fraternity, his colleague Andrew Pilgrim was quick to concur to give heft to the problem.
Bear in mind Pilgrim is a ‘big mout’’ lawyer and former president of the Bar Association (BA).
BU finds the admission by the two lawyers interesting. It has been four years since Marston Gibson was appointed Chief Justice of Barbados and there has been no discernible improvement in the delivery of justice. Many will argue that it has deteriorated. BU supported his controversial appointment because we had hoped someone from outside the inner circle would have served to breath live into the system. We were wrong!
At the time of Gibson’s appointment there was stout defence by members of the local legal fraternity and some commenters who opined BU was being alarmist. BU’s perspective on the state of the judiciary is well documented in Tales from the Courts and does not require a rehash.
The BA, the Chief Justice, a new government have all FAILED to cure the ills of the judiciary. We can expect to suffer the outcomes.