Barbados CJ has plan for court backlog

(Barbados Nation) Barbados’ judicial system is clogged with almost 3 000 unfinished cases.

But not only is it slowing the wheels of justice, it could be costing Barbados millions of dollars in the international business sector as well.

Chief Justice Marston Gibson says he knows the way out, but that attorneys at law might resist, because it could cut into their profits.
Gibson made these revelations, and also provided possible solutions Friday night, while delivering the eighth annual Fair Trading Commission Lecture at Accra Beach Hotel.

Gibson, who only took up the post of Chief Justice last September, ordered an audit of the judicial system upon entering office, and the results were startling.

For 2012, 424 new actions had been brought before the courts, but there were still almost 2 000 active filings in the High Court to be heard, adding to a “few thousand more” that made up the current backlog either because of attorneys passing away or even being promoted
to higher office.

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