Bar association threatens to remove Chief Justice Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The Bar Association of Belize met on Friday September 15 when it passed  a resolution that if the Chief Justice does not adhere to a timeline he set for passing judgments on 28 matters that are outstanding for  anywhere between 2 to 5 years, that they will ask for his resignation.

In the resolution that Bar states that “the Hon. Chief Justice’s failure to discharge his constitutional duty to afford litigants a fair hearing within a reasonable time, constitutes misbehavior in office.” They called on Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to comply with delivery of judgments which he has undertaken. If he refuses to deliver these judgments on the stated dates they request that the CJ resigns. And if he fails to do so they will move to file a complaint to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to have him removed on the grounds of misconduct.

According to the schedule provided by the Chief Justice, he has already begun to clear the backlog with the first judgment being handed down on September 18 two days after the Bar took their resolution. The next judgment is expected on Friday 22nd September. (see list attached)