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Aug 25, 2014

Supreme Court Rules on a Sitting Judge

Samuel Awich

In the Supreme Court, a major decision has been delivered about a sitting justice. Justice Courtney Abel handed down a decision last Friday on two claims: claim eighty three of 2013 filed by Dean Boyce and claim eighty five of 2013 filed by British Caribbean Bank Limited and Lord Michael Ashcroft. The claims challenged the legality of a decision by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to not refer to the Belize Advisory Council a complaint, lodged in July 2012. The claimants sought the removal from the Court of Appeal, of Justice Samuel Awich, for misbehavior and/or inability to perform the functions of the office.

 

Magali Marin Young, Attorney

Magali Marin Young

“The complaint was a compliant in relation to his elevation by the Prime Minister to the position of a Court of Appeal Judge. And the complaint alleged that Mister Awich’s behavior—while he was in the Supreme Court—was behavior that could be described…in terms of his delay in delivery of judgment and in his conduct of cases involving these two parties constituted misbehavior and showed inability for him to sit as a Supreme Court judge and even more so as a Court of Appeal judge. That complaint unfortunately was not referred by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to the Belize Advisory Council. The Judicial and Legal Services Commission with the Bar Association in the minority decided not to refer it because it found that the behavior of Mister Justice Awich, while he was a Supreme Court judge was not in fact relevant to the removal process in relation to his position as a Court of Appeal judge and they found that the complaint was premature. Well the court today, found that the Judicial and Legal Services Commission erred; that in fact, Mister Justice Awich’s behavior, before he was elevated to the Court of Appeal, his behavior while he was a Supreme Court judge, is very much relevant to any removal process pursuant to section 102 of the Belize Constitution. And it also found that the behavior complained of was serious enough to warrant the Judicial and Legal Services Commission referring the matter to the Belize Advisory Council.”

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1 Response for “Supreme Court Rules on a Sitting Judge”

  1. Rod says:

    This judge like all others in this gov. Are not qualified to be judges because of all their corruption and stupid judgement a murderer gets off a man stealing a piece of cheese to feed his family gets 7 years in prison a rapist and a wife beater get off while a man who stole a coca cola gets 10 yrs in prison does anyone else in this country see the injustice the plain old stupidity of the judgements being made by these token judges.what a sick country we have become. Guan judas guannnnn.

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