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Feb 21, 2017

Denys Barrow – Who Is Like Unto Him?

Denys Barrow

Senior Counsel Denys Barrow is the first Belizean to ascend to the bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the judicial institution of CARICOM.  Since its establishment in 2001, the CCJ has seen a number of judges from across the region being called to the bench.  In March 2015, Belize replaced the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the CCJ which has presided over several matters of national interest.  The appointment of the esteemed attorney, according to his brother, the Prime Minister, is a significant accomplishment for the country and brings to an end the sixteen-year drought.  We asked him for a reaction to the recent announcement.


Isani Cayetano

“The appointment of your brother as a judge on the bench for the Caribbean Court of Justice; can you share with us your thoughts on that?”


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I always said he was the best lawyer in Belize and so I am very happy for him that his merit, his talent, his absolute brilliance which has been longstanding has now been rewarded.  So it’s a tremendous achievement for him.  It’s also a tremendous achievement for Belize.  Quite frankly I was beginning to get worried.  We are one of the earlier and still one of the few joiners of the court insofar as the final, its appellate jurisdiction, its replacement of the Privy Council in non-treaty matters, in other matters is concerned.  One has to be careful because the court cannot be political but it wouldn’t have been too long before they would have started hearing my mouth.  Why can’t Belize have a judge on the court?  Judges are drawn from very many of the countries which are not signers, signatories unto the appellate jurisdiction and that’s fine because you want simply the best in the Caribbean.  So long story short, Denys Barrow, in my view, is one of the best in the Caribbean and it is good that he is on the court simply on the basis of merit, but it is also good because surely Belize deserves a place on that court.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now he represented the Government of Belize on a number of significant matters which he won’t be able to see through seeing as though he is now on the other side of the chamber, so to speak.  Is government looking at someone else to be able to carry through on these matters?”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Well we’ll have to won’t we.  But I don’t know who yet.”


Senior Counsel Denys Barrow has represented Belize in a number of high profile cases before the appellate jurisdiction.  The seat of the Caribbean Court of Justice is Port of Spain, Trinidad.  

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