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Sep 6, 2017

The Bar turns down Franz Parke for Court of Appeal

Priscilla Banner

A special session of the Bar Association of Belize met in Belize City at the Radisson Hotel on Tuesday night. Its purpose was to consider its position on the appointment of Jamaican-American attorney and former prosecutor Franz Parke, based in Miami, to the Court of Appeal as a justice. Parke has extensive legal experience, but none in a judicial capacity, and none in Commonwealth or even Caribbean countries such as Belize. It is the primary reason why the Bar’s members, as president Priscilla Banner told us exclusively following the meeting, unanimously decided against supporting the appointment to be made by Governor General Sir Colville Young.

 

Priscilla Banner, President, Bar Association of Belize

“We did have a chance to review the curriculum vitae of Mr. Parke and based on that C.V. Mr. Parke graduated from Norman Manley Law School – I believe it’s from ’80 to ’85 – in any event, he was a prosecutor for five years in Jamaica, and after that stint he went to the United States and since he went to the United States he worked there as an assistant state prosecutor; eventually he went into private practice; but the fact is that he has no experience in the Commonwealth, no relevant experience in terms of the work he is expected to do as a justice of the Court of Appeal.”

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