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Jan 8, 2018

CJ’s Backlog to be Cleared by Mid-Year

Kenneth Benjamin

So while the 2018 calendar is off to a solid start, what becomes of the unresolved cases from previous years for which the bar association brought pressure to bear on the Chief Justice to deliver those judgments?  It’s a question that we posed to the Attorney General this morning.  He says that in spite of the dwindling backlog, CJ Benjamin has committed to clearing the extra workload by mid-year.

 

Isani Cayetano

“There’s a carryover of matters that weren’t dispensed with from the 2017 legal calendar into this year.  Where do we stand going forward, in terms of the CJ’s workload?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“Well, he’s off the leave and he was supposed to complete a certain amount of judgments.  He indicated to me, as well as his assistant indicated to me that he should have completed most, if not all of them, by now.  But naturally, whatever he didn’t finish, if he didn’t finish, he would just have to finish it in the year.  He would just have to ensure that he finds the time and he has committed to finding the time.  He knows that this is his fault, he’s not making any excuses but the work has to be done.  He has been doing the work, he has kept me up to date with all the judgments he has completed and so I expect that by the middle of this year we should be fully, fully onboard and fully updated with everything.”

 

We note that the President of the Bar Association did not touch on the issue of the backlog during her annual address before the bar and the bench.

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