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Jun 17, 2010

Do you think the Chief Justice is being treated fairly by the government?

Yesterday we reported that following a meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow  on June seventh, 2010, Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh urgently convened back-to-back meetings with his judges and then with members of the Bar Executive. The CJ informed the Bar Executive that he would be leaving office in September, would not be hearing any new cases and would be transferring his part heard cases to other judges. Many lawyers, we are told, interpreted this as a sign that the Government was squeezing the CJ out.

But in a meeting held with the Bar Executive on June ninth 2010, the P.M. informed them that he had previously agreed with the Chief Justice a September deadline for departure, but could not agree to an extension as requested by the CJ to conclude all his cases.

All this prompted a meeting on Tuesday night, at which the usually timid and disunited Bar Association agreed on an unprecedented resolution chastising the Government of PM Barrow for the “unseemly” manner in which the Chief Justice’s tenure has been treated. According to the Bar resolution, it is of the firm view that the Chief Justice is entitled to continue in office with the totality of the position without any interference from the executive until the office is given up. Our question tonight speaks to this issue and follows: “Do you think the Chief Justice is being treated fairly by the government?” Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8668 or post your vote on our e-poll at You can also send an e-mail with your comments to

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9 Responses for “Do you think the Chief Justice is being treated fairly by the government?”

  1. Tim says:


  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    I Love Belize: There has to be amendments to the laws of Belize for that to happen.

  3. Real Analyzer says:

    GOB is treating CJ as mandated in the Constitution of Belize. The constitution of Belize has established a retirement aged and everyone in Belize soil should abide it. Nevertheless, CJ should finish hearing the cases that he has took and then completely retired. I would like to see a new CJ that convicts criminals with the maximum sentence allowed by the Laws of Belize

  4. Allexclusive says:

    It is obvious and when Elrington was Attorney General Minister it became more clear that they wanted the CJ out. The Prime Minister needs to realize that the Chief Justice had after so many years finally restored some sense of Justice in the legal system. They have their own agenda behind chasing the CJ out of his chambers and out of the judiciary system. Let’s take for example the fact that they renewed the contract of both Justice legall and Justice Gonzalez why is it that he who has the power can’t renew the CJ’s contract so that those cases he heard and part heard could be completed to its fullest and justice given in them. But hey with this UDP Government its pure politics all around.

  5. BreddaDavido says:

    THe whole judicial system in Belize needs some major changes.

  6. EarlGray says:

    Why can’t he also get a 3year extension???????????????

  7. Darius Martinez says:

    The C.J has been treated unfairly by this government and all because he made a few rulings that were unfavourable to their administration. I am afraid that whoever is appointed to fill the vacancy will be viewed with distrust because of the way the C.J was practically force out of office.

  8. E.L.Smith.Jr says:

    I thought Capital Punishment was a thing of the past!!!

    Yesterday, or so ago, I believe it is the State of Utah, USA, where they place this Caucasian Male, that Murder Two, infront of a Firing Squad, and Kill him.
    Now, this took place here in the USA, for the Love of God, who would believe, that the US, of all Countries would exercise such “old fashioned justice.”
    Why Belize, can’t bring back HANGING.
    We cannot support the notion, that the Gangs will take out the Gangs, we are not a Barbaric Society, we just need to Enforce more Permanent and Harsh Penalties for Murderers.

  9. Elgin Martinez says:

    Why should i care how the Chief Justice is treated when he don’t care about how the Belizean Citizens are treated by the criminals.

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