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 channel5belize.com. You can also send an e-mail with your comments to email@example.com.