Bar Association challenge status of Sol Gen
The decision was taken almost two weeks ago but went under the radar. At the end of November, the Bar Association decided to challenge in court the status of Belize’s Solicitor General, Cheryl Krusen, as a Senior Counsel. From what we know, this is the first time that the elevation of a senior counsel is going to be challenged in court. The Bar Association’s case appears to be that before a person can be appointed as a senior counsel, he or she must have a minimum of eight years practice before the courts of Belize. Krusen, we understand, was not enrolled as an attorney at law in Belize nor has she practiced law before the local courts prior to this year. To get around this technicality, she was enrolled retroactively to the year 1980, presumably the year she first came to Belize. She was at that time married to attorney-at-law Dylan Barrow. If so, attorneys contacted by News Five say it is difficult to see how her enrollment could be retroactive to 1980 when in that year she was not enrolled anywhere in the Commonwealth, not even in her native Jamaica. When we checked, the case had not yet been filed in the Supreme Court and while it is still far ahead, if the case is successful it will mark the first time that an attorney has been stripped of senior counsel status. Krusen gained public attention locally when she stood her ground as solicitor general during the recent public consultations of the Ninth Amendment.