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Jul 26, 2013

Litigations cost millions and the government’s choice attorneys collect

Wilfred Elrington

Litigation, litigation everywhere, and no doubt the attorneys involved in what seems like endless litigation are smiling all the way to the bank. In the case of any litigation against G.O.B., if you’re not their attorney of choice there’s nothing to smile about since the millions paid out to G.O.B.’s attorneys come out of the public coffers, filled by taxpayer money. Attorney General Wilfred Elrington, himself an attorney, summed it up succinctly when News Five spoke to him this week.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General

“Whenever anybody files a lawsuit against the government, any judgment that is given against the government in that lawsuit will have to be paid out of the taxpayers’ money. So if you have to pay damages in lawsuits, it is the government and the people of Belize that will have to pay and that will translate to less money for police men, less money for nurses, less money for teachers, less money for social services; less money for hospitals. So lawsuits are not anything that people are excited about. It does to my mind more harm than good to the society. And in these days I can tell you, that the attorneys are making a game of it. They prolong every lawsuit so that it takes years before a judgment to be given because every time you get a decision, you appeal it—which is good; don’t get me wrong. But it takes time, it keeps the courts cluttered with cases and at the end of the year the only people who suffer are the citizens of this country. So I think it is important that whoever bring these actions, these actions are ultimately going to cost the citizens of this country who don’t have enough resources to take care of the essential needs of the country.”

 

Government’s law firms of choice in large litigation matters are usually Barrow and Williams, Young’s Law Firm and Barrow and Company.

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6 Responses for “Litigations cost millions and the government’s choice attorneys collect”

  1. sickntired says:

    Somebody please pass me some headache medicine. The people di suffa and a few rich lawyers smiling. Then we want to know why di country di get so bad.

  2. Citizen says:

    Some lawyers love litigation in government. Bring it on! The government use our tax money to pay, the people pay, and the selected family lawyers take the millions to their bank smiling!

  3. get up stand up for your right says:

    criminals working for criminals;
    citizens and foreigners, hand in hand,
    no deal too crooked to cut.

    for xmas we do the hezbollah punta
    and shuffle those bonuses for all in on the deal.
    how sweet it is to be loved by them.

    until the people stand up for their country, we have no country.

  4. Guerra says:

    BRING IT ON! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ LOL The easy correct way to fleece the country!

  5. OC Belizean :) says:

    Finally, someone realized who is paying the attorney’s fees. The Prime Minister is fine with it because the GOB money goes right to their family. They should find a solution rather than going to court.

  6. Carolyn Livermore says:

    It is still all about the money. These lawyers have no conscience or principles. All they think about are themselves and how to get rich. Too bad. I think there is nothing wrong with our justice system but there is something wrong with the people running it.

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