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Oct 8, 2015

PM Barrow Says Bar Association Will Not Succeed In Application to CCJ

Dean Barrow

The Bar Association’s request to the CCJ to make available their decisions on the nationalizations of B.E.L. and B.T.L. hasn’t thrilled the government or its attorney. And even if those decisions are provided, it wouldn’t affect the terms of the settlement which have already been signed and sealed. Still, the Prime Minister doesn’t believe that the Bar will have any luck making that happen. 


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“That can’t succeed. You can’t ask to intervene when the matter has already come to an end so that you can resuscitate it. But let’s assume that they were to be successful. It’s no skin off my back. I, for the sake of the jurist prudence, would have no difficulty in getting the CCJ’s views, pronouncement, on the Eighth Amendment and this whole business of basis structure doctrine and the argument of those in the Bar that say that no matter if you do it properly, amending the constitution can itself be unconstitutional. I’ve never subscribed to it, I’ve never held with it and I can see that they would have an interest in some determination of the issue so for me it is neither here or there. But I do think, as I said, in terms of whatever remains of my lawyer’s instincts that they will get absolutely no place.”

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