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Sep 6, 2017

Will law group’s opinion count?

Priscilla Banner

There are reports to News Five that members of the social partners are likely to raise objections based on the position of the Bar. The Opposition Leader John Briceño is by law the sole person to whom the Prime Minister must consult for his opinion before recommending the appointment to the Governor General and he is also opposing Parke.  But what weight does the Bar’s opinion carry, especially in light of the reported differences between the Barrow administration and the Bar.  Banner said that while the Prime Minister retains ultimate say, it is their hope that their concerns will at least be taken into consideration.


Priscilla Banner, President, Bar Association of Belize

“The question of whether or not Mr. Parke will be appointed is wholly within the remit of the Prime Minister, the Honorable Prime Minister. The Honorable Prime Minister is required by law to consult with the Leader of the Opposition and once that is sent to the Governor-General for assent, then that is it; the Bar’s word has no weight in that decision-making process. But what we would say is that we hope that the Honorable Prime Minister would – not consider – but perhaps listen to the position of the Bar Association, and perhaps to review the C.V. of Mr. Parke, to take the Bar’s concern into consideration. We do not do this lightly – nothing that is done by the Bar Association relating to the judiciary is ever done lightly. It is done after deliberative consideration and consultation.”

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