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Mar 19, 2020

Supreme Court Empowered to Make Decisions in Times of National Emergency

Dean Barrow

Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, via the passage of the Supreme Court of Judicature Amendment Bill, will now be empowered to make decisions on occasions when there are matters of public interest and national security, as in the case of the coronavirus threat.  This morning in the House of Representatives, that piece of legislation was introduced and went through all stages of reading.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Madame Speaker, I move the second reading of a bill to enact to amend the Supreme Court of Judicature Act Chapter 91 of the substantive laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011 to allow the Chief Justice to make practice directions in instances of public interest and national security to provide for the minister to make regulations for the procedures to be used for prison video link appearances in criminal and civil causes and matters before inferior courts and the Supreme Court and to clarify that petitions for divorce by consent are to be presented to the court and to provide for matters therewith or incidental thereto.”


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