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Oct 15, 2010

Justice Elliot Mottley retires as President of the Court of Appeal?

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On Wednesday night we reported on the continuing, unsettling state of affairs within the Belize Judiciary brought on by the intention of the Prime Minister to temporarily promote Supreme Court Justice Legall to the Court of Appeal. Hard on the heels of that story, comes news of the retirement of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Elliot Mottley. A Government Release announced President Mottley’s retirement this afternoon. While the press release makes the retirement appear routine, Bar Association members we contacted are adamant that Justice’s Mottley’s retirement is anything but routine. They say that PM Barrow’s constitutional amendment interfered with Justice Mottley’s security of tenure by providing for the termination of his instrument of appointment in April of next year.  This amendment is being challenged in a constitutional claim before the Supreme Court. There is no substantive Chief Justice and now, following Justice Mottley’s retirement, there is rampant speculation as to who the Prime Minister will appoint as President of the Court of Appeal.  Will it be a family affair? That’s anyone’s guess.

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4 Responses for “Justice Elliot Mottley retires as President of the Court of Appeal?”

  1. Rizzo says:

    Hmmm suspects!!!

  2. Common Sense says:

    Hmmmm…..a weak Judiciary, a compliant Legislative and an all powerful Executive. Dictatorship is here. We will all be forced to wear the same clothes and goose-step march down the streets soon.

    Not a huge fan of the Bar association, but it looks like they are the only ones that are trying to maintain an independent judiciary, at least vocally. Damn, if another member of the dictatorship’s family gets the position – we are in deeper sh%t than at present.

    God save Belize, majority of us are really good people deep down.

  3. Skywalker says:


  4. MACAL RIVERA says:

    Please give DR Herbert Gayle the post of Chief Justice!!
    I belive he will be able to do a good job

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