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Jan 5, 2011

Candidates for New Chief Justice shortlisted

Dean barrow

Since former Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh was retired in late 2010, the position has been temporarily filled by Justice Samuel Awich. There was a lot of huffing and puffing about whether or not the Bar Association would have been part of the selection process for the new CJ but cooler heads prevailed and its members are on the Advisory Committee interviewing the candidates. There were five persons short listed for consideration but, as Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media, the Advisory Committee has narrowed the list to three candidates.

Dean Barrow

“The Advisory Committee that we’ve set up, which is chaired by the Ms Jackie Marshalleck, President of the Bar, Mister Derek Courtenay and Mister Michael Young, cut that five to three: a candidate from Guyana, a candidate out of New Zealand but who is Jamaican and an Australian who is living in the UK.  Arrangements have been made for each of them to be flown in at great expense to the Government of Belize.  You see, if I had just gone and acted on my own we might have saved the tax payers some money, but in any event, clearly in my effort to accommodate the Belize Bar Association, it’s a small price to pay anyway, each candidate is being flown in to be interviewed by this panel.  The candidate from Guyana and the candidate from New Zealand will be interviewed this month within, as far as I understand it, the next two weeks.  There’s a problem with the candidate from England, who is currently on a visiting professorship in Australia and so can’t get away until the end of the month.  So his interview will not be able to take place until early February. Once all the interviews have been completed, a recommendation will be made to me by the committee.  I will either accept or not accept that recommendation.  I would think that I will accept. I would think that we certainly would be able to have the new man in place for the start of – I can’t call it the new legal year – for when the court goes on recess in August, I would think that by the time the legal year is resumed the new Chief Justice is in place.”

The new legal year is in September.

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5 Responses for “Candidates for New Chief Justice shortlisted”

  1. rootsman says:

    I am sure you can find other ways to save the tax payers money Mr. PM, however I don’t believe saving the tax payers money at the expense of the integrity of the legal system is a good idea.

  2. Justice says:

    This should be a democratic country so there should never have been a thought of “acting on my own accord”

  3. BZNpeace says:

    How much of the tax payers money is being wasted on unqualified, incompetent and unethical people who are working at our Embassies around the world – all expenses paid?????


    This man -Dean Barrow is so full of himself. He’s not even able to give an interview and not show how egotistical he is. (IF I HAD GONE AND ACTED ON MY OWN I WOULD HAVE SAVE THE TAXPAYERS A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY AND IN MY EFFORT TO ACCOMMODATE THE BELIZE BAR ASSOCIATION). He makes it sounds like he’s doing us a favor and a job.Does anyone knows what the salaries for these ministers of Government are? Maybe channel 5 can do a report on this.

  5. BZNinCALI says:

    Dean, for a job of that magnitude, we assumed that if they were coming from overseas, the Taxpayers would foot the bill & pay relocation costs for the successful candidate. Harsh as this forum may be sometimes, most of us are not rooting for you to fail, we want to see our country succeed. The disagreements with the Bar is just another dog & pony show.

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