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Feb 2, 2011

St. Lucia’s government will not pay pension for Justice Barrow

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On January twenty-fifth, Justice Denys Barrow announced his sudden resignation from the Court of Appeal. The reason he advanced was that he was going back to private practice because his pension had not been forthcoming. He also disclosed that he was suing the government of St Lucia for refusing to pay the pension benefits that were due to him when he retired as an Appeal judge in the Eastern Caribbean. St Lucia’s government, he claimed, was not even acknowledging his letters of inquiry. The claim for pensions was filed in 2010 but the suit was filed in January of this year. Well today, in the online Caribbean 360 news, the St. Lucia government said it was not Barrow’s employer and therefore, owes him nothing. The article says that the country serves as a jurisdiction only to assess pensions due to judges, but it was the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States that employed Barrow as a justice. It further points out that the JLSC decided that Justice Barrow was not entitled to a pension because he resigned before fulfilling the minimum criteria. The government sought a second opinion from the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, which agreed with the JLSC. Justice Barrow’s resignation from the local court is effective February twenty-eighth.

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11 Responses for “St. Lucia’s government will not pay pension for Justice Barrow”

  1. Woo says:

    How could one of the most eminent lawyers in Belize get it so horrendously wrong? It is a basic fact of employment which every lay man knows. You get your pension if you retire upon reaching retirement age. How can this great lawyer get the law so wrong? I have been working for 30 years and i know that I will be given a pension if I retire in 5 years time. By the way, I know nothing about law, but if you talk to me about public sector management then you are in my territory.

  2. Justice says:

    He is making the Belizeans look even worse but I am happy that he cannot get the money. If he resigned then he as intelligent as he supposedly is shoiud know that he was not entitled to it. Greedy choke puppy!

  3. rasman says:

    SO glad he resigned from the Belize court of appeal;

  4. garfield garret says:

    well he is getting the sense as to what ordinary defenseless belizean get in the hands of both government. let our goernment see this as a sign that eyes are now wide open. Long live egypt, Tunisia

  5. Seeing through it says:

    Of course he knew he wasn’t entitled to pension. He is just using this fiasco as his excuse to leave the bench and move on to greener pastures. It was all in the plan…

  6. belizeanpride says:

    ja what a joke, he thought he’ll do what he want there in st. Lucia, fool, they are not like we who take the leak from dean barrow and you bullies intimidate the public with dictatorship. here his family and cronies monopolize our country since barrow is the head of Belize but not in St. Lucia.

  7. Fed Up says:

    “Seeing through it” has it correct… forget the paychecks dished out to him.. his brother will give him something, why not give him the other half of the country to drill oil on?

  8. Carlton says:

    Two bad decisions by Mr Dennis Barrow. As an attorney he must be aware of the requirements to obtain pension. Justice Barrow’s resignation from the Court of Appeals is excellent. This is because if he cannot make the right decision about a situation that would benefit him ; one wonders about the decisions he has been making and would make about his own people. Does he believe that he can hustle the money back by going into private practice or does he think that he is above the law?

  9. CRNCN_CTZN says:

    PM Barrow will find something for him to do and get paid handsomely. Look at how he handles his ex-wife, she was smiling all the way to the bank. His son is the music ambassador -what a joke that was. and the other one was on the board for telemedia and the daughter lets bno even go there. He takes care of own that much i can say. Pity he doesn’t value the masses of Belizeans who believed he would be better for the country and voted for him. and look how much are suffering while his family is eating fillet and lobster and expensive dishes and living the high and mighty life in the big houses and driving the expensive vehicles, the lower classes of people are struggling and eating noodles, vienna chicken sausage, patted meat, corned beef.

    NEPOTISM to the highest degree.

  10. Nayo 4 D Bay says:

    HA HA HA he gets no money from St Lucia. Dumb A**
    To bad he already has money or he would have to start eating Neck & Back just like me.

  11. shock says:

    Hey guy & Girls,

    Its obvious that many of you all don’t like the Borrows too much, but you can take a positive example from them in that they decided where they wanted to go in life and how to get there. I heard that the Dean Borrow said that he wanted to be P/M of Belize, and he became P/M. They obviously realize that blood is ticker than water, and they are looking out for one another when they can. Someone said on this forum that the P/M should not have appointed his brother to the Appelet court, I don’t share that view, why? Because I remember that John Kennedy appointed his brother Boby as Attorney General, and as the world know all the Kennedys flock to politic and they are a close nit family Every person has the right to persue his/her dreams without having to ask anyone elce for permision.

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