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May 18, 2012

Attorney’s letter turns the wrong side of Justice Hanomansingh

The lower courts of the country are always packed with legal matters, but today the Supreme Court had more than its fair share. As many as sixteen bail applications were presented, but there was one more that Justice Dennis Hanomansingh refused to hear. In fact, the judge chastised attorney Leo Bradley Junior for what he considered to be unethical practices that could reflect negatively on him. The first issue was that Bradley had a case file, which is a Supreme Court document, in his possession. And secondly, he had written a letter, addressed not to the court, but directly to Justice Hanomansingh asking him to hear the matter. The judge questioned why Bradley had possession of the case file because it goes against protocol. According to Bradley, he was out of the country and the case file for his client, Bridigio Ake, went missing in his absence. While inquiring about the file, Bradley says he was sent to the Registrar General, who gave him the file to take to Madam Registrar, Velda Flowers. But Judge Hanomansingh replied that where he comes from, no attorney should have access to court files. As for the letter addressed to Justice Hanomansingh, he felt that it gives the impression that he does Bradley’s bidding, which is unacceptable. Bradley quickly apologized for the foul-up and promised that it wouldn’t happen again. Before leaving the courtroom, a very annoyed Justice Hanomansingh, told the attorney outright that he would not be hearing that application.

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2 Responses for “Attorney’s letter turns the wrong side of Justice Hanomansingh”

  1. CEO says:

    This is big!

    How the hell could this have happened and even so is he that dumb to take it to court with him. He did not even realize what he had in his possession.

    Our system is messed up! Those at the helm needs to tidy up the system some to give it more credibility! Seems like only those that steals gold chain, and pint bottles get convicted under they current structure.

  2. Phicl says:

    There is “justice” after all, as Justice …singh has decided not to hear the application. Too often, in Belize, lawyers believe that they can get away with anything. Kudos to Justice Hanomansingh for doing the right thing and not ‘sweeping the wrongdoing under the proverbial rug’.

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