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COVID 19 Positive Cases Continue to Rise

The number of active COVID-19 cases continues to spiral upwards. Today, the Ministry of Health and Wellness reported a total of one hundred and ninety eight newly confirmed cases. These [...]

Chell Sisters, Attorneys-at-law, From Orange Walk

A promising young attorney from Orange Walk Town was called to the bar this morning. The brief ceremony was held virtually due to COVID-19 protocols.  Nonetheless, Dovini Chell’s entire family [...]

Same Laws, Different Tolerance Now for Domestic Violence

Friday’s eloquent speeches in the House of Representatives after Minister of Human Development Dolores Balderamos-Garcia presented the paper recommending that the late Nora Parham be granted a posthumous pardon were [...]

G.O.B. Offers Clarity on Trade Licensing Bill 2022

Over the weekend the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labor and Local Government issued a release on the Trade Licensing Bill 2022 to clarify what they say is erroneous [...]

New Trade License Reform Act Brought to House After Eight Years Consultations

The Government of Belize introduced a bill to repeal the Trade Licensing Act, Chapter sixty-six of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2020, to make way for the implementation [...]

FECTAB Objects to New Proposed Law to Expand Cruise Tourism

A new piece of legislation that will allow government to explore the prospect of expanding the cruise tourism sector to southern Belize is expected to be introduced in parliament on [...]

David Almendarez Dodges Questions About Proposed Law

When News Five pressed FECTAB President David Almendarez if he has gotten an opportunity to peruse the draft legislation, he abruptly chose not to respond to our question.  He does [...]

Supreme Court Decides Against Striking Out Re-districting Case

The Belize Peace Movement held another press conference today to provide an update on a recent decision by Acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana not to strike out the re-districting case [...]

The Court’s Decisions Should be Progressive

According attorney Arthur Saldivar, who is representing the Belize Peace Movement in this matter, decisions rendered by the court should be progressive.  In the context of the pending re-districting, issues [...]

New Appeal Judge Sworn In

A new judge for the Court of Appeal has been sworn in. Governor General, Dame Froyla Tzalam today swore in Justice Arif Bulkan during a virtual ceremony. The Governor-General commented at [...]

A New Bill will Give Rise to the High Court

The House of Representatives is scheduled to meet next Friday. Among the bills that will be introduced for first reading is the Senior Courts Bill which, once passed, will allow [...]

Where Will Money Come from for Judicial Changes?

The proposed changes which are likely to become enacted in the months ahead will come at a cost to government. A new building will be needed to house the various [...]

Judiciary Will Expand the Bench; a New Judge to be Sworn In

The judiciary will be expanding the bench with a new judge taking an oath of office on May ninth. Along with a new justice will be a master, an officer [...]

New Chief Justice will Sit in Both Courts

Acknowledging that there have been serious concerns with backlogs in the upper courts, the duality of the Chief Justice will allow for the presiding judge to sit on matters in [...]

Shyne Discusses UDP Position on Cannabis Referendum

On Tuesday, Orange Walk Central caretaker Denny Grijalva, himself a religious leader, presented a little over six thousand signatures on behalf of the United Democratic Party. It was part of [...]

Stake Bank Seeks to Appeal Dismissal of Judicial Review

This afternoon, inside the courtroom of Justice Lisa Shoman, attorneys for Stake Bank Enterprise Ltd. sought leave to appeal a decision that was handed down by the Supreme Court on [...]

Churches Can Challenge Decision on Marijuana Law

The churches have been actively petitioning signatures needed to trigger a referendum which, by law, requires ten percent of the voting population. These signatures would subsequently be turned over to [...]

B.T.B. Reviewing Implication of Marijuana Legislation on Tourism Industry

One industry that is expected to be impacted by the legalization of marijuana is tourism. Hundreds of thousands of tourist visit the country annually and are exposed to the drug. [...]

Case of Cuban Immigrants Adjourned

The case of the Cuban immigrants who are on remand awaiting a court proceeding has been adjourned. Today, the proceedings took place virtually but in closed session among the parties [...]

PM Says the Churches Had Ample Time to Indicate They Wanted a Referendum

The churches seem to have gained momentum in their bid to push for a referendum on the topic of legalizing marijuana. It is a controversial issue that has garnered strong [...]

5,000 Signatures Remaining; Is Cannabis Referendum Still Possible?

Today, the National Evangelical Association of Belize proudly announced a milestone, despite not fully realizing the number of signatures needed to trigger a referendum on the cannabis legislation. The churches [...]

Musa Sets the Record Straight for Cannabis Legislation Timeline

While there seems to be some discrepancy about the timeline given for additional changes, the Minister of New Growth Industries reiterated that the extension granted by the senate is not [...]

Efforts Underway to Help Clear Legal Backlog

The Government of Belize and the U.S. Embassy are joining forces to try and assist with reducing the back log of legal cases. This week was the first session to [...]

Remote Worker Safety among Issues Needed in Labor Law Update

I.L.O. Caribbean Director Zulu honed in on the need for revised labour laws in Belize to meet with the demands of the time. He spoke on areas in which Belize’s [...]

Calls Increase for National Referendum on Cannabis Bill; Debate Began Last Year

The calls for a referendum on the legalization of marijuana are increasing. The evangelical churches and the council of churches have taken an official position in support of a referendum. [...]