Wednesday, June 17th, 2015. BMG: And while Young gave his statement to the media on the court of appeal case, so did Attorney for the Bar Association, Godfrey Smith. Smith who told the media about the Bar’s position in the court of appeal case against the Government of Belize.
Smith argues that for courts to retain their independence and impartiality in deciding disputes, their officers must not be subject to the desires of the Executive.
Smith is quoted to say: “This is challenge to certain constitutional amendments that the Government enacted. I think it is around 2009. Essentially, we are saying that the amendments introduce one year periods of appoint for Judges of the Courts of Appeal, which we believe are unconstitutional that it goes to the heart of security of tenure.
All Judges be they Supreme Court Judges or Judges of Court of Appeal should enjoy independence… Our argument is that for the public to have confidence that Judges are independent of the executives, there are certain objective conditions that needs to be in place,” Smith ended saying, “one of them is that they should not be appointed for the period of one year.”
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