Monday, June 16, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Last week Prime Minister Dean Barrow responded to the furore over his reappointment of Court of Appeal Justice Samuel Awich for seven years until the age of 75.
He essentially suggested that the jurist’s opponents are being personal because they have found no way around him at the court’s highest levels.
But President of the Bar Association Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay reminded that the Bar’s frustration with Awich stemmed from its finding that there were several judges – Awich being the worst offender – who were behind with delivery of judgments.
The Bar has passed numerous resolutions against Justice Awich, even before Courtenay took over the presidency.
It is therefore a lie, he said, for the Prime Minister to suggest that there is any link between him and the Awich dislike, or to suggest as he has in the House of Representatives that Courtenay personally was rebuffed at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) about Awich’s status.
Every resolution, save for one abstention, was approved unanimously, including those practicing law who are intimates of the Prime Minister.
Courtenay was even stronger in his condemnation of what he called the Prime Minister’s “personal” tactics with his opponents.
He said the Prime Minister needed to stop making personal attacks on those who disagree with him, even as he called him a “Penner-loving, Castro-hugging, lying Prime Minister.”
For context we note that the Senior Counsel was before a panel containing Justice Awich on the case in the Appeal Court this morning.
It appears the controversial jurist will stay on over the Bar’s objections.
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