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Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2017. 3:39 p.m. CST.

Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin

By BBN Staff: On Thursday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that his government will be bringing two retired judges from the Caribbean to assist the Chief Justice of Belize in delivering long delayed judgements.

This decision comes after the Bar Association pressed for the Chief Justice (CJ) to keep to a timeline in delivering the judgements that are long overdue.

The Bar had said that if the CJ is not able to meet the deadlines, then he must be removed from office.

Barrow told 7 News Belize that the two judges were found by Sir Dennis Byron, the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice and that government will have to pay both judges for their work.

“We are not nearly as broke as people seem to think you know. It’s not that everything is coming up roses or that we are in clover but we’re managing well. We can do what we need to do. With the advent of those two judges to assist the Chief Justice, I am extremely confident that he will then be able to clear up this backlog by the point in time, in December, that he has committed to do this,” PM Barrow further stated in the interview with 7 News Belize.

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