Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has advised Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington to get himself a lawyer.
Amidst a publicized legal battle with a former client, Carrington, an attorney-at-law, has been under pressure from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party to recuse himself while the matter is being addressed by Parliament’s Committee of Privileges.
While he supported Carrington’s decision on Tuesday not to vacate the chair when the House of Assembly met, Stuart, also an attorney, has also advised Carrington to seek legal advice.
“I advised the Speaker not try to deal with the matter himself, to retain a lawyer . . . and I am aware that that advice has been taken and the matter is being handled in the normal way ,” Stuart told reporters today after the unveiling of the Yarico monument at Kendal Plantation in St John.
“I can assure you that based on the information available to me that the outstanding issues are going to be properly resolved.”
A High Court recently found that Carrington failed to hand over to 78-year-old John Griffiths, an additional $210,000 remaining from the sale of his late aunt’s property at Dayrells Road, Christ Church.
Griffiths said several attempts to get his money from Carrington had been unsuccessful.
“As long as you are practicing law – and I speak here from a pinnacle of authority on these matters because I practiced law for 25 years – you can run into disputes with your clients and there are particular procedures laid down for the resolution of those disputes,” Stuart said yesterday.
“Clients can complain for you about almost anything . . . A client once reported me to the disciplinary committee because he said that whenever he called my office I was in court, and I wondered whether instead of being in court he wanted me to be in a brothel. So you really cannot control what clients can complain about.”
Questioned about the implications of the current controversy on the ruling Democratic Labour Party, Stuart insisted that he did not believe there would be “adverse” implications for the party once the issues were resolved.
“I have full confidence that the courts of Barbados can dispose of these matters . . . Once that process is completed the matter dies; that’s the nature of litigation,” the Prime Minister said.