Prime Minister Stuart could not have his way with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and so he wants to pull Barbados out of the regional court, Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley has charged.
In a last-minute election pledge last Saturday night, Stuart said if the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) retained office, it would pull Barbados from the CCJ and accused its jurists of being “politicians in robes” hinting that the court’s judges were trying to carry out change in the country that should be done by persons who were elected to office. Stuart also accused the court of “disrespecting” Barbados.
But Mottley, speaking to party supporters last night at a mass meeting at St Patrick’s, Christ Church, said Stuart was really more upset by the CCJ’s most recent ruling giving Commonwealth citizens living in Barbados for three or more years, the right to vote in Thursday’s poll.
“When it came to the CCJ, Barbados went forward with certainty . . . and made the CCJ our final court. . . . But because you don’t like the judgment . . . . you want to pull out,” Mottley said.
In a quick quip, Mottley told the crowd Stuart wouldn’t have to worry about the CCJ after Thursday because he will be discarded by the electorate before the end of the week.
Saying she was “ashamed of my Prime Minister” over the CCJ decision, Mottley asked who had Stuart consulted on the matter before making the announcement.
Mottley promised to appoint two more High Court judges to address the backlog of criminal and civil cases in the court system. This she said, would address one of the main criticisms of the CCJ about the local judiciary. (IMC)