The District “A” Magistrates Court will resume normal operations from Monday top court officials announced.
In a statement issued on Friday via the Government Information Service Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson and Registrar, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne issued a joint apology to members of the Bar and the public for the absence of a magistrate at the court over the past week.
“We regret any inconvenience caused, but the situation was beyond our control,” they stated
The apology followed strong criticism levelled by prominent attorney at law, Andrew Pilgrim QC, who questioned the logic of scheduling cases for dates the magistrate was on vacation.
He suggested the development would have resulted in close to 40 or more Barbadians turning up to the court in vain each day.
Pilgrim received strong support from the Barbados Bar Association, whose president, Liesel Weekes, told Barbados TODAY they received complaints from members about the problem on a regular basis.
Weekes said it was necessary for the court to have a serious look at the current systems in place to treat to the people’s business.
Sir Marston explained an acting magistrate was identified to sit in the court during the substantive magistrate’s vacation leave, but an unexpected family emergency prevented the assigned Magistrate from being present.
The Chief Justice gave the assurance the acting magistrate will be present from Monday.