Backlog of cases remains a chronic problem – Love FM
Attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley hopes the court will rule on Hartin’s case as soon as possible. However, that seems highly unlikely because, as Bradley explained, the backlog of cases remains a chronic problem.
Richard “Dickie” Bradley, lawyer: “There are 162 cases in Justice Susan Lamb’s court that she inherited, she just arrived here a few months ago and that kind of figure is applied to the entire Supreme Court. Judge Moore right now, as we speak, she is holding a hearing in the Southern District, the Dangriga Supreme Court is in reparations, she has her court in Punta Gorda, she is settling cases in Punta Gorda. Justice Cumberbatch and Justice Moore work non-stop. With regard to the backlog, the United States of America recently held a very important conference and symposium at the Biltmore where they offered to help the justice system in Belize. It’s a good first step, we have to go as far as possible. Listen there are situations like you know mostly in the magistrates court. You blame people for a lot of nonsense, you have to go say listen, there’s nothing going to come out of this, so you’ll get a warning, you’ll be put on probation, or whatever. You can’t have hundreds of citizens going to the trial court every day across the country to get an adjournment and we don’t have a business principle where you say well the first 20 come in at 9 o’clock, the second 20 come at 10:30 – everyone comes at 9:00 the court is packed there is not a single chair, there is no bathroom, you have nowhere for someone to take a glass of water what kind of a backward country are we in no way Ronald Reagan described us with those strong words.
Journalist: But is it the Belize Police Department’s fault because I heard that they will institute this quota again that you have to charge a number of people now.
Richard “Dickie” Bradley, lawyer: “No, they can’t put a quota.”
Reporter: They did in the past.
Richard “Dickie” Bradley, lawyer: “Well, that would be illegal. You can’t get quotes to arrest people.
Journalist: So now they come back to the fact that you have to charge a certain number of people per week so that you can say that you are doing good.
Richard “Dickie” Bradley, lawyer: “Well, I wish they would do that because we will go to court and say your honor, this man is just part of a quota. I hope they institute it.”