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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

The Belize Constitution has conferred on the Supreme Court of Judicature unlimited jurisdiction to adjudicate on any civil or criminal matter. Every Justice of the Supreme Court has sworn to uphold the Constitution and the law conscientiously and impartially regardless of the status of any litigant and every decision of any such Justice is open to review by a dissatisfied litigant to superior courts – including in relation to the unfairness of the court’s process.

In the light of recent comments in the public domain, it is important to stress that the Judiciary remains resolute and committed to delivering, and as appropriate, improving a standard of justice of the highest competence that is fair, transparent, and accessible to all persons regardless of their status or standing in society based on the merits and the facts and applicable law of the case.

In the discharge of its functions, the Judiciary is not exempt from fair criticism, which will ensure to greater efficiency and openness to improved service and accountability.

In its continuous pursuit of excellence, the Judiciary remains bound by the values of integrity, independence, propriety, impartiality, equality, competence and diligence and accountability as espoused in its Code of Judicial Conduct and Etiquette and the internationally accepted Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct.

In the same manner that respect towards the Bench is expected, the public and practicing Bar are assured that discourtesy from the Bench is neither acceptable nor to be condoned. Judicial conduct falling short of expected standards should be reported to the Chief Justice and definitive complaints in writing will be investigated with due process by the Chief Justice or the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

Dated this 8th day of March, 2019.

Chief Justice