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Backlog of Cases Remains a Chronic Problem

Attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley hopes that the court disposes of Hartin’s case as soon as possible. However, that seems to be highly unlikely because as Bradley explained, the backlogged of cases remains a chronic problem. 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney at Law: “There is in judge Susan lamb’s court there is 162 cases that she has inherited, she just came here a few months ago and that kind of figure is applied to all the Supreme Court. Justice Moore right now as we are speaking she is having a hearing in the Southern District, the Dangriga Supreme Court is under repair she is having her court in Punta Gorda, she is disposing of cases in Punta Gorda. Judge Cumberbatch and Judge Moore they work nonstop. On the backlog matter the United States of America they recently put together a very important symposium conference at the Biltmore in which they had offered to assist the court system in Belize. That is a good first step we need to take that as far as we can go. Listen there are situations as you know especially in the magistrate court. You’re charging people for a lot of foolishness you need to go and say listen there is nothing that is going to come out of this so you’ll get a warning, you’re put on probation, or whatever it is. You can’t have hundreds of citizens going to the Magistrates Court all over the country every day to be given an adjournment and we don’t have a management principle where you say well the first 20 come at 9:00 o’clock, the second 20 come at 10:30 – everybody comes at 9:00 o’clock the court is crowded there is not one chair, there is no bathroom facilities, you don’t have anywhere for somebody to get a glass of water what kind of backward country are we in no manner Ronald Reagan described us with those strong words.” 

Reporter: But is that the fault of the Belize Police Department because I’ve heard that they will be instituting again this quota that you have to charge certain amount of persons now.” 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney at Law: “No they can’t put in a quota.” 

Reporter: They did though in the past. 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney at Law:  “Well that would be illegal. You can’t have a quote to arrest people.” 

Reporter: So now they’re returning back to it that you have to charge a certain amount of persons by the week for you to say that you are doing good. 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney at Law:  “Well I would love for them to 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.