With the ruling in the Tomlinson’s case, it has brought back the attention to the Caleb Orozco case. Orozco is challenging section 53 of the Laws of Belize which states “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years”. Today we spoke with Attorney Lisa Shoman about the delay in the handing down of a decision.
UNIBAM issued a release today in which it states quote “Such an egregious delay is a failure to act and reflect a sign of our judiciary not performing its duty in the provision of justice. It is a sign that there is a systematic problem in our judiciary which needs correcting. We sent a letter, dated May 19th, 2016 to the Registrar of the Supreme Court to remind the court of section six subsection seven of our constitution which speaks to “the case shall be given a fair hearing within a reasonable time” and highlighted the CCJ decision in Walsh et al v Ward et al that speaks to an “inordinate delay in deciding cases imposes hardship on the litigants, reflect adversely on the reputation and credibility of the civil justice system as a whole and reinforces the negative images the public can have of the way judges and lawyers perform their roles.” End of Quote.