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Stories by Barbara Gayle

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A woman wept uncontrollably outside the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston recently after her lawyer told her that the first available date for the trial of her lawsuit would be in 2022."How can that be?" the woman queried, as she threw her...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Several persons who have served as jurors in the Home Circuit Court are demanding justice over what they describe as the shoddy treatment meted out to them.The jurors, who answered summonses to appear in the downtown Kingston-based court, say they...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Veteran attorney Maurice Long has come out in defence of the nation's judges, who he says are being criticised about the delays in delivering judgments but are not given the tools to do the job."Give the judges the tools to work and stop talking...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 1:42 AMBarbara Gayle

Judges in the Supreme Court are far from satisfied with the conditions under which they have to work. The judges are also concerned about a shortage of office space and what they still believe is inadequate remuneration for their heavy...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

People strolling through Justice Square on King Street in downtown Kingston, often pause to admire the eye-catching architecture of the building which houses the Supreme Court. But what most Jamaicans don’t know is that sections of the...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Several of Jamaica's judges want the Matrimonial Causes Act amended to make it easier for them to grant divorces.According to the judges, who spoke to The Sunday Gleaner on condition of anonymity, the law should be changed so that divorce petitions...

Published:Thursday | December 7, 2017 | 11:27 AMBarbara Gayle

Thirty-two-year-old Omar Fear and 24-year-old Dwayne Donaldson, both from St Elizabeth, have been freed by the Court of Appeal after spending nearly five years in prison. In freeing the men, The court quashed their convictions for illegal...

Published:Tuesday | December 5, 2017 | 7:10 PMBarbara Gayle

The Supreme Court has granted an order barring the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Works from conducting a hearing with a view to dismissing chief inspector of the motor vehicle licensing authority in St...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2017 | 1:08 PMBarbara Gayle

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Having already waited more than 12 years for the Government to accept liability for medical negligence which left her daughter, Tashi Turner, with the mental capacity of a baby, 36-year-old Alisha Coleman will have to wait another two weeks to find...

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Prominent attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie has expressed concern that no action is being taken against cops who manufacture evidence against accused persons to secure convictions.Champagnie made his comments last Friday following the acquittal of an...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Last week, Anthony 'Bugussu' Powell, a 56-year-old higgler, was smiling broadly as he peddled his goods on the streets of downtown Kingston, but his customers could never know the injustice he suffered for the last seven years.Powell spent four of...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Wrongfully extradited alleged former Shower Posse leader Richard 'Storyteller' Morrison has rejected a compensation offer from the Government because he believes the money put on the table is too meagre.While not disclosing the amount offered,...

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Haulage contractor Osbourne Smith of Portmore, St Catherine, is demanding millions of dollars in compensation from the Jamaican government after waiting over the last six years for the return of a Leyland truck which was wrongfully seized by the...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

One of the major shortcomings in Jamaica's justice system was highlighted last week, when Keith Nichol was freed by the Court of Appeal after spending two years in prison while waiting for the notes of evidence from his trial to be completed.In...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Peeved over the failure of the Government to pay them outstanding salaries and emoluments, the island's judges have written to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, demanding immediate action.The Sunday Gleaner has learnt that in the letter to Holness, the...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:45 AMBarbara Gayle

With a series of deadly shootings in and around Spanish Town, St Catherine, in 2013 being linked to a rift in the notorious Clansman Gang, law-enforcement officials set their sights on the reputed leader of the gang, Tesha Miller, who it was...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

He has been dubbed Jamaica's most infamous gang leader since Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was extradited to the United States, but Tesha Miller is adamant that he is being falsely labelled.In an exclusive interview with The...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A $400 million award by the courts is proving little comfort for 46-year-old Janet Edwards, who is adamant that the money will not compensate for her health and happiness.According to Edwards, she had dreams and goals and most of all she wanted to...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The Jamaican Bar Association (JBA) has been granted an expedited hearing of its appeal of the Constitutional Court's decision to throw out its challenge to the 2013 amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).The appeal is scheduled to start on...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The heavy workload for the nation's judges has been described by Mr Justice Lennox Campbell, CD, QC, as being onerous and burdensome, and he is calling for judges to be given time out of court to write judgments."The judgments that are being...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Eight years after 43-year-old Christopher Watson suffered serious injuries when a small airplane in which he was a passenger crashed in the Blue Mountains, he is still suffering from severe back pains, headaches and daily nightmares of the accident....

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The long delay in notes of evidence being sent from the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeal is having an adverse effect on the justice system, and is even forcing some appellants in custody to abandon their appeals against convictions and sentences...

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