Chief Justice


Crime in Belize – Judges Rules

It is the responsibility of everyone to help in the prevention of crime. The police are however charged by law, with the special duty to prevent crime and where one has been committed, to investigate and ensure that the persons responsible are brought before the Courts. The difficulties the police may encounter in this process cannot however, be underestimated. But it is nonetheless vital for the core values of society, including the rule of law and the proper administration of justice that, even in the face of these sometimes exasperating difficulties, basic rules of fairness and respect for the fundamental […]


PM Ind Day Address, a win for UNIBAM and Belizean LGBT?

Belmopan. September 21, 2013. Your Excellency, the Governor-General, Sir Colville Young, and Lady Young Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica and our Independence Day Guest of Honour My Lord Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, and other Justices of the Supreme Court Hon Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, and Mrs Fonseca Hon Ministers of government and Members of the National Assembly Your Worship the Mayor of Belmopan, Mr Simeon Lopez, and Mrs Lopez My Lords the Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches of Belize Superintendent of the Methodist Belize/Honduras District President of the Evangelical Association […]


HallMark Advisory and the GOB

Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister “I can say categorically that Ambassador Mark Espat has been appointed as an ambassador for economic affairs without any kind of remuneration – he gets no salary at all, no pay for that. With respect to the debt negotiation team; this is where the member gets into trouble. If he had the wit and sense and if he had perhaps studied his standing orders he might have frame his questions differently because you see as he has put it down the short answer is that Mark Espat also gets absolutely no money, no pay, no […]


FAMILY COURTS ACT CHAPTER 93

REVISED EDITION 2000 SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000 This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 1980 – 1990. Amendments in force as at 31st December, 2000 CHAPTER 93 FAMILY COURTS ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS Short title. Interpretation. Establishment of Courts. District Family Courts. Staff of District Family Courts. Jurisdiction. Extent of jurisdiction of District Family Courts. Sittings of Family Courts. Procedure generally. Duty of Family Courts to make efforts for settlement. Avoidance of unnecessary […]


Pomp and Circumstance – Supreme Court opens

News 5 The legal profession and judiciary were out in full regalia this morning for the traditional opening of the Supreme Court. With a new Chief Justice firmly on the bench, there was a different and much softer tone to the speeches this year. While it signals that relationships are on the mend, both bar and bench highlighted that the alarming crime rate has spiked the number of murder cases. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.   Isani Cayetano, Reporting The ceremonial procession of the judiciary along Regent Street this morning, following an ecumenical service held at Wesley Church heralded a […]