Supreme Court of Judicature (Barbados)

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The Supreme Court of Judicature of Barbados (SCJ)
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LocationSupreme Court of Barbados Complex
Whitepark Road, St. Michael
Appeals toCaribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
Chief Justice and President
CurrentlySir Marston C. D. GIBSON
The Supreme Court of Barbados

The Supreme Court of Judicature of Barbados[1] is the highest judicial body in the country of Barbados. It is made up of the High Court and the Court of Appeals.[2]

Appeals from the Supreme Court can be further referred to the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).


The High Court consists of Civil, Criminal, and Family branches.

The Court of Appeals handles appeals from the High Court and Magistrate Courts, and hears appeals in both the civil and criminal branches of law. It may consist of a single Justice of Appeal sitting in Chambers, or as a Full Court of three Justices of Appeal.


Justices of Appeal:[3]

Judges of the High Court:[3]

Appointment of Justices

Justices are appointed by the Service Commissions for the Judicial and Legal Services.


The Supreme Court is located in a five-storey reinforced concrete structure of 183,000 square feet (17,000 m2) which includes both civil and criminal courts, together with office accommodation and facilities for judges, juries, attorneys, prisoners, and the public, as well as the Registry and Records offices.[5]

Caribbean Court of Justice

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), (based in Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago), is the court of last resort (final jurisdiction) for Barbados. It replaced the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) in 2003, upon the passage of both the Caribbean Court of Justice Act and the Constitution (Amendment) Act by the Parliament of Barbados. These acts were brought into force by Proclamation on April 8, 2005; allowing the CCJ to supersede the Privy Council as the court of final Appellate Jurisdiction. The CCJ is also entrusted with the power to resolve disputes dealing with the Caribbean (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Judicial Oath

I, _________________________, do swear that I will well and truly serve Our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth II, Her Heirs and Successors, in the office of the Chief Justice/Justice of Appeal/Judge of the High Court and I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of Barbados without fear or favour, affection or ill will. So help me God.

See also

Further reading


  1. ^ Parliament of Barbados (9 April 2011). "Supreme Court of Judicature - CAP117A". CARICOM Law. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Law Courts of Barbados Archived 2009-08-15 at the Wayback Machine - About the court
  3. ^ a b Law Courts of Barbados - Personnel Archived 2010-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Government of Barbados - Chief Justice profile
  5. ^ JADA Group (2009). "Hall of Justice, Whitepark Road, Bridgetown, Barbados". Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2011.