Hearing of Appeals filed by the Attorney General and Roman Catholic Church scheduled for March delayed to allow the position of the Catholic Church to be known
In 2017 the Belize Court of Appeal scheduled the hearing of appeals by the Attorney General and Roman Catholic Church against the August 10 decision of the Chief Justice in the Orozco case for its sitting in March 2018.
The Attorney General received an extension of time to file its skeleton arguments and met the new deadline. The Roman Catholic Church has not met the deadline to file its arguments and its counsel of record successfully asked for his name to be removed from the record at a Case Management Conference by the Court of Appeal on 31 January 2018.
At that Case Management Conference counsel for Orozco and UNIBAM, Ms Lisa Shoman QC, who was accompanied by Westmin James, submitted that the hearing in March should proceed, especially in light of a previous delay afforded by the Court of Appeal to allow the Church to obtain counsel.
After considering Shoman’s submissions , the Court of Appeal said that it wished that the position of the Catholic Church be known to the Court and all concerned, especially since it was now without legal representation. The Court adjourned the Case Management Conference to a date in March during its next sitting.