The Judicial and Legal Service Commission

Section 89(1) of the Constitution deals with the establishment and composition of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission and states:-

There shall be a Judicial and Legal Service Commission for Barbados which shall consist of the following persons-

(a)  the Chief Justice, who shall be Chairman 

(b)  the Chairman of the Public Service Commission or his representative

(c)   three other members who shall be appointed by the Governor General, acting on the recommendation of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, by instrument under the Public Seal.

The functions of the Commission are set out at Section 93 (1) of the Constitution as follows:-

Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, power to make appointments to offices …to which persons are required to possess legal qualifications… and to remove and to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices is hereby vested in the Governor General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal  Service Commission. 

The duties of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission are set out at Part II of the Public Service Act, CAP 29.   

The members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission are as follows :

The Hon. Sir Marston Gibson, K.A., Chief Justice of Barbados       -    Chairman                                            

Mr. David Bowen, C.B.E, Chairman, Public Service Commission   -    Member

The Hon. Mr. Justice Frederick Waterman, C.H.B.                           -   Member

Madam Justice Sandra Mason                                                              -   Member

Madam Justice Michelle Weekes                                                          -   Member