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Jamaican's appointment to Court of Appeal in Belize sparks controversy

A row has developed in Belize regarding the prime minister selecting Jamaican attorney Franz Parke to serve as a judge on the Court of  Appeal.
 
According to media reports in Belize, the selection has been met with opposition because of questions regarding Mr. Parke's qualifications as well as his past.
 
The controversy regarding Mr. Parke's appointment to the Court of  Appeal in Belize began with questions over his qualifications.
 
It was claimed that he has very limited knowledge of Caribbean law since he has been an attorney in the US for more than two decades. 
 
Critics have pointed out that the laws in the US and the Caribbean are different and argue that the Jamaican attorney does not meet basic requirements to hold the job.
 
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who is a former law-school classmate of Mr. Parke's, dismissed concerns raised by the Bar Association regarding the appointment last week.
 
But the People's United Party in Belize is preparing to mount a legal challenge against the government.


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