Sir David Submits to Cross-Examination

This is an unusual role for the Chief Justice - the role of defendant. It is also unusual for him to be cross-examined. Even though this transcript is available to the general public, nobody else is going to report on this news.

In this series of articles I will cover the entire cross-examination of Sir David Simmons. Sir David is one of many defendants in a $500,000,000 case brought by Nelson Barbados Group Ltd. regarding Kingsland Estates Ltd., Barbados. (Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Court File No. 07-0141) (All Page Numbers are hyperlinked to an image of the page)

I am not going to cover much in this first post, besides showing the names of the people involved. However, I promise that I will soon get into the “good stuff”.

  • Page 1 - header page of court document showing list of defendants


Series of Several Short Articles

I will examine and comment on a small part of his testimony until I reach the end. In this way I can split it up into small sections that can be easily digested.

Please be assured that I welcome all points of view. With the exception of profane, racist or violent threats, or personal attacks, all comments are welcome.  I feel compelled to specify this exception as my past articles on Sir David Simmons have received a large number of anonymous offensive comments. These offensive comments took the form of vile personal attacks on myself and my mother. Comments received on articles about Sir David Simmons ranged from bad to violent:

  • “Kathleen Davis
    From what I hear you are no different from Ms Knox!If you don’t apologise I shall let the world know all about your hidden sexual exploits in Barbados and beyond”
  • “If we evah fine she anyway bout Barbados we gine bus open she [expletive deleted] head wid a big rock.”


First Six Pages Reveal Big Names

Here is a quote from Page 2 stating: 


This is the Cross-Examination of DAVID ANTHONY CATHCART SIMMONS, on his Affidavits sworn the 27th day of May, 2007 and the 10th day of March, 2008, taken at the HILTON BARBADOS, Needham’s Point, St. Michael, Barbados, on the 27th day of October, 2008. APPEARANCES:

K. WILLIAM McKENZIE) for the Plaintiff

GERALD L.R. RANKING –for the Defendant,
PricewaterhouseCoopers East Caribbean Firm

PAUL SCHABAS –for the Defendants,
David Simmons, Peter Simmons, Philip Greaves, David Shorey,
David C. Shorey and Company, David
Carmichael Shorey and S.B.G. Development

Yes, PricewaterhouseCoopers East Caribbean Firm is also a defendant. Their lawyer was present.

Below PwC we see Paul Shabas representing David Simmons, his brother Peter, and Philip Greaves, all of S.B.G. Development Corporation. Shabas is also representing David Shorey. On Page 3, Lorne Silver represents a long list of defendants, including a current and a past Prime Minister. (To see an unofficial tabulation of clients and their lawyers click here.)


ADRIAN LANG –for the Defendant,
FirstCaribbean International Bank
Ronnie Carrington ) Videographers
Michael Edwards )

Note that the lawyer representing the defendant FirstCaribbean International Bank was also there. The cross-examination was video-taped.


A Few Pages of Details

Page 4 - Index of Proceedings

Page 5 - Simmons’ PAUL SCHABAS praises the accommodations. Appears surprised that the building is airconditioned!

Page 6 - Informal roll call and statement that the proceedings will be recorded “in accordance with Ontario practice”.

Continuation: The Cross-Examination of Chief Justice Sir David Simmons - II

  • Background story:
    “Nelson Barbados Group Ltd. has commenced a legal proceeding in Ontario, Canada against a group of individuals and companies connected to the Kingsland Estates Ltd. matter, alleging that the actions of these individuals and companies have caused financial loss to the plaintiff.”

Disclaimer: We wish to remind our readers that, while these are public court documents, the contents of these documents should be taken as unproven allegations pending the outcome of the case. What we state here is our opinion. On the other hand, we welcome and value comments. We would especially like to hear the opinions of those with knowledge of the case. Anonymous comments are most welcome.