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Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham tabled Amendment Bills in
Parliament Monday, July 26th, 2010 which would change the fee structure for matters
before the Supreme Court.
Instead of lawyers having to make out multiple cheques for small
amounts to process matters before the Court, each matter will now
require the payment of a single fee.
This is expected to make the processing of matters before the Court quicker and more efficient.
During the 2012 general election, Sir Lynden Pindling's widow took to the political stage as a part of the PLP's strategy to use the late prime minister's legacy to help the party secure victory. It is debatable how successful was the strategy...
Civil Society Says Accession to the Rome Statute Will Pave the Way for the Establishment of a Culture of Peace and Justice
York, USA - The Coalition for the International Criminal Court today
called on Nepal to demonstrate its commitment to justice and the rule of
law by acceding to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
(ICC)--the world's first and only permanent international court to
prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nepal,
together with Rwanda, is the focus of the Coalition's Universal
Ratification Campaign (URC) for August 2012, a monthly campaign launched
to call upon a different country to join the Rome Statute--the ICC's
Suspects to be arraigned in court today - As a result of intense police investigations into a number of serious crimes, Central Detective Unit Officers have charged the following persons who will appear in the Magistrate's Court, Nassau Street today to be formally charged...
A magistrate on Thursday fined a Jamaican man for deceiving a public officer.
Cleveland James, 40, of Pinewood Drive, pleaded guilty to the charge when he made his initial appearance before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez.
Asked why he gave police a false name, James told the magistrate, "I was scared."
James, who is in the country illegally, told the court that he is married to a Bahamian, who did not "put in the [immigration] papers".
Corporal Catherine Darling, the prosecutor, told the court that police found James spraying a car on Malcolm Road West.
When the officers asked James his name, he gave a false one, Darling said.
However, they later found an ID in the defendant's name. When questioned about the ID, James told the officers that it belonged to his brother who had already left The Bahamas.
Gomez gave James the option of a $50 fine or spending one month in prison. The court also recommended early deportation.
The former executives of the Gordon 'Butch' Stewart-owned Appliance Traders (ATL) Group who are facing fraud charges are to next appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on October 11.
President of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) Nicole Martin yesterday appealed a Supreme Court ruling that ordered the union's Executive Council to hold an election on or before February 28, despite previously stating she would not appeal.
When the celebrations for Mark Knowles come to an end the former Bahamian tennis pro, could go to the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association's (BLTA) National Tennis Centre and watch the young and upcoming stars train on a facility named in his honor.
Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said last night he intends to table a bill in the House of Assembly today that would remove the impediments to capital punishment.
"We acknowledge the preponderance of modern research which asserts that it cannot be shown that the death penalty has a deterrent effect upon the mind of the would-be murderer," said Minnis in a new year's address televised on Cable 12.
"That may be so, but what is also clear in our Bahamas is that today there is a hardened criminal element who have nothing but contempt for law, order, or human suffering, and for whom there is no respect for human life, even the lives of innocent by-standers and children.
"At the very least there should be the certainty of sure punishment, and punishment which is appropriate to the crimes committed."
Minnis said the bill would address several weaknesses in the laws that have caused the Privy Council to overturn capital sentences for convicted murderers.
He said the bill would mandate that an appeal against the death penalty can only be made to The Bahamas' Court of Appeal and nowhere else; and if a delay between the conviction of the murderer and the proposed date of hanging is caused then the five-year limit imposed by the Privy Council would not apply.
Minnis said the bill would also mandate that the governor general prescribe time limits for the lodging and conclusion of all appeals against conviction, or constitutional appeals, and if the same are not concluded within such time limits, the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy would be able to advise that the law should be brought into execution.
He said the bill would also seek to remove the constitutional right to trial by jury in cases of murder, manslaughter, or crimes involving the use of firearms to inflict harm or death, and particularly in instances where there is a likelihood of jury or witness tampering or intimidation.
He said in such instances the case would be heard by a panel of two Supreme Court judges along with a qualified non-judicial attorney called an assessor.
He noted that as the bill seeks to affect fundamental rights and freedoms, which are enshrined in the constitution, it would require a national constitutional referendum.
"My fellow Bahamians, it will be up to each and every one of you to decide whether these proposals become law by way of an amendment of our constitution," he said.
The last hanging in The Bahamas was carried out on January 6, 2000 when David Mitchell was executed for murdering a German couple.
There are three men in the country who are under the sentence of death: Kofhe Goodman, Anthony Clarke Jr. and Mario Flowers.
Chairman of the Constitutional Commission Sean McWeeney noted on Monday that capital punishment is unlikely as long as the Privy Council is the final court of appeal for the country.
The Constitutional Commission last year recommended the retention of the Privy Council as the final court of appeal, but called for the government to amend the law to increase the likelihood that the death penalty would be carried out.
It said Parliament should amend the law to "tie the hands" of the Privy Council.
In March 2006, the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sentence in The Bahamas was unconstitutional. Following that ruling, several men who were sentenced to death were resentenced to life in prison.
In 2011, Parliament passed a law outlining the categories of murder which would attract the death penalty.
Prime Minister Perry Christie recently told The Guardian that the government is "seriously considering" strengthening those laws.
The Bahamas hanged 50 men since 1929, according to records at Her Majesty's Prisons.
Deputy to the Governor General His Excellency Sir William Allen swears in
the Hon Justice Milton Evans as Justice of the Supreme Court at Government
House, Tuesday August 16.
EXUMA, The Bahamas - With a total investment potentially as high as $100 million, Sandals Resorts International is looking to transform Exuma into one of the finest touristic island destinations in The Bahamas.
In terms of community outreach, the only high school on the island, the L.N. Coakley High School, has benefitted significantly.
Sandals donated a new computer lab to the school, and just recently re-paved the basketball court to the tune of $26,000.
Company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Adam Stewart said that it is always their intention to assist in community development.
"It is never cheap to build in the out islands. We built three computer labs on the island so far, and we're trying to complete four more before the end of the year," he said. "We try to keep the projects relevant, and try to get our customers as involved as possible. I think that four additional computer labs will be a fantastic addition to this island.
"At Sandals, we always try to give the customers more than they expect. Every time I fly into this island, I'm absolutely blown away by its natural beauty. It's a place we believe that people should come and see many times in their lives," added Stewart.
Stewart toured the school grounds on Saturday, giving his stamp of approval to the work done on the basketball court, and the construction of the new computer lab. He said that Sandals believes in focusing on the community, and education is a major part of that.
"Supporting the schools is a fundamental part of what we believe we should be doing," said Stewart. "Too often we see kids not being a part of a team and an essential family. Where we have done this before, we have seen reduction in crime, and increase in team building, leadership and sportsmanship. I hope that the young kids put the court to good use," he added.
As for the promotion of the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on the island, and the island itself, Stewart said that expansion is key, and is on the horizon, even though he can't release the details of those plans just yet.
"Exuma has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, but if the world doesn't know about it, then we'll never get the customers here," he said. "We're running a TV commercial right now in North America, Canada and Europe called Freedom. It is a 60 second commercial that features The Bahamas.
"We loved Exuma long before we were here. If we could get all of America, the Canadian market and even the European market, to respond to that commercial, that will be big for The Bahamas. This has to be one of the hottest tourism destinations in the world."
With the proposed Baha Mar development in New Providence, Stewart said it will certainly increase airlift and sea arrivals, and bring more income into the country.
"Baha Mar will do a lot for Nassau, and a lot for The Bahamas," said Stewart. "The more quality product that will come into a destination represents the more income that will come into there. It will have an over-arching effect. Baha Mar overall will only serve to elevate The Bahamas as a destination, and if it is good for The Bahamas, it will be good for Sandals."
Adam Stewart and his father, Sandals founder and owner Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, were primarily in Exuma for the inaugural Sandals Celebrity Getaway and Golf Weekend which was held at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort.
Halsbury Chambers Partner Nerissa Greene Wins Precedent-Setting Case Involving Prenuptial Agreements
Nerissa A. Greene, partner, Halsbury Chambers wins precedent-setting case in support of pre-nuptial agreements. Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett issued a comprehensive 24-page ruling affirming the contract.
A U.S court has dismissed a case termed "straight out of a Hollywood script" involving a top law firm, an offshore bank and a $14 million inheritance, citing lack of jurisdiction.
Save the Bays Wins Court Approval to Start Judicial Review Action about Unregulated Development at Nygard Cay and Jaws Beach
Following an ex parte
hearing on 13 June 2013 before Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Bain, Save
The Bays is delighted to announce unregulated development at Nygard Cay
and Jaws Beach has been ordered to halt immediately and permission has
been given for Save The Bays to challenge government inaction in
relation to these unauthorized activities.
Since its successful launch in March
this year, Save The Bays has been raising awareness about unregulated
development at Nygard Cay. Save The Bays alleges in the action, which
for years Nygard has carried out unauthorised construction, dredging and
land reclamation. The beach at Nygard Cay has grown from 3.25 acres in
1984 to more than 6 acres in 2010...
His Excellency, the Governor-General, has, on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, appointed Mrs Claire Hepburn as a Justice of the Supreme Court and has conferred on the Honourable Mr Justice Lyons the title of “Senior Justice”.
On Tuesday 14th August 2012, Jermaine Moss was arraigned before the
Magistrate Courts in Eight Mile Rock before Magistrate Gwendolyn Claude
in reference to two counts of Arm Robbery, Causing Harm, Causing Damage,
Assault with a deadly weapon and Escape.