Attorney General Responds To Tribune Columnist

Former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.

Former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson last night issued a press release in response to Tribune columnist Adrian Gibson’s article in Thursday’s edition.

She said that the Swift Justice Team “is making real progress”.

She added: “Thanks to the collaborative effort of prosecutors and police, in the ten criminal courts provided by the Government in 2015, the conviction rate doubled in 2015 compared to 2012; the time for the presentation of a voluntary bill of indictment has been reduced from 344 to 78 days; 110 more cases were disposed of in 2015 than in 2012 and seven murders were tried within one year of charge.

“In 2015, the Witness Care Unit implemented new guidelines for staying engaged with witnesses. Since August of 2015, the unit has dealt with approximately 155 cases.

“Importantly, the backlog has been reduced by over 100 cases... this increased efficiency and effectiveness is paramount, not only for the victim, but also for the accused who awaits his day in court. It is also a testament to the hard work of prosecutors, witness care officers, data clerks and police officers, all working under tremendous pressure. I will not let anyone discount their efforts.

“Admittedly, there is more work to be done. The hardworking prosecutors that I have the privilege to lead and I are up to the task. This is not business as usual. We want to see the end of murder trials eight to ten years after the charge. Seven murder trials within one year of charge demonstrates that these matters can be tried within a reasonable period of time, thereby eliminating a revolving door on bail. I ask Adrian Gibson and all Bahamians to join us in this critically important work."


kaytaz 4 years, 4 months ago

Stupid!!!!! If only 7 cases were brought to court with in a year doesn't the other 100 or so add to the court backlong. What is there to be proud of?????


sheeprunner12 4 years, 4 months ago

Adrian ............ be careful with this AG ........... she may take bread out a ya mouth


jackbnimble 4 years, 4 months ago

Allyson Gibson a.k.a. "Swift Justice" actually believes she's doing a good job. But aren't they all deluded starting with the PM?


TruePeople 4 years, 4 months ago

Bless Up Adrian! Stay on point! the Biggerheads won't like your message but your comments are very valuable to the citizens of this Country!

Keep the fire burning!!!!


Godson 4 years, 4 months ago

It is a rule of law that 'JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED'. As a ex-convict and student of law, I understand the practicality and underpinning mischief of this rule. It seeks to avoid the mischief of injustice.

More fundamental than any rule of law, is the geometric rule that says, when one angle of a triangle is unknown and two angles of that triangle is known, the unknown angle can be calculated: add the two known angles to get their total and then, subtract this amount from 180. What remains is the unknown angle.

I have adopted this approach when assessing situations in everyday life, i.e., if something smells bad, and if it looks bad... chances are, it will taste and be bad - consequently, it is not good! These dimensions of badness are enough to indicate to me not to get myself involve... leave it alone. These evidence a rotten state. It ought to be discarded - THROWN IT AWAY..., FLUSH IT DOWN THE TOILET..., PLACE IT IN THE TRASH BIN, etc etc - whatever you wish to do with it..., JUST GET RID OF IT! Because, it is unhealthy and draws on bacteria and germs that are not good for you. This approach cannot be over emphasize in matters of our judiciary.

If we accept that 'JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED', do we then go in the opposite direction and carry a given situation to the other extreme of the spectrum i.e. SWIFT JUSTICE?

BAHAMAS... am I the only one in this Country who was mathematically attentive in school? I hope not! But, WHAT IS THE MEDIAN to apply to this formulation so that our judiciary/justice system can equate to an reasonable and acceptable result?

Now... please... don't think of me as being rude by the crudeness which I feel compelled to express myself. But he area of the human body from where human waste (feces) is released is located 'out of sight' and is at the 'rear bottom' of the 'back side' part of our anatomy. It seems divine that this is the case. It is located far from the place where we eat our food (lower head and front). This is place where we intake nutritious things for our well-being. Whether they smell good or taste nice... at least they must be palatable.

These must be digested before they go on and become waste matter (feces). In a way, they must be internalize before becoming a part of our body. Just as profound is my principle: YOU DON'T SHIT IN THE SAME PLACE THAT YOU EAT - AND YOU DON'T EAT IN THE SAME PLACE THAT YOU SHIT!!!. If only some policy makers understood this principle: Do what you got to do while in the toilet - not in the kitchen; and vice versa.

Sadly, the things that sometimes come out of some people's mouth smell so bad that you can become confused as to which end is which - what I mean is, you can hardly discern the difference in the smells, i.e. bad breath and the things that they pontificate and ask you to go along with.

Sorry for the length and the verbosity of this but I hope you'll get the point.


TruePeople 4 years, 4 months ago

interesting, but i missed the point o_o.

We should neither take too long to charge people, but by no means rush to get convictions? is that the point?


rosiepi 4 years, 4 months ago

Madam Minister get of this aging soap box of yours before it topples both you and the pcitizens and constitution you are sworn to represent justly.. answer Mr Gibson's queries about this broken system of justice!


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