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."