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Newbold: Pm Will Reveal Chief Justice Choice ‘In Due Course’

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Anthony Newbold

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will reveal his choice for Chief Justice in “due course”, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold, who yesterday said the Killarney MP was still mulling over his shortlist of candidates.

Mr Newbold was responding to questions on the government’s current timeline to name and appoint a new Chief Justice, given concerns raised by Acting Chief Justice Vera Watkins at the opening of the 2019 legal year.

ACJ Watkins said the government’s slow pace in naming someone to the post has hindered the judiciary in making any long-term plans.

The Tribune initially reached out to Attorney General Carl Bethel yesterday, but he declined to comment on the issue saying he had nothing to add to the discussion, nor a response to the concerns raised by ACJ Watkins.

The Tribune contacted Mr Newbold to confirm whether or not the naming of a new Chief Justice had been recently discussed at a Cabinet level, and if those talks identified a firm timeline.

Responding via text message, Mr Newbold said while there was no timeline, the prime minister has committed himself to reviewing several names he had recently shortlisted, with a view to reveal his choice in “due course”.

On Sunday, Dr Minnis told this newspaper he had not yet made a decision on the matter, but it would be dealt with at the appropriate time.

“There are names that have been moving through my head, but I have not moved them yet from my head to any paper,” Dr Minnis told The Tribune on Sunday.

“(But) I don’t want to give timelines, the press holds me very seriously to timelines. So no timelines right now, but you will know in very short order.

“We’re at the beginning of the year and we will deal with it at the appropriate time.”

Meanwhile, Progressive Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday said the appointment of a substantive Chief Justice should be made immediately, asserting that Dr Minnis misunderstands the importance of the post.

In a statement to The Tribune, Mr Mitchell said the lengthy delay in an appointment insults the judiciary.

“The appointment should be made forthwith,” Mr Mitchell said. “This is not an appointment that should be made on the personal whims and fancies of the prime minister.”

Current criticisms of the government’s pace are in line with those that arose ahead of the naming of the late former Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs to the post.

Isaacs’ appointment came nearly seven months after his predecessor, Sir Hartman Longley, was sworn in as president of the Court of Appeal.

In that timeframe, Dr Minnis faced intense criticism for the delay, ultimately saying he would not be forced to appoint a Chief Justice, neither was he concerned about losing political capital over it.

ACJ Watkins has occupied the post in an acting capacity for roughly four months.

Comments

TalRussell 2 months, 1 week ago

Yes, or no - comrade spokesman's Acee is like open seacock aboard Minnis's and KP's sinkin ship. Yes, no, permitting complete bullshi# just keeps a rushin?

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pingmydling 2 months, 1 week ago

Anthony Newbold is beginning to look like Sarah Huckabee Saunders, or is it Kellyanne Conwoman?

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TalRussell 2 months, 1 week ago

Yes or no, should've comrade spokesman's Bagdad Bob and the BP oil spill, not warned us sufficiently - not believe word those holding political or economic influence over we the people. Yes, no?

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bogart 2 months, 1 week ago

JUDGES DIS....JUDGES DAT....JUDGE LAMENTS....JUDGES SALARIES....JUDGES IN CHURCH.....JUDGES COURT BUILDINGS...............WEEEEELLLLL........HOW FOR ONCE IF IT AINT TOO MUCH ASKING ..HOW MANY PEOPLE'S DEM...CASES....BACKLOGGED.......???????????

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CatIslandBoy 2 months, 1 week ago

It is rather unfortunate that Prime Minister Minnis does not seem to realize the importance of the timely appointment of the Chief Justice. I'm really beginning to doubt that he is truly up to the task of being a good leader.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

It has taken you long enough to come to your senses. Problem with CJ appointment for Minnis is that no Bahamian jurist of stature wants to be associated with most of the crud that now sits on the Supreme Court. That's why his original choice after much delay was the late Stephen Isaacs! LMAO

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

"Beginning"??? To doubt.... It was clear from about two months post election. People kept saying give him time. He just doesn't have it. I suspect the FNM high ups have left him there just like Trump who's a disaster there are people profiting from being to easily manipulate a ...we'll pick your description.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

Please stop,. We still waiting for "due course" on who ordered the BPL engines burned up

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TheMadHatter 2 months, 1 week ago

You still remember the BPL fires? I guess govt gotta throw up couple new scandals to give you something else to think about. I hear one big fire in Bimini Friday night. Dat Andros person mussey gat boat eh?

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

Lol. That's right. This country...handed from one tief to the next

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Socrates 2 months, 1 week ago

Gov't should not be functioning in such ambiguity. There should be targets/deadlines for everything. As a minimum, i would expect the Press Secretary to say something like, the the PM has committed to making a decision by end of next week, for example. This procrastination is symptomatic of indecisiveness. Its not Ace's fault he is unable to give specifics however.

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DDK 2 months, 1 week ago

The PM already announced the same thing. Why do we have to pay a trained parrot?

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pingmydling 2 months, 1 week ago

Anthony Newbold --- press secretary. Oh right, now we big shots like Uncle Sam'. How much is this silky tongued (Ha ha) individual earning? I forgot;; can anybody remind me what relation he is to Hubert?

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pingmydling 2 months, 1 week ago

DDK---please don't insult my parrot.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

To pingmydling: I promise not to say anything about your parrot. My brother has an old salty talking African Gray parrot named 'Ace' that makes much more sense when talking and squawking than Minnis and his Ace combined! LMAO

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pingmydling 2 months, 1 week ago

Mudda --- now you talking good sense!!! You want join my crew on the "Black Pearl"; You get first choice of the parrot.

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