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Chief Justice Brian Moree, QC.

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Competitiveness boost on 70% of civil disputes

The Chief Justice yesterday said wide-ranging reforms to the Bahamian courts’ Civil Procedure Rules will “make the jurisdiction more competitive on dispute resolution” in 70 percent of such cases.

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‘Pandemic has delayed courts’

THE COVID-19 pandemic has added more backlogs to the courts, but Chief Justice Brian Moree, QC, said the judiciary is working its way through those cases which have been disrupted since March.

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Chief justice wants more plea bargains

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree wants to see greater use of plea bargains in the Bahamian criminal justice system, saying yesterday the country does not have the resources for every case to go to trial.

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‘Disciplinary action taken’ over party in courtroom

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree said appropriate disciplinary action was handed to staff who attended and staged a party inside a courtroom earlier this year.

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No new trials

ALL new trials have been suspended as the judiciary expands its coronavirus mitigation protocols. Members of the jury pool for each criminal court will be contacted by the respective bailiff to inform them when to return to court.

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Courts to suspend new jury trials and try to wrap up cases

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree announced that the judiciary will postpone new criminal jury trials until April 14, try to wrap up ongoing Supreme Court criminal cases in the next seven days and limit the number of people in court rooms.

Moree happy to discuss selection of judges

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree says he understands the Bahamas Bar Association’s calls for greater transparency in the country’s judge selection process, telling The Tribune that to do so would ensure a level playing field. BBA President Kahlil Parker, a

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Moree: Changes would ease pressure on courts

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree has said decriminalising small amounts of marijuana possession is a “policy issue” that if made, would alleviate some of the case load from the court system.Stressing he needed to be extremely careful in speaking about the c

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Moree plans moves to restore court integrity

ACCEPTING the findings of Auditor General Terrance Bastian’s audit into the Magistrates’ Court as a “serious” matter, Chief Justice Brian Moree has said there will be fundamental changes with the system over the next six months in a bid to restore integrity.

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Moree: Judiciary needs greater independence

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree believes that a “deepening” of the independence of the judiciary is needed so that the sector can make its own decisions to carry out its mandate.

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Chief Justice: 'Deepening' of independence of the judiciary is needed

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree believes that a “deepening” of the independence of the judiciary is needed so that the judiciary can make its own decisions to carry out its mandate.

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We need state of the art courts, says Moree

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree yesterday called for the construction of a new “state of the art” court complex, as he said the current facilities are all in “various states of disrepair” and “are not suitable for a modern court system”. The country’s top

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UPDATED: Governor General and Chief Justice to be Knights

QUEEN Elizabeth has given her approval for Governor General Cornelius Alvin Smith and Chief Justice Brian Moree, QC, to be knighted.

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Chief Justice eyes 'five major reforms' before 2019 ends

The chief justice has revealed that “five significant” reform initiatives will be unveiled before 2019 year-end to start bringing the judicial system “in line with 21st century best practices”.Brian Moree QC, addressing new attorney admissions to the

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Supreme Court Rules revamp by April 2020

The Chief Justice is aiming to revamp the Supreme Court Rules, some of which are 40 years old, by April 2020 in a bid to develop “an entirely new and modern foundation” for handling civil and commercial cases.

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Moree to take up post on June 12

THE Cabinet Office has announced that Brian Moree, QC, will take his position as the country’s newest chief justice on June 12.


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