Lawyers ask for decision on DPP’s admission to the Bar to be postponed
Two lawyers have asked the Bar Council to wait for a court’s decision on Vinette Graham-Allen’s appointment as director of public prosecutions before considering her application for admission to the Bar, The Nassau Guardian has learnt.
Graham-Allen’s appointment as director of public prosecutions is presently the subject of a court action. Cheryl Grant-Bethell, the deputy director of public prosecutions who performed the duties as director, has filed an application for a judicial review after being passed over for the head post. Senior Justice Jon Isaacs will begin hearing the matter on January 17.
The Guardian understands that Attorney General John Delaney, who was at the hearing on Monday afternoon, told the Council that the issue was hindering Graham-Allen’s work as DPP. According to a source, he argued that Graham-Allen met the requirements for admission because she was”a fit and proper candidate.”
However, objectors Elsworth Johnson and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell reportedly pointed out that her work is administrative. They asked the council to defer considering Graham-Allen’s application to avoid an awkward situation if the court rules against her appointment as director of public prosecutions.
Johnson pointed out that qualified persons applied to fill the position left vacant by Bernard Turner, who was appointed as a Supreme Court judge. Franklyn Williams and Garvin Gaskin, the deputy directors of public prosecutions, applied for the position, as did Grant-Bethell.
Johnson, who is also a member of the Bar Council, recused himself from the decision-making process. Wayne Munroe, who represents Grant-Bethell in the judicial review proceedings, also recused himself.