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DPP’s Bar application deferred

The Bahamas Bar Council has deferred its decision on whether Director of Public Prosecutions Vinette Graham-Allen will be called to the Bahamian Bar until a decision is made on the legality of her appointment,The Nassau Guardianhas learned.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Grant-Bethell, who was overlooked for the post, has asked a court to review the selection process. Senior Justice Jon Isaacs will begin the hearing today.

Graham-Allen, a Jamaican jurist, who is tasked with reducing the criminal backlog and improving convictions, has not been able to appear in court since her appointment last year June because she has not been called to the Bar.

Last month, lawyers Elsworth Johnson and Fred Mitchell 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.The Guardianunderstands that Attorney General John Delaney appeared in support of Graham-Allen’s application and he 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, the objectors pointed out that her work is administrative. 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.

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