Minnis won’t say yet who’s been chosen as chief justice
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday confirmed that a decision has been made on a substantial chief justice appointment, but he refused to disclose who will fill the role.
“We have decided,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate at this particular time to announce it, but at the appropriate time we will announce it, and I am certain that you will be very comfortable and happy with whomever has been selected.”
The Nassau Guardian understands that the new chief justice will be prominent attorney Brian Moree.
Asked to confirm that, however, Minnis said, “At this particular time, we’re not going to release that information.
“At the appropriate time, you would know who that individual is.”
The prime minister has faced significant criticism over the delay in appointing a chief justice following the death of former Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs last August. Isaacs died after serving in the position for only two weeks.
Acting Chief Justice Vera Watkins was among those who voiced criticism.
At the Opening of the Legal Year in January, she said the uncertainty of her post made it difficult to set an agenda for the year.
“The indisputable fact is that while it may be so that I am sitting in this chair at this moment, I am not certain as to whether I will be sitting in this chair later on today,” Watkins said.
She said this left her in a “tenuous position”.
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