Brian Moree, QC was sworn in as chief justice at Government House during a brief ceremony yesterday.
Moree vowed to address the backlog of cases in the court system during his tenure.
“We’ve got to look at the delays in the backlogs,” Moree told reporters after the ceremony.
“Every court system in the world has a problem with dealing with the high volume of caseloads so we want to try and look at that with some fresh eyes and we intend to do that over the next several months and come up with some new ideas on how to better manage that in order to deliver our services to the Bahamian public in a more efficient and effective way.”
The chief justice said he plans to discuss this long-term plan with his colleagues on the bench “before I get too specific”.
However, he noted that the justices have a list of short-term issues that need to be addressed in the judiciary system.
“All I can say is this, the judiciary is a coequal branch of government and I was saying earlier it’s just not another department and so we’ve got to see if we can get an allocation of national resources which is consistent with the status of the judiciary and their constitution,” he said.
“…We do need major reforms. We do need changes and we intend to address some of those challenges very directly in the short term and I don’t think it’ll be business as usual. We do have agenda items.”
During his tenure, Moree said he intends to “seriously” address the need for upgrades at the various public registries of the courts.
On June 5, the government announced that Moree had been chosen to be the new chief justice.
The announcement came about nine months after the death of former Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs. Isaacs died last August after serving in the position for only two weeks.