Loren Klein was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in a brief ceremony at Government House yesterday.
“As I’ve indicated, my focus will be on public law issues, constitutional law judicial review, which decide rights between government and the applicants,” Klein told reporters following the ceremony.
“And it’s very important for an orderly administrative system that people know what their rights and obligations are, and the government does the same.”
He added, “Too many of those cases, which really decide important fundamental rights for people, languish for far too long. And, so, I think I will be able to assist in trying to deal with those cases expeditiously.”
Klein said he was “deeply honored and humbled” by his appointment.
“I look forward to working with the new chief justice as we try to improve the justice system and the delivery of justice in the country,” Klein said.
“The chief justice has recently announced a new raft of initiatives to help with that process. You do know that one of the major complaints about the judicial system in the country is that cases are not disposed of speedily.
“And, so, I think these new initiatives will help in that regard and these include the introduction of an IT system and new rules, which will hopefully allow judges to move the process more rapidly.”
He continued, “As things currently stand, I’ll be on the civil side but, of course, that’s at the discretion of the chief justice.”
Klein has extensive experience in civil litigation, particularly in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, and in foreign relations law and practice.
He has provided advice to the government and its departments on a diverse range of matters.
Klein has represented the government in numerous high profile cases before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
He has also assisted in the preparation of a number of cases before international arbitration panels and the Privy Council.
Klein has served on both constitutional commissions.
Prior to starting his legal career, Klein worked briefly as a reporter for The Nassau Guardian.
In 1986, he joined the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). While there, Klein established the force’s public relations department.
He retired from the RBDF in 2011 as a commander.