Attorney General speaks to students at Eugene Dupuch Law School

The Honourable Z. C. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs opened Eugene Dupuch Law School’s (EDLS) Annual Legal Education Week on Monday, February 1st. The theme of this year’s week of events, hosted by the law school’s Student Association, is “Extending the legacy of honour, integrity, scholarship, service, excellence and advocacy.”

The Attorney General was interviewed by a student from EDLS and shared her thoughts on the successes and the challenges of the justice system and emphasized the importance Swift Justice, an initiative focused on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Judicial System.

“Swift Justice is not just a catch phrase. We set about bringing all of the stakeholders and the administration of justice together so that we would take away avoidable inefficiencies,” she explains. “The result of which, in 2015 we tried 110 more cases than we did in 2012. We have doubled the conviction rate, we have decreased the backlog by allocating resources, we have built 10 criminal courts, we have improved our system of jurors, and we have welcomed to the table international partners”.

The Attorney General encouraged law students to get involved in informing justice system reform and contributing to a Safer Bahamas.

“You have a role to play in people being confident in the system. We have to buy into what is happening in our courts. Justice starts and ends with the citizens of our country. It starts with a citizen who thinks they saw an offense and reports it to the police. That person has to agree to become a witness. In today’s world that’s challenging, which is why we have anonymity and witness protection” said The Attorney General.

The Attorney General also shared an update on the Freedom of Information Act, indicating she expects to introduce it for cabinet approval before the 2016/2017 budget.

A video of the Attorney General’s talk is available on the Stronger Bahamas’ Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages. People can continue the conversation on social media using #AsktheAG. For more information on Swift Justice and Stronger Bahamas visit www.strongerbahamas.com.

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