Swift Justice: Modernizing the Judicial System for a Safer Bahamas

Swift Justice Programme continues to show promising results

June 11, 2015 – Nassau, The Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas is committed to a Safer Bahamas and through the Swift Justice Programme. To this end, the Government has implemented ten new criminal courts in order to increase the number of criminal matters disposed before the courts.

The Swift Justice Programme aims to modernize the judicial system in The Bahamas and has already obtained promising results. Administrative advancements have enabled the judicial system to almost double the number of matters disposed of by the courts since the programme was established.

“Through collaboration with other departments and agencies, we have been able to successfully make improvements to the judicial system to ensure it is fairer and swifter,” stated Attorney General Alyson Maynard Gibson.

There have been many significant improvements largely as a result of the Swift Justice Programme. For example, in 2012 it took 344 days to progress from an arrest to the presentation of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment, as of March 2015, that timeline has now been reduced to 50 days, an improvement of 86%.

“We are committed to improving our judicial system and protecting Bahamians,” said the Attorney General. “It is through programmes such as the Swift Justice Programme, that we are able to make real improvements.”

The Government is working to build a Safer Bahamas and will continue to promote and support programs that help improve the security of Bahamians.

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Press Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister

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About Stronger Bahamas:

Stronger Bahamas represents a new vision for the country’s future. Stronger Bahamas is a non-partisan national policy development, public engagement and communications initiative. The program is designed to raise public awareness of the actions being taken and the progress being made against the country’s three most pressing policy challenges: reducing crime and improving the justice system; creating jobs and stimulating the economy; and improving education and modernizing social programs. At the same time, Stronger Bahamas invites all Bahamians to provide feedback on what else should be done to create a safe, prosperous and modern future. This feedback will be used to draft the National Development Plan.

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