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Gov’t To Bring Back Citizens Advisory Committee

In a bid to ensure that the highly touted Swift Justice System is as effective as possible, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Government is seeking to put as many teeth in its crime fighting tactics, one of which is to re-implement the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson made the announcement in the Senate Monday afternoon while delivering her contribution to the 2012/2013 Budget.

“I am a servant of the people and I want to ensure, as much as I can, that I get feedback from the people about what we are doing and about their feelings about Swift Justice,” Mrs. Maynard-Gibson said.

“Democracy is best served when citizens are involved in the process.”

The attorney general added that governments must start to do more to involve everyday citizens in the country’s crime fight.

“We have to do more to involve our citizens, to involve our non-government agencies, to involve the private sector in the decision making process,” she said.

“This strengthens democracy. We in The Bahamas are fortunate to have committed judges whose integrity is unimpeachable.”

The Citizens Advisory Committee was headed by Rev. Patricia Bethell, but according to Mrs. Maynard-Gibson it was made obsolete during the last administration.

During the 2002 to 2007 period, under the PLP, the committee was in effect.

The role of the Citizens Advisory Committee was to be the voice of victims of crime and other law-abiding citizens.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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