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Grant-Bethell In Court Next Month

A date has been set for the substantive appeal for a veteran prosecutor who won 90 per cent of her costs against the government last year.

Despite a change of government, the matter is set to begin next month in the Court of Appeal (COA).

In July 2010, Cheryl Grant-Bethell sued the government for sidestepping her for the director of public prosecutions (DPP) post.

The post was instead given to Jamaican attorney, Vinette Graham-Allen, who was brought into the country on contract.

According to well-placed legal sources, Mrs. Grant-Bethell could receive between $1.2 million and $2 million.

Prime Minister Perry Christie told reporters on Monday that he will personally look into her matter.

He told the Bahama Journal last week, however that he would give his new ministers time to see what the Attorney General’s Office needed.

“I’ve appointed people who will demonstrate our concern about the state of affairs in relation to crime and it’s for that reason that I have appointed Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Damian Gomez,” Mr. Christie said last week.

“We are committed to fostering a new belief about employing Bahamians. They’re in office for the first time [Monday] and I would like them to have an opportunity to see what all they have to deal with and to see what they find and then to speak to us as the government and give us their recommendations. Obviously there is a possibility for her to go back but the attorney general must be given an opportunity to report back to us.”

Last year, the matter was before the appellate court, as the government’s attorneys sought to overturn Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs’ decision to grant the veteran prosecutor her costs – 90 per cent to be exact.

While Supreme Court rules allow a judge to use his/her discretion when it comes to awarding costs, Thomas Evans, who represents the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) argued at that time that Justice Isaacs more or less strayed from the principles set out in the rules, which guide the use of that discretion.

The matter is set for June 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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