Appointment of The Honourable Justice Joseph Strachan (Ret’d) to conduct independent review into delay of Black and Veatch report

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Statement from the Office of The Attorney General

Attorney General Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson.

May 11, 2015 – Nassau, Bahamas

In fulfillment of its promise, the Government of The Bahamas is taking the necessary measures to ensure that there are no future delays in the lawful release of important reports to Bahamians.

As such, the government has appointed the Honourable Mr. Justice Joseph Strachan (Ret’d) to conduct a thorough independent review into the cause of the delay in the release of the Black and Veatch report. Justice Strachan will have full access to all material and personnel required to adequately complete the inquiry.

Justice Strachan is a distinguished former Registrar the Supreme Court, a role in which he was called upon to liaise with the Executive. He also served with distinction as a Justice of the Supreme Court. His public service has continued since his retirement in many arenas including service as Chairman of the Commission appointed under the Judges Remuneration and Pensions Act.

The review is intended to ensure that the processes to support future investigations and enquiries conducted in the public interest are managed according to international best practices as well as to ensure timely disclosure when these reports are going to be made public.