Chief Justice of the Bahamas

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The Chief Justice of the Bahamas heads the Supreme Court of the Bahamas.

Legal basis[edit]

The position of Chief Justice is authorised by Article 93(2) of the Constitution of the Bahamas. Under Article 94(1), the Governor-General appoints the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. Removal of the Chief Justice is governed by Article 96(6); the Prime Minister recommends removal to the Governor-General, who then forms a tribunal of at least three members selected by the Governor-General in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister. Under Article 98(2), the Chief Justice may be invited to sit on the Court of Appeal by the President of that Court.[1]

List of Chief Justices[edit]


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  2. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1805). The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle. 75, Part 2. London,m England: J. Nichols and Son. pp. 1193–1194.
  3. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine, Volumes 160-161
  4. ^ "Northampton Mercury". 16 October 1875.
  5. ^ "Downing Street, August 12, 1880". The Edinburgh Gazette. No. 9131. 17 August 1880. p. 745.
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  8. ^ Shaw, William. The Knights of England: A Complete Record from the Earliest Time. p. 402.
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  10. ^ "No. 28329". The London Gazette. 14 January 1910. p. 338.
  11. ^ "No. 14367". The Edinburgh Gazette. 23 August 1927. p. 980.
  12. ^ A Serpent In Eden: 'The greatest murder mystery of all time'
  13. ^ Supplement to the London Gazette, 7th June 1951
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Former Justices of the Supreme Court" (PDF). Supreme Court of the Bahamas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
  16. ^ "Sir Burton Hall nominated to become a Permanent Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia". The Bahamas Weekly. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  17. ^ "New Chief Justice takes over The Judiciary". The Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. 2009-08-24. Archived from the original on 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
  18. ^ "Swearing In of New Chief Justice Hartman Longley". The Bahamas Weekly. 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-03-07.