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Interception of Communications and National Intelligence Agency Bills 2017

The Interception of Communications Bill and the National Intelligence Agency Bill were tabled in the House of Assembly last week. The bills are new versions of laws drafted in the last administration and have received backlash from civil society groups for their controversial content and for being tabled without any prior consultation. 

Public consultation is crucial to creating effective laws and policies that respond to the needs of citizens. Broadening the number of people who review a bill not only creates better laws, it reduces the cost of implementation and enforcement by getting the buy-in of the public.

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In a meeting with The Organization for Responsible Governance, Our Carmicheal, The National L.E.A.D. Institute, and We March, The Attorney General and his team stated their intentions to host an open consultation process on both bills before parliamentary debate, promising an information campaign over multiple platforms and public forums on New Providence and Grand Bahama. 

To view or download the bills click the icons below:

 

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Enacting an Independent Director of Public Prosecution

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Minister of Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson tabled the Constitution Amendment Bill 2017 last week, which would establish an independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and allegedly free that department from the influence of the Attorney General and other cabinet positions.

A Director of Public Prosecutions that is free from political or other bias is essential to the fair and equitable carry out of justice and to the rule of law in The Bahamas. It is important that we get this bill right. 

We encourage you to take a look for yourself to ensure The Bill meets the mark, gives true independence, and affords the DPP the power and tools he or she needs to carry out justice. The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) will be consolidating and submitting recommendations for The Bill to Members of Parliament for consideration and review. Please see the Bill at the link below and send any recommendations to [email protected] 

Please see the Bill at the link below and send any recommendations to [email protected] 

Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017