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In another historic moment for Abaco, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett visited Marsh Harbour to hear a Supreme Court matter at the upper court at the Government Complex on June 4.

Chief Justice holds court on Abaco

 

Above: Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett (center) being greeted by Abaco Admin. Preston Cunningham. Sir Barnett came to Abaco early in June to hear a Supreme Court Matter.
Above: Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett (center) being greeted by Abaco Admin. Preston Cunningham. Sir Barnett came to Abaco early in June to hear a Supreme Court Matter.

In another historic moment for Abaco, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett visited Marsh Harbour to hear a Supreme Court matter at the upper court at the Government Complex on June 4.

The matter he was hearing was related to the Quieting Titles Act. He said because the majority of the people involved were located in Abaco it “seemed to be better, rather than to put on them the cost of travelling to New Providence to do it, they could just travel here to Marsh Harbour and we’ll have the matter right here.”

He said it is not unusual for the court to sit outside of New Providence and Grand Bahama, especially when it concerns quieting property. “The Judges would go to the family islands, take evidence from persons and more importantly visit the land, inspect the land, see the land to ensure that anyone affected by the decision is aware of the action and has an opportunity to be heard,” he said.

He said he would likely visit the property and then canvass with the lawyers before coming to a ruling as this was a first hearing on the matter.

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Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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