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Constitutional Commission Recommendations

In August 2012, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas appointed a Commission with the following broad mandate: “To conduct a comprehensive review of the Constitution of The Bahamas, and to recommend changes to the Constitution in advance of the 40th anniversary of Independence next year. These changes will require a national referendum to be held in due course so that the will of the people can be determined on the matter.” The following are a list of recommendations by the Commission issued on the 8th July 2013.

The full report can be found here.

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Revenue Measures 2013/2014

In the Budget Communication presented to the House of Assembly by the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on Wednesday 29th May 2013, revenue measures for the fiscal year 2013/2014 effective July 1, 2013 were indicated as follows:  More…

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Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments

In the Commonwealth of the Bahamas judgments obtained outside of the jurisdiction of The Bahamas can be registered in the Bahamas if the provisions of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act 1924, chapter 77 of the Statute Laws of the Bahamas(the Act) are complied with.

Section 3 of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act provides: More…

 

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Lawyers Urge Bahamas To Recognise Living Wills

Originally published in the Tribune 242

Bahamians too frequently overlook the certainty of death, top attorneys and a medical expert warning that the failure to leave their financial house in order can leave loved ones and family vulnerable.

It could also place an undue burden on family or doctors to make end-of-life life and death decisions in a country where living wills, so accepted elsewhere, are not legally recognised. More…

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The Protection of the Child—Part 2

In our issue, Protection of the Child Part I we looked at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In this issue we will consider the Child Protection Act.

The Child Protection Act 2007 in essence harmonizes the provisions of UNCRC with our domestic law and brought under one umbrella several pieces of legislation regarding children. More…

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Real Property Tax—Amnesty Programme

The Government of the Bahamas has initiated a new Real Property Tax Amnesty Program which took effect on March 1, 2013. The purpose of this initiative is to allow property owners the opportunity to have their property assessed without any penalties. In addition, this initiative allows property owners to bring their accounts current with opportunities available for significant savings.

What is Real Property Tax?

Real Property Tax is an annual fee levied on owners of land in the Bahamas. This tax is payable by all land owners, Bahamians or non‐Bahamians. It must be noted that there are two exceptions to this rule: More…

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Protection Of The Child Part 1

As April is recognized in the Bahamas as Child Protection Month, we at Halsbury Chambers thought that we would issue a few Bulletins relevant to the Protection of
the Child.

Recently the Government observed that child abuse in the Bahamas is on the rise with approximately 1300 cases reported between the years of 2011 and 2012. It is most unfortunate that many cases go unreported. More…

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Law Firm To Host Free Forum On Wills And Trusts

On April 20, the law firm Halsbury Chambers will host a free legal forum at the British Colonial Hilton titled “Wills, Living Wills and Trusts”.

The first in a new series and sister to the annual free legal clinic, “Information You Need for the Life You Want”, the mini-forum will be limited to the first 50 persons to pre-register and will be held from 11am to 1pm.

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Halsbury Chambers: Inside the Chamber

The first quarter of 2013 has been quite exciting for Halsbury Chambers. After quite a number of years we have changed our website to make it more user friendly for local and international clients. I would encourage you to visit us at www.halsburylawchambers.com. I think you would find most interesting our frequently asked questions. In addition we started Halsbury Chambers’ face‐book page. On this page you would be able to find a number of articles written by our attorneys, advice for the day and there may be a few legal jokes!

We are most pleased that our Branville McCartney was invited to speak at the National Bar Association’s Mid Winter Conference that was held in Nassau, The Bahamas on the 14th February, 2013. The topic was the relevance of the Privy Council in The Bahamas. More…

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Privy Council to Bahamian Land Owners: “Register Your Land”

A recent decision by the Privy Council ended years of battle over who has right to property ownership in a case where the same piece or pieces of property were sold more than once — the current owners who recorded their title or the previous owners who bought in good faith but failed to register title.

While the legal issues were complex, the Privy Council’s decision was clear cut — ownership goes to the party who has the recorded and stamped title. More…

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