#Nassau, September 26, 2018 – Bahamas – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force hosted its first Annual Legal Aid Seminar and Clinic on 21st September 2018 at Coral Harbour Base. Participating in the event were representatives from the Judiciary and The Bahamas Bar Association.
The event was hosted by the RBDF to ensure that personnel received equality before the law and the right to counsel and a fair trial in keeping with the Commander Defence Force’s intent to improve the professional and personal wellbeing of RBDF members. Personnel were also treated to free legal advice during the Legal Clinic.
Making presentations were the Honorable Keith Thompson, Acting Justice, Magistrate Her Worship Sandra Dee Gardiner, Attorneys- Ms. L. Michelle Fox, Ms. Calverna Small, Mr. Jerome Darceuil, Ms. Tara Knowles, Ms. Ian-Marie Darville and Mr. Sherman Bethel. Topics covered included Labor Law, Family Law, Divorce/Conveyance, Will and Probate, Criminal Law and Health Issues.
“Any institution must always set out to treat its employees as human beings. You cannot get 100% participation and support if you mistreat your employees”, said the Honorable Keith Thompson. “The main aim and objective of any institution is progree and success. The only way to do that is to have everybody on board and on the same page”.
Bringing opening remarks on behalf of the Commander Defence Force. Commodore Tellis Bethel, was the Deputy Commander Defence Force, Captain Samuel Evans, who cited the importance of the event for the Officers and Marines stating that:
“… as an organization, we must remain cognizant of the realities of the everyday challenges, including legal issues that confront our officers and marines, both within the Defence Force, and in our private lives. The impetus of this legal aid clinic is to provide practical information and advice on various aspects of the law”.
“The clinic was quite timely and informative with a lot of valid information being shared”, said Woman Marine Melvina Brown- McKenzie. “As it relates to modern day issues and life experiences, the panelists gave me a better sense of how the judicial system operates”.
Organizer for the event, Lieutenant Commander Floyd Moxey, the Staff Officer Legal Affairs at Defence Headquarters, lauded the legal presenters for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their wealth of knowledge with members of the RBDF. He also expressed his gratitude that Officers and Marines were able to take full advantage of the opportunity to receive professional and personal legal advice.
Header: Representatives from the Judiciary and the The Bahamas Bar Association at the first Annual Legal Aid Seminar and Clinic on 21st September 2018 at Coral Harbour Base. Bringing remarks is Deputy Commander Defence Force, Captain Samuel Evans.
Insert: The Honorable Keith Thompson making his presentation to Defence Force Officers and Marines during the first Annual Legal Aid Seminar and Clinic on 21st September 2018 at Coral Harbour Base.
(RBDF Photos by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith)
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