Which one will be the magistrate?
Priest, lawyer, ex-police officer – it sounds to us that Graveney Bannister knows human failings and compassion (Priest), knows the law (Lawyer) and looks at everything with a hard-nosed cynicism (Police officer).
Furthermore, Mr. Bannister has spent most of the last two decades away from Barbados so he is unlikely to be indebted or loyal to any political party or business group. Like our new Chief Justice Marston Gibson, it looks to us like Magistrate Bannister is as independent and untouched by corrupt power cartels as is possible in a small country like ours.
Yup, Magistrate Bannister might be just what Barbados needs.
Now if we could only get the MPs to pass some modern laws and fund the justice system well enough to make trials happen within a minimum time of, say, five years for a start. Pathetic when five years would be an improvement, isn’t it?
Welcome back to Bim, Magistrate Bannister!
Popular priest and lawyer returns to native Barbados
Bermuda Sun, September 30, 2011
Popular Anglican priest and lawyer Graveney Bannister is leaving Bermuda. Mr Bannister is set to return to his homeland Barbados today to pursue a career opportunity with the church.
He has also been appointed a magistrate and wants to see his eldest daughter through her final years of education.
He told the Bermuda Sun he had “mixed feelings” about leaving the island.
He said: “Bermuda has been like a second home for me. I have made so many great friends here and am very grateful to them all for the love and support they have shown me…”
… Lots more in the Bermuda Sun article here