IMPACT Justice hosted a series of three Public Legal Education lectures on constitutional rights on August 8, 15 and 22, 2015 in Barbados. The lectures were presented by Retired Justice W. Leroy Inniss, Q.C., author of “The Constitution and You: Barbados” and “Civics for Barbados”.
Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, Q.C., MP, addressed the audience at the August 8th lecture at the St. Mark’s Community Centre in St. Philip. He gave IMPACT Justice high praise for the work it was doing, and was especially pleased that the Project was bringing the law into the communities in Barbados.
The sessions saw lively discussions about citizens’ rights including the right to personal liberty and freedom, the right to protection of the law, the right to property and freedom of speech. Justice Inniss also addressed the issue of bail, referring to the island’s Bail Act and noting that “in theory” an accused should only be denied bail if the court was worried about the accused person’s attendance at court or that he or she would interfere with the prosecution’s witnesses.