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Bahamas: All Five Court of Appeal Judges Will Preside Over Appeal of Citizenship Ruling

(Eyewitness News) NASSAU, BAHAMAS — All five judges of the Court of Appeal will sit to hear an appeal against a historic Supreme Court ruling that children born out of wedlock to foreign women and Bahamian men are entitled to citizenship at birth.

The Office of the Attorney General has appealed the ruling in the “public’s interest”.

Attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, who represented the applicants in the matter, told Eyewitness News that the hearing was initially set for last Friday; however, the Court of Appeal has determined that the entire court will sit to hear the appeal on March 4 and March 5.

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder’s ruling dealt with separate applications for declarations over the true interpretation of Article 6 of the Constitution, which deems that “every person born in The Bahamas after 9th July, 1973 shall become a citizen of The Bahamas at the date of his birth if at that date either of his parents is a citizen of The Bahamas”.

The applications include a case involving three children born out of wedlock to a Jamaican woman and two children born out of wedlock to a Haitian woman — both cases fathered by Bahamian men.

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