Attorney general to resign this week

Ransford Braham wants new Gov’t to make its choice

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Print this page Email A Friend!

ATTORNEY General Ransford Braham will be stepping down from the post this week, becoming the first major casualty of last Thursday’s crushing defeat of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party in national elections.

"The resignation has not been tendered as yet. It will be done [Tuesday] or so. That’s my plan. You have to give the [new] Government an opportunity to make a choice," Braham told the Observer yesterday.

Braham, who took up duties as attorney general on August 8, said that he would be returning to private practice, having worked with the law firm Livingston Alexander & Levy for 23 years before leaving to become attorney general.

The 48-year-old Braham was appointed to the post after Queen’s Counsel Dorothy Lightbourne was stripped of the attorney general and justice minister portfolio when then Prime Minister Bruce Golding reshuffled his Cabinet. The portfolio was split on the recommendation of the commissioners who presided over the Dudus/Manatt Commission of Enquiry. Delroy Chuck, who served as House speaker since September 2007, was named justice minister.

Braham’s appointment was hailed by many of his colleagues at the bar — among them several Queen’s Counsel — who said that Jamaica would benefit tremendously from his expertise and analytical mind.

"He will make a good attorney general. He has a lot to contribute and I look forward to working with him in advancing the legal sector. I have the highest regard for him," former solicitor general Michael Hylton, QC, told the Observer as news of Braham’s appointment made the rounds.

Queen's Counsel RNA Henriques, Braham’s colleague at Livingston Alexander & Levy, noted then: "He is mature enough to deal with the problems of the state and give good advice [to the Government]."

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon