Pursuant to the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1935, this Commission of Inquiry was established on October 31st, 2019 by the Premier,David Burt .
The Commission has been directed to inquire into historic losses of citizens’ property in Bermuda, in keeping with the
mandate of the House of Assembly as expressed in its Resolution of July 4th, 2014.
The Chair of the Commission is Justice Norma Wade-Miller OBE, JP. Its members are Mr Wayne Perinchief, Mrs Maxine Binns, Mrs Frederica Forth, Mrs Lynda Milligan-Whyte, Mr Jonathan Starling and Mr Quinton Stovell.
As part of its mandate, and based on the evidence it will hear, the Commission will make recommendations to the Government of Bermuda that may compensate for historic land losses, refer cases to the Director of Public Prosecutions where appropriate, and/or may make recommendations that might forestall future land losses by any unlawful or irregular means.
As the Commission is not a court of law, it will not issue any orders that will address individual land losses, except as part of a result of a systemic cause, nor will it attempt to provide an individual remedy for any loss.
On March 8th, 2020 the Commission issued a Notice that a Planning Hearing would be held on March19, 2020.
On March 13th, 2020 the Premier of Bermuda stated: “To ensure public safety, I can confirm that all Government public events will be cancelled for the next four weeks.
“Additionally, we are urging event organizers and sporting bodies with anticipated gatherings of more than 50 people, to postpone their events.”
In order to comply with the spirit and letter of the Premier’s announcement, and keeping in mind the health and well-being of Bermudians who might have planned to attend the Planning Hearing, the Commission decided to adjourn the Planning Hearing without specifying a date for its resumption.
Given the current uncertainty when the public aspect of the work of the Commission may resume, but wishing to advance its work, the Commission has decided to deal with all the applications for standing based on the written materials already submitted to it.
To that end, and since there will now be no oral submissions (at the Planning Hearing) that may provide additional context for the
written material already submitted, the Commission has decided to invite persons who may wish to make oral submissions in support of their application for standing to file any additional written evidence they wish to rely on, together with a brief statement in lieu of their oral submission.