Sir Michael Barnett daughter to be named Registrar
Michaela Barnett-Ellis, the daughter of failed Free National Movement (FNM) candidate and former Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett will be appointed as Registrar, the Gallery has learned.
Barnett-Ellis is moving on up from her position as a member of the Board of Directors at the National Insurance Board. She was appointed to the NIB board by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis following the 2017 General Election.
She is following in the footsteps of her father who was fixed up by successive FNM governments after his failed election bid.
Barnett was the FNM candidate for Fort Charlotte but lost to Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate Alfred Sears, who held the seat in parliament for two consecutive terms.
After the FNM regained power in 2007, then Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham appointed Sir Michael as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs in 2008.
Ingraham then ensured his good pal Sir Michael became Chief Justice in 2009 - a position he held until 2015.
Then after the Free National Movement won in 2017, Barnett returned to the bench in December 2017 as Acting Justice of the Court of Appeal.
In March 2019, he was sworn in as Justice of the Court of Appeal.
As Sir Michael’s career begins to wind down, the FNM is now ensuring his daughter is straight by appointing her to key positions.
The months leading up to the next election are proving to be trying for public servants as they watch the Minnis Administration slide its cronies and their family members into top government positions in an attempt to cling to power.