Government was blasted as ineffective in the House of Assembly by One Bermuda Alliance MP Shawn Crockwell, who called it unacceptable that the Immigration Appeals Tribunal still hasnt heard a single case.
However, National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief argued back that the Tribunal was only gazetted in February, owing to difficulties in finding lawyers who could sit together on the tribunal without conflicts of interest.
The Shadow Business Development Minister rose during the Motion to Adjourn to decry the Tribunals reported lack of activity.
The legislation, which allowed for immigration grievances to go before an independent body of experienced barristers and attorneys, was passed by the House in July, 2011.
However, Mr Crockwell said: Here we are now in June 2012, and I have found out that this Appeals Tribunal has not even met once and in fact has not even been properly constituted.
The reason why, almost a year later, is because they have not removed the rules and regulations to govern how they are to conduct their business.
Telling the House that justice delayed is justice denied, Mr Crockwell added: Applicants are wondering what is going on.
Revealing that his legal clients had complained to him about the situation, Mr Crockwell was subjected to calls from across the floor that he was bringing his own business into the House.
Mr Crockwell also took Government to task over the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act amendments passed earlier this year, saying mixed status couples still had to buy land licences.
And he said the Dogs Act of 2008 still had not come into effect because it had not been gazetted.
National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief rose next to respond that his technical team had just sent him a response regarding the Immigration Tribunal.
The time it took was because of the difficulty finding four lawyers who were not conflicted and were prepared to serve, Mr Perinchief said. There were several we approached, and several refused.
He said the group has indeed met, and had requested some of their rules be made more comprehensive.
Matters pertaining to EU law, and the right to family life, Mr Perinchief said, were matters even now evolving.
As for land policy, he continued, an inflated figure was on the land register for the amount of land sold in Bermuda.
That anomaly has been corrected, he said.
Government Estates Minister Michael Scott rose to add that a number of laws were not yet in effect, including parts of PACE legislation.
This is the normal course, Mr Scott said, adding: What we should look at is the raft of legislation that has been passed in just this session.