Director of Public Prosecutions Dennis Merchant is one of two names put forward to replace Attorney General Delano Bart when he demits office in as early as August.

While the name of the other candidate was not disclosed, a source close to the legal fraternity said it was a local person. He was unable to confirm reports that appeared in another section of the press that the Government may look outside of the Federation for a replacement.

Contacted by this newspaper, Merchant did not confirm nor deny being offered the position of Attorney General.

It is understood that the British-trained Bart, who has held the AG post for 11 years, is likely to go into private practice with the law firm of Kelsick, Wilkin and Ferdinand.

Bart, who was appointed AG in 1995, has a distinguished profile as a legal luminary and has appeared in a number of Civil Rights and Pubic Order matters.

He also sat on a variety of criminal cases.

To his credit, he was a delegate on Constitutional talks on St. Kitts/Nevis in 1982 and was admitted to the Anguilla Bar that same year. In 1989 he was also admitted to the Antigua Bar.

Between 1993 and 1994 he served as Assistant Counsel to a Commission of Inquiry in the Bahamas.