LAWYERS in the NEWS

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No single profession attracts the ire of Barbadians like lawyers. On a daily basis For example, we often hear complaints about lawyers taking unreasonably long periods of time to transfer monies from clients accounts to their clients. The complaints come from Barbadians living overseas  who having entrusted life long savings (pensions) to lawyers to settle various transactions in absentia or Barbadians on the rock who have no choice but to take on the stress of the legal system to process routine transactions.

The Bar Association (BA) has done little to assuage the concerns by Barbadians that it is an efficient self regulating body.  Suggestions to include ordinary folks on the BA’s Disciplinary Committee has not met with a favourable response. There is a sense lawyers and by extension the legal system has the country in a vice grip headlock.    Where are ordinary citizens to turn for justice if the Court System, its trusted officers (lawyers) and the BA continue to NOT satisfactorily resolve concerns from citizenry?

BU accepts bad apples are to be found in all professions – doctors, engineers, construction class, bankers and the list is very long. However, what cannot be denied is the ‘omnipresence’ nature of the legal profession on our little society. What cannot be denies is the right of Barbadians to assign priority to issues affecting them as they think fit.  The time for citizens, ordinary and others, to fight back.

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  • Have these ten new judges made a difference. Stats, please.
    BT
    “On the day observed as the start of the legal year, Smith-Millar told Barbados TODAYthe association would continue to closely monitor the situation at the court and the impact of ten new judges on the number of outstanding cases languishing in the judicial system. “We are extremely pleased that we have more judges on board to deal with the backlog as well as being able to spread the load perhaps a bit better now that they are more of them and bring court matters to a faster conclusion. That’s really our outlook on it. We hope that we can work with them,”

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  • This is where the BBA should be helping the public by giving us the information. The public is vested in an a well functioning court system.

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  • Judge: Delays in justice system make society fearful

    by HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON heatherlynevanson@nationnews.com

    SUBSTANTIAL DELAYS in the judicial system as accused wait years to be tried could have the trickle-down effect of making citizens “feel unsafe, skittish and uncooperative”.
    “Justice is denied every day both to those accused and those who fall victim to crime in this society and, furthermore, to the society at large, which has to dwell in the abyss of our state of affairs,” Justice Carlisle Greaves said.
    The judge’s comments came as he dealt with an 11-year-old matter in the No. 3 Supreme Court.
    Sherwin Ambrose Brathwaite, of 1st Avenue, Hoyte’s Village, St James; Akeem Jamal Alleyne, of Forde’s Tenantry, Silver Hill, Christ Church; as well as Dwayne Ricardo Gibson and Devere George Junior Small, both of Silver Hill, Christ Church, were back before the judge after pleading guilty to entering Silver Fox Arcade on January 13, 2011, and stealing $20 340, an external hard drive and a power supply belonging to Palace Amusements Ltd and at the time with a firearm.
    They had also confessed to entering the arcade on the same date and stealing a cell phone, a wallet and $450 belonging to Michael Bramble and at the time had a firearm.
    Senior State Counsel Neville Watson appeared for the prosecution, while Brathwaite was represented by attorney Lesley Cargill-Straker; Alleyne by Queen’s Counsel Michael Lashley and attorney Sade Harris; Small by Meshach Thornhill and Gibson by Ajamu Boardi.
    The judge fined each offender $5 000.
    Alleyne was ordered to pay $2 000 of the fine forthwith and the remainder in two weeks or two years in prison, while Gibson, Small and Brathwaite were ordered to pay their fines in two weeks or spend two years in default.
    Each man was ordered to return to court on May 6, with their receipts, to confirm that the fines were paid.
    Justice Greaves said a major concern in the case for him was the substantial delay in bringing the matter to trial.
    “The delay in our court system is legendary,” he said.
    “A society which notes that criminal battles are going to be dealt with promptly and those who offend it are dealt the justice they deserve and those who are offended receive the justice they merit becomes a confident society, the members of which cooperate with legal authorities when necessary. They will be less fearful when they are required to offer assistance to bring to justice those who should be brought to justice,” he said.
    “But a society having to dwell in an environment of substantial delay, while accused are left to roam for long periods, begins to feel unsafe, skittish and uncooperative and fear for their welfare.”
    The judge noted that if the judicial system was going to work properly for the benefit of everyone, then justice must be speedy, efficient and just.
    “When delay is as substantial as this,” the judge said as he referred to the matter involving the four men, “it presents courts with a significant dilemma when it comes to the issue of sentencing”.
    He said the four men had committed a serious offence but each appeared to have subsequently become a law-abiding citizen.
    “People may do bad things at some time in their lives and, over the years thereafter, they might continue to do bad things. They might become worse or they might do no further bad things and they become better.”
    The judge, however, noted it was of concern to the court that the firearm used in the offence had not been recovered.

    Source: Nation

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  • So Noel Lynch will be serving time, maybe Dodd’s should have a lawyers’ wing

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  • @Sargeant

    Leroy Lynch is the name.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    wrong Lynch

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  • Another one.

    “I am 85 years old and this thing has taken a great toll on my life,” Huggins said yesterday.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/2022/05/18/lawyer-wont-pay-town-house/

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  • Sorry folks
    Slip of the fingers, thanks for the correction

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  • Attorney to give address today
    Money laundering accused attorney Ernest Winston Jackman yesterday begged for more time to prepare his closing address, saying he was unable to do so because there was “confusion” with clients in his office.
    He will now address the jury today.
    The attorney of Wiltshire Plantation House, St Philip, is on trial for stealing $678 414.75 belonging to HEJ Ltd, between June 23, 2006, and March 5, 2007.
    He is also accused of engaging in money laundering in that he disposed of sums totalling $678 414.75 being the proceeds of crime.
    Conducting own defence
    Principal State counsel Krystal Delaney is prosecuting, while Jackman is conducting his own defence.
    Jackman was scheduled to address the jury in the No. 5 Supreme Court yesterday.
    However, when the matter was called, Jackman told the court: “I thought it would be easy to prepare something but there was a lot of confusion in the office with clients.”
    As a result, he asked for “a little more time” to prepare his closing.
    Justice Pamela Beckles then granted him an adjournment until today.
    A jury of six women and three women has been hearing the evidence.


    Source: Nation

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  • New York (CNN)Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 from his former client, adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

    District Judge Jesse Furman said Avenatti’s conduct was “so brazen and egregious” adding, he “took advantage of a vulnerable victim given her unorthodox career and somewhat unorthodox beliefs.”
    Avenatti was convicted in February of one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faced as much as 20 years on the wire fraud charge and a mandatory two-year sentence for aggravated identity theft.

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  • QC raps 3-year delay in case
    by BARRY ALLEYNE barryalleyne@nationnews.com

    THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE in Barbados’ Court of Appeal are still turning too slowly, says prominent criminal defence attorney Andrew Pilgrim.
    The Queen’s Counsel is bemoaning the three years it took for that court to reach a decision for his client, Jamar DeWayne Bynoe, one of the Campus Trendz killers.
    Bynoe was sentenced to death six years ago for his September 3, 2010 actions, and yesterday while his convictions were affirmed, the court ordered that he be sent back to the High Court for a fresh sentence.
    “My main concern here is not about the resentencing; that is neither here nor there. It’s about the delay to get this decision. This is ridiculous,” Pilgrim told the MIDWEEK NATION. “People always say the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) is critical of us, but we have to be critical of ourselves. Any decision that takes this long is going to be called under serious scrutiny because it makes you wonder what have you been doing all this time when you should have been deciding.”
    Pilgrim said he had filed Bynoe’s appeal back in July 2019.
    “It’s really unfortunate that it took this long. The Court of Appeal puts itself in a difficult position when it takes this long to give a decision about when a person should be in prison or sentenced to hang, or not. When they have a decision that affects all these things and they take this long to give it, it implies that you’re going to give a decision that they should stay in prison.
    “I wrote the Court of Appeal for bail for my client about two months ago, and I believe as a result of that application, this decision is now given. One wonders if I did not apply for bail for him, if they would not have put themselves in position to give that decision. It certainly looks that way,” the senior lawyer added.
    However, in response, Attorney General Dale Marshall told this newspaper that the authorities continued to work diligently on the judicial backlog.
    “There is absolutely no doubt that for years now the legal system has been plagued by delays and there still remains a problem of backlog. In the last four years since coming to Government, we have implemented a number of major initiatives, including increasing the size of the bench, and especially the criminal bench, to break the back of this problem,” he said.
    “I can say that the delays of which counsel complained in the Court of Appeal relate to an earlier period, and the court as currently constituted has taken a decision to systematically deal with those cases to get them through the system.
    “Regrettably, indications are that there are about ten cases in the Court of Appeal which will require rehearing, but that will be left to the current court. I am assured by the Chief Justice, Sir Patterson Cheltenham,
    that there are no appeals that have been filed in recent times that are languishing in the system and that delays in the Court of Appeal will no longer be a feature of that court.”
    Marshall added that in terms of the High Court, COVID-19 presented serious challenges to having criminal cases being heard, since the jury system ground to a halt during the height of the pandemic, and there were also times when prisoners could not be brought down to court.
    “In the face of these challenges, I cannot help but compliment our five judges on the criminal bench who worked tirelessly, even when there could be no jury trials, to effectively dispose of a large number of criminal cases.”
    Formerly of Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael, Bynoe was found guilty in July 2016 of the murder of six women – Shanna Griffith, Kelly-Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellishaw Olivierre, Nikita Belgrave and Tiffany Harding – in the Campus Trendz blaze on Tudor Street, The City.
    He was ordered to be hanged, but in 2018 the CCJ ruled that Barbados’ mandatory death penalty amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, in the historic Jabari Nervais And Dwayne Severin vs The Queen case.
    Through his attorney, Bynoe had appealed on nine grounds but they were challenged by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Alliston Seale. Yesterday, Justice of Appeal Margaret Reifer said the original Court of Appeal panel had found no merit in the nine grounds, but since the mandatory death sentence had been removed, the sentence would be vacated and the court would be remitting Bynoe’s matter back to the High Court.
    Pilgrim confirmed his intention to appeal to the CCJ.

    Source: Nation

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  • Back page of Barbados Today.

    “association takes steps to disbar convicted lawyers”

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  • @ Hants
    What disbar convicted lawyers what??!!
    This is just the usual bull shit that is to be expected from an profession where it has become undeniable that stealing from clients is ENDEMIC.
    ANYONE who hires a lawyer who has already been convicted of thief, DESERVES what they will get.

    The REAL issue, and what the Bar Association SHOULD be addressing, is protecting the public from those lawyers NOT YET CONVICTED, but from whom the public needs protection.
    The way to do this is to be PROACTIVE with complaints received, be transparent with investigations, and to POLICE the ongoing activities of their peers.

    The lotta shiite PR talk has become overbearing …..

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  • 3 sons added to the legal fraternity.

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