by Shawn Cumberbatch

A Barbadian found guilty of four charges of misconduct involving two former clients, has had his days as a practising New York lawyer cut short.

Colvin Cleon Goddard’s more than year-long suspension as an attorney-at-law there has now become full disbarment.

And reports today indicated the former resident of Boscobelle, St. Peter had accepted the decision, announced yesterday by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department, without a fight.

In its ruling the court panel upheld a number of decisions made last year by a Special Referee and also ordered that Goddard be “disbarred, effective immediately, and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law”.

Other orders included that the Barbadian “shall continue to comply with this court’s rules governing the conduct of disbarred, suspended, and resigned attorneys”; that he “shall continue to desist and refrain from … practicing law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk, or employee of another, … appearing as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission, or other public authority, giving to another an opinion as to the law or its application or any advice in relation thereto, and holding himself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law”.

Secure pass returned

The court also ordered that his secure pass issued by the Office of Court Administration “be returned forthwith to the issuing agency, and the respondent shall certify to the same in his affidavit of compliance”.

Goddard, who is a former Anglican cleric in Barbados, but is currently not licensed to perform such duties here, is believed to be currently out of the island, having been here as recently as August, sources told Barbados TODAY.

He had faced and was found guilty of three charges of failed to cooperate “with a legitimate investigation by the Grievance Committee into a complaint of professional misconduct, in violation of rule 8.4 (d) and (h) of the Rules of Professional Conduct”.

The other charge was that he “converted guardianship funds entrusted to him as a fiduciary, incident to his practice of law, to his own use and benefit, in violation of … the Rules of Professional Conduct”.

Did not attend hearing

In its decision yesterday, the New York court noted that previously Goddard “mostly denied the allegations and denied the charges, but elected not to appear at the hearing, leaving only his attorney to make an appearance”.

“His attorney, however, called no witnesses and presented no evidence on the respondent’s behalf. Based on the evidence adduced, the Special Referee properly sustained all of the charges. Accordingly, the Grievance Committee’s motion to confirm the Special Referee’s report is granted,” it said.

The court also said Goddard “has communicated through his attorney that he does not contest his disbarment”. shawncumberbatch@barbadostoday.bb

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