Not enough attorneys practising criminal law – AG

This island’s latest batch of attorneys is being encouraged to get involved in the transformation of the judicial system.

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite made the appeal in his address to 53 attorneys, who were admitted to the Bar during a special sitting of the Supreme Court this morning.

Making reference to the high percentage of prisoners on remand at HMP Dodds, Brathwaite said that situation was unacceptable, adding that there was need for more attorneys in the field of criminal law.

The 53 attorneys admitted to the Bar here today.

“Just this morning I saw a report that suggested that we had around 700 individuals on remand which is an unacceptable situation and I want us collectively to do as much a possible to see how we could right that situation,” Brathwaite told the gathering, which included judges, magistrates and other court staff.

He revealed that plea-bargaining should soon be introduced, but there were still concerns that there were not enough attorneys practising criminal law.

“I want to encourage the applicants here, as many as possible, to join us in that quest to have more [attorneys] at the criminal Bar,” he added.

Brathwaite also urged the new lawyers to adopt the best practices of the profession and also called on the seniors to get involved in more mentorship even though he was satisfied that the new batch of attorneys would make  the Bar stronger.

Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson also echoed the Attorney General’s sentiments saying: “There are too few lawyers practising criminal law . . . . The problem is of course that . . . so many of the new attorneys . . . are women [and] I understand the trepidation of a young woman going up to Dodds to interview prisoners.

“Nonetheless even if you have to take somebody with you, I want to urge you to dedicate some of your time to criminal law because those persons who are in the prisons are going to need your assistance,” he said.

He also urged the group, which included two Jamaican nationals, a Canadian and a British national, to be mindful of their reputation, as it “is your most valuable possession”.

Speaking on behalf of the new attorneys,  Taylor Laurayne said they should seek to debunk the perception that the average attorney was “crooked”.

“We have the task of working towards changing that perception. It won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight, but we can begin by refusing to do, support [or] encourage dishonest actions and taking steps to ensure that our work and our relations are transparent and well documented,” she said.

“We stand here 53 strong. Now is when we must prove that this many attorneys, this increase in the number of legal minds, is a good thing. We clearly have the quantity now. We must prove our quality,” she added.

Last year 45 attorneys were admitted to the local Bar.

20 Responses to Not enough attorneys practising criminal law – AG

  1. Marilyn Curreny
    Marilyn Curreny October 14, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Congrats

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  2. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 14, 2017 at 12:45 am

    TO THE ONE IN THE PURTTEY ROBE, WHERE IS JOHN ANELL? TO DAY IS THE 13TH…IS HE REPORTING TO THE POLICE STATION AS HE WAS INSTRUCTED? OR IS HE STILL ON VACATION? HUMMMM TALK ABOUT CRIMI—–NAL PRACTISING LA-W

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  3. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite October 14, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I hope this bunch .turn out better than the attorney
    I used , when I had business to conduct when I was
    in Barbados.!
    That crooked attorney still owes me cash.!
    Never mind .easy come/ easy Go..
    Choose your attorney wisely .. !
    My ex attorney …he will go unnamed .!
    Nice to see the ladies represented in this picture ..!
    Good luck to you all…

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    • Maureen Burgess
      Maureen Burgess October 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Tell we if he is seated in front or side, but one like to look out the entrance. I gone

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  4. Carlos Holligan
    Carlos Holligan October 14, 2017 at 3:54 am

    This A.G.last name like it is Trump not Brathwaite ask yourself why you went and did Corporate Law instead of criminal..Your parents decided that I’ll bet..

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  5. Carlos Holligan
    Carlos Holligan October 14, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Well we have a different type of criminal now the one that turns up at your home with a pocket full of either drug or other blood money wanting you to represent them in court

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  6. Carlos Holligan
    Carlos Holligan October 14, 2017 at 4:00 am

    They won’t want your services Mr.A.G.because your new law to be inacted they might not be able to purchase a piece of the rock.

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  7. Saga Boy October 14, 2017 at 4:09 am

    By the end of next year we will have another 50 lawyers graduating. How many lawyers retire every year? Where are they being absorbed? Is the number of lawyers who graduate each year a reflection of the real demand for lawyers or is it just an attractive area of study? How many persons who graduated as lawyers over the last 15 years are practicing as lawyers?

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  8. harry turnover October 14, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Saga Boy, I was just about to ask the same question.Where are all these Lawyers going to work.It makes no sense making Law a profession these days There are simply TOO MUCH around
    Years ago one told me that he doesn’t make any money as a Lawyer he has to do other things to make money and that was over 20 years ago.

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  9. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte October 14, 2017 at 4:48 am

    But can most criminals afford the services of a lawyer?

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  10. Mark Rosmar October 14, 2017 at 4:55 am

    The point he’s missing is that they are too many criminals.

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  11. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose October 14, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Why do you all look like a bunch of colonial clowns wearing that relic of English law outfit.
    Change that relic and adopt our own. Brand of court room attire.
    Its dated and brings back memories of slavery and the brutal suppression by English law.

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  12. Cheryl Cumberbatch
    Cheryl Cumberbatch October 14, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Really??

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  13. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis October 14, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Wunna could post the names, doh! It was their day.

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    • Milli Watt October 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Taylor Laurayne said they should seek to debunk the perception that the average attorney was “crooked”. No need they will be on the front page being escorted just now

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  14. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Is the CJ living under a rock saying that he only read about 700 prisoners on remand the same morning as speech and did not know that statistic before hand,sounds like a load of b/s this has been going on for many years seriously who he trying to fool..

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  15. gsmiley October 14, 2017 at 9:21 am

    @Wayne Hoyte that’s why a lot of them don’t practice criminal law. Lots of those who did have since left the courtroom and opted to pursue other areas of the law.
    These guys don’t/can’t pay and the attorneys are left with huge receivables which they cant collect.

    Worse if the client is incarcerated . That fee is dead

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  16. hcalndre October 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

    The AG and the C J are two of the same clueless jurists. The CJ have not done anything to correct the inept justice system in Barbados, the PM went the 9 yards to have him as CJ passed on so I don`t know what was so special about this CJ. Barbados has to close to 1000 attorneys now and its difficult to find one that are not going to rip you off, especially their overseas clients. People should be able to go on the internet and get information on an attorney and the politicians too. They CJ should put the dishonest attorneys in jail as he seen it done in NY where he was before he was brought to Barbados.

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  17. Jo public October 15, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Civil justice in Barbados is even worse with so many attorneys yet so many unfinished cases going on more than 10 years!!!!

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  18. jrsmith October 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

    This is what barbados is and will finish as , half the black population as lawyers would be as like building a house and employing all painters, cant move forward or backward……..

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