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Jan 12, 2015

Bar Association Presidents Calls for Unity

Eamon Courtenay

The revised Legal Profession Act caused some stir among members of the Bar Association in September when the amendment resulted in the discontinuation of compulsory attendance.  In retrospect, the move by government is similar to the prescription presently being tossed around amid the sugar crisis…that individuals and parties should be free to establish associations independent of the Bar and the B.S.C.F.A., respectively.  While Attorney General Wilfred Elrington has since gone on record to respond to various criticisms, the splintering, nonetheless, is viewed as a deliberate attempt to disband the association.  This morning, President Eamon Courtenay urged for unity among attorneys in carrying out their social responsibilities, as well as the work of the Bar Association.

 

Eamon Courtenay, President, Bar Association of Belize

“It is no longer necessary or obligatory for persons or attorneys-at-law to remain members of the association.  On behalf of the executive of the bar association, I would like to make a public call to all my colleagues to remain members of the association, to join the association beginning at the end of this month in its new incarnation to continue to support the work of the association.  There is no other body in the legal profession that will continue to do the work that will assist the judiciary, to assist the judicial arm, to assist the government and to advance reform and revisions of the law besides the Bar Association of Belize and I urge members and I urge attorneys-at-law to join the association voluntarily.”

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