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Jan 16, 2015

Bar Association Hosts Law Conference

‘Reforms, Rights and Remedies’ is the theme for the Bar Association’s 2015 law conference.  Following the press encounter with Justice Dennis Byron, attorneys, magistrates and legal practitioners from across the country converged at the Radisson for the conference.  It is the second such symposium since Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay assumed presidency of the Bar Association of Belize two years ago.  One of the topics for discussion was the phenomenon of managing digital assets; information accumulated online which include email accounts and social media pages, in the event of the owner’s demise.  Courtenay told the media that there is a conscious effort to host a similar forum annually where issues pertaining to law and the practice of law can be discussed within the legal fraternity.

 

Eamon Courtenay, President, Belize Bar Association

“There is a wide range of topics that will take place throughout the day, starting with a discussion by a presenter from England on digital assets.  Things like if a person dies [and] suppose they don’t leave a will or if they don’t leave a will who has a right to contact Gmail, you know, Yahoo to get their password.  Who has the right to their Facebook and that type of thing?  So there have been cases in that area and she will be talking to us about that.  Then we get into the criminal reform, there are some significant reforms that are being proposed and are very near implementation in Belize, for example, anonymity of witnesses.  Circumstances in which witnesses will be able to give evidence in cases from remote locations and no one knowing who they are.  Then a more commercial topic, a presentation on the question of the rights and remedies of persons who are being pursued by creditors and we have two speakers who are going to be giving speeches on very recent developments in the law on the appointment of receivers, the rights of receivers, circumstances in which debts can and cannot be recovered, mistakes or serious issues in drafting legal documents which then years later people have to rely on to collect, the implications of that.  This afternoon we’ll be talking about reform in the family law, the rules relative to divorces, custody et cetera in Belize are over eighty years old and practitioners have pointed out that they’re very, very inappropriate for today’s circumstances and so we’ll be having presentations on that.”

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