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Mar 20, 2013

Raising the bar, Attorney General seeks common ground

Wilfred Elrington

There is another issue that Minister Elrington discussed today. And though he’s just back in the country and says he hasn’t been briefed on the Bar’s response to the proposed amendment to the Legal Profession Act, Minister Elrington insists that he is at all times prepared to dialogue. Four recommendations were brought out at the Bar Association meeting on Monday night. One is that the Bar would be responding formally to the draft proposals. Two is that the Bar would seek a legal opinion on whether or not compulsory membership in the Association is unconstitutional. Three is that the Bar would propose a committee to examine the Legal Profession Act in its entirety. And four that the Bar would engage the government in addressing some of the genuine concerns that were raised in terms of the future activities of the Association. While the AG has not received the response in writing, today he seemed amenable in seeking common ground with the Association. 


Wilfred Elrington, Attorney-General

“Actually, I am always in favor of dialogue and discussion. I think they can always enhance thoughts and ideas so I will not be violently opposed to any such suggest. I have not received any; certainly prepared to look at them. And as I say, I believe in dialogue and discussion s if I think that what they are coming up with is going to be enhanced by dialogue and discussion, I am sure I’d be prepared to look at it favourably.”


According to Courtenay, the Bar Association has written to the Solicitor-General asking for two weeks in which their recommendations can be carried out. While they have not received an official response, every indication today was that Elrington is inclined to relax his hard line just a bit.

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4 Responses for “Raising the bar, Attorney General seeks common ground”

  1. Rod says:

    Instead of engaging in communistic activities Elrington should start doing his job and protecting this country from Guatemala who is making us look totally silly damm this ya pm and gov can’t get nothing right.

  2. jajaja says:

    these people are so uneducated and useless! All they are doing is stealing millions of dollars from the taxpayers and living the great life. The only people that are trying to something is Dion and Bradley. We should vote them in for PM!

  3. Storm says:

    I’m beginning to appreciate what Shakespeare said in “Henry VI”: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

    There seems to be a lot of scheming, conniving, and so on amongst the bar, but it appears all to be for personal or political gain, nothing for the good of Belize.

  4. Observer says:

    You guys sound pretty self-righteous.

    There are a lot of great lawyers in Belize who do a lot of pro bono or low priced work to help poor people who have been chancied. Just happens they’re not in the news prancing in front of camaras. Belize prolly has 100 or so lawyers, and I bet you can only name 10 at the most.

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