Bar wants to have more muscle

RANDY BENNETT, randybennett@nationnews.com

Added 21 April 2017

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President of the Barbados Bar Association, Liesel Weekes. (FILE)

THE HEAD OF the Barbados Bar Association wants its disciplinary committee to have more power to deal with dishonest lawyers.

The association’s president Liesel Weekes feels such a move would allow for the committee to “have more teeth”.

As it stands, the disciplinary committee can only make recommendations for action to be taken against any lawyer who it believes has acted in an unprofessional manner.

Only the Court of Appeal can suspend or disbar a lawyer from practising in Barbados.

Speaking to the WEEKEND NATION, Weekes said in some Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, the disciplinary committee had the power to disbar a lawyer.

While she hasn’t called for such authority, Weekes said she would like legislation to be passed to allow members of the committee to be able to discipline lawyers to some degree.

Please read the full story in today's Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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