Legal Practitioners Committee reconstituted

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Acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards in consultation with the Bar Association of Guyana on Thursday reconstituted the Legal Practitioners Committee (LPC)-which was non-operational for some time-with twelve Attorneys-at-Law as members.

From left to right (standing): Ms Emily Dodson, Mr Robin Stoby, S.C., Ms Dionne Mc Cammon, Narendra Singh, Kim Kyte-Thomas, Ayana Mc Calman (representative of the Attorney General), Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Kamal Ramkarran, Andrew Pollard and Devindra Kissoon. From left to right (sitting): Ms Tracy Gibson, Ms Faye Barker-Meredith and Ms Mandisa Breedy

The LPC is the body established under the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 4:01 which is charged with hearing and determining complaints against Attorneys-at-Law with disciplinary powers.

The twelve appointed members of the Committee are; Robin Stoby, S.C., Rafiq Khan, S.C., Ms Emily Dodson, Andrew Pollard, Teni Housty, Ms Tracy Gibson, Moenudin Mc Doom, Narendra Singh, Devindra Kissoon, Ms Dionne Mc Cammon, Ms Mandisa Breedy and Ms Faye Barker-Meredith.

Moreover, the Bar Association in a released statement said that Attorney General, Basil Williams S.C, and the Solicitor General, Kim Kyte-Thomas are ex officio members of the Committee.

The members of the Committee shall hold office for three years after which the life of the Committee as constituted expires.

According to the Bar Association, the Committee shall sit in two divisions of seven members each. Division 1 shall be chaired by Robin Stoby, S.C. and Division 2 shall be chaired by  Andrew Pollard.

In brief comments to the Committee at the Court of Appeal, Justice Cummings-Edwards, thanked the Attorneys-at-Law for giving of their service and encouraged them to make recommendations for the strengthening of disciplinary powers over Attorneys-at-Law.

The Bar Association in its release noted that “persons who feel aggrieved against an Attorney-at-Law may lodge a complaint with the Secretary of the LPC, Jewel Campbell, at the Court of Appeal in Kingston, Georgetown.”

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