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Legal Practitioners’ Bill update: Premier aims for 2019 date

A new Legal Practitioners Bill could be heading to the Legislative Assembly next year.
But only if government secures support from a majority Caymanian lawyers.
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin made the comments during a debate on amendments to allow the merger of the Caymanian Bar Association and the Law Society.
He said all the international assessments and pressure bearing down on Cayman demanding an updated lawyer’s legislation still remains. But he said the law will not go forward without backing.
“No for one moment would I suggest that the Bill that we had or any Bill we bring is going to be perfect. But I know, and I am going to say right here and now, there is no way that Alden McLaughlin as Premier is going to permit a bill to come down, here again, that does not have the support or at least that I believe has the support of the majority of Caymanians in the profession,” the Premier said.

The amendments were approved Wednesday (14 November) night, 13 members voted for, 3 were absent and 2 voted against.

The last attempt to update the law was withdrawn from the LA after objections from some quarters in the local legal fraternity.

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Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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