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Chief Justice redirects letter on lawyer’s concerns to LA

Chief Justice Hon. Anthony Smellie has recommended a letter brought to his attention outlining allegations leveled against local law firms be more appropriately brought to the attention of the Legislative Assembly.

Those allegations, including discriminatory practices and breaches of the Legal Practitioners law and the Immigration law, now form part of a controversial motion in the LA.

The letter was shared by MLA Winston Connolly with permission of an unnamed attorney who wrote to Mr Smellie on the issue, as well as, concerns over the new Legal Practitioners Bill up for debate in the LA.

The MLA says the attorney’s name has been redacted, but he believes the letter and the CJ’s response are critical to the issue.

In that letter Mr Smellie says the attorney’s correspondence raises very important concerns which should be considered by the legislature.
“I suggest that you raise the concerns with them if you have not already done so and may, if you wish, bring this response to their attention,” Mr Smellie wrote.

Mr Connolly says the attorney’s letter, as well as, the Chief Justice’s response have been circulated to all MLAs. He says his intention is not to quash the lawyer’s bill. However the issues identified must be discussed.

“The 17 of us need to speak up and say what we feel about this issue. Whether or not we think everything is fine or whether or not we think we need to have some serious conversations about the legal profession in the Cayman Islands and create avenues for our people,” Mr Connolly said.
Mr Connolly said he will table both letters in the LA when debate on the motion begins. The motion calls for an investigation and the prosecution of law firms breaking the law.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 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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