Bar association – CCBA LA http://ccba-la.org/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 01:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ccba-la.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Bar association – CCBA LA http://ccba-la.org/ 32 32 Lisa Wilkinson hires Australian Bar Association chair who slammed her Logies speech on Sunrise https://ccba-la.org/lisa-wilkinson-hires-australian-bar-association-chair-who-slammed-her-logies-speech-on-sunrise/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:46:43 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/lisa-wilkinson-hires-australian-bar-association-chair-who-slammed-her-logies-speech-on-sunrise/ Lisa Wilkinson calls out the best lawyer just hours after criticizing her speech by Logies on the Brittany Higgins case which has backfired dramatically with the accused rapist’s trial now delayed Channel 10 hires lawyer to represent Lisa Wilkinson, who could be charged The network contacted the President of the Australian Bar Association, Dr Matthew […]]]>

Lisa Wilkinson calls out the best lawyer just hours after criticizing her speech by Logies on the Brittany Higgins case which has backfired dramatically with the accused rapist’s trial now delayed

  • Channel 10 hires lawyer to represent Lisa Wilkinson, who could be charged
  • The network contacted the President of the Australian Bar Association, Dr Matthew Collins
  • Comes after he lambasted a media veteran on TV, saying she should know better

A high-profile lawyer who lambasted Lisa Wilkinson on breakfast TV for her “ill-advised” Logies acceptance speech was hired to represent her hours later.

The fallout from The Project host’s speech after winning an award for her interview with alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins stretched into a fourth day after the accused rapist’s trial was delayed as a result.

Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins was approached on Wednesday to represent Wilkinson and Network 10 over fears she could be charged with contempt of court or similar offences, The Australian reported.

Channel Ten confirmed that the network had hired Collins to portray Wilkinson.

“Network 10 and Lisa Wilkinson take their legal obligations very seriously, including in the preparation and delivery of her speech at the Logies event,” a spokesperson said.

Lisa Wilkinson (pictured during her Logies speech) could face contempt of court charges

“In light of the ongoing proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Dr Collins was approached just hours after warning there was a ‘serious possibility’ that Wilkinson could be held in contempt of court.

“It is certainly possible that authorities will review the speech she gave to the Logies and assess that speech against the standard that applies in this branch of the law,” he told Sunrise on Wednesday.

“That standard is, did anything she did tend to interfere with the administration of justice?”

He thinks Wilkinson, who has worked in the media industry for more than 40 years, should have known.

“You hope that whenever the media considers publishing a story about a serious criminal trial that is about to begin, they will be aware of the potential risks,” Dr Collins added.

“The mainstream media understands the risk inherent in reporting on cases that are about to go to trial, especially high-profile cases.”

Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins (pictured) was hired to represent the project host hours after criticizing his actions on Sunrise

Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins (pictured) was hired to represent the project host hours after criticizing his actions on Sunrise

“The fact is, everyone in our community faced with a serious charge like this is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and that means walking into the courtroom there should be no clue preconceived one way or the other, so that the jury just sits down and focuses very intently on the evidence as it unfolds in the witness box, and makes them forget everything they might have see in the media, or God forbid and often much worse, in social media.

This follows scathing comments from ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum on Tuesday after she was forced to postpone the trial of the accused Higgins rapist due to Wilkinson’s speech on Sunday night.

Wilkinson’s speech was watched by millions of viewers moments after winning a Logie for her one-on-one interview with Ms Higgins days after the former Liberal staffer went public with her allegations that she was raped in Parliament by a coworker.

Lisa Wilkinson (right) won a Logie for her TV interview with alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins (also pictured)

Lisa Wilkinson (right) won a Logie for her TV interview with alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins (also pictured)

Meanwhile, former Channel 10 weatherman Tim Bailey doubled down on his attack on Wilkinson with a crude tirade about his notorious Logies speech.

“Just accept your little F-ing and F off trophy!” he tweeted.

It was the second time Bailey had gone after his former colleague in 24 hours.

“Hey Lisa, keep your head down,” Bailey said in her now-deleted earlier post.

“I know it could be difficult, because he is a very big head. But please try.

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Thanks to the legal community https://ccba-la.org/thanks-to-the-legal-community/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:08:43 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/thanks-to-the-legal-community/ The BBA celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2022 and kicked off the year with a flag raising ceremony. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese The Brooklyn Bar Association has made incredible progress over the past two years since its darkest days at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was capped off two weeks ago at […]]]>

The BBA celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2022 and kicked off the year with a flag raising ceremony. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

The Brooklyn Bar Association has made incredible progress over the past two years since its darkest days at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was capped off two weeks ago at the association’s biggest in-person event since December 2019 – the 150th anniversary dinner.

There were nearly 350 people in attendance Thursday, June 2 at El Caribe at Mill Basin to celebrate the association’s milestone. Many were also there to recognize the winners – Avery Eli Okin, the longtime executive director who has now retired after 36 years; former President Steven Cohn; and all living past presidents of the association.

Since the Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation had been unable to hold its usual annual dinner for the past two years, this event was imperative to keeping the association alive and thriving.

Former President Gregory Cerchione (right) presents Avery Eli Okin with a Distinguished Service Award after serving the BBA as Executive Director for 36 years at the association’s 150th anniversary dinner on June 2, 2022.
Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo

Attendance at the event was a sign the legal community still relies on and rallies around the Brooklyn Bar Association. There were over 50 judges present, including the Hon. Hector LaSalle, presiding judge of the Appeals Division, second judicial department; at least half of the other judges of the Second Department Appellate Division; and the Hon. Retired Appellate Division judge Sylvia Hinds-Radix, who is now an attorney for NYC Corporation.

More than 15 former presidents were present. Hon. Miriam Cyrulnik, who was the youngest president when she served, spoke on behalf of the group and helped distribute medallions to each past president marking the occasion.

Gregory Cerchione presented Avery Eli Okin with the Distinguished Service Award and Richard Klass presented Steven Cohn with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

It was a dramatic evening that showed just how far the bar association has come. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez was the last person to host an event at 123 Remsen St. before the pandemic hit. When I took on the role of Director of Member Services full-time in January 2021, there was very little going on at the BBA.

Christina Golkin, President Anthony Lamberti and the rest of the officers helped organize a virtual yoga event in February in an attempt to rally the association. This was followed by a committee meeting led by Golkin and Anthony Vaughn to try to reinvigorate the committee chairs.

These changes materialized when the Family Law Section, the Elder Law Committee, the Trusts and Estates Section and the Surrogate Court Committee all held free and open meetings. Immediately, attendance skyrocketed, as members who don’t normally attend committees were suddenly very interested in hearing the daily updates from the courts during a confusing time.

That was enough to add momentum to a bar association that previously held no in-person meetings and virtually no virtual meetings for months. Suddenly, Continuing Legal Education started coming back, and a lunchtime chat with Bankruptcy Judge Hon. Elizabeth Stong took place in March. While it was still slow, there were regular events again.

Hon. Frank Seddio and President Armena Gayle were two of the top leaders in 2021-22 as the Brooklyn Bar Association came back from a slow period during the pandemic. Here they are pictured at the BBA’s first Christmas party in 15 years on December 16, 2021.
Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

This spring has been important for the BBA. Armena Gayle, the second black president in the association’s history, was installed and two in-person events were held.

The first in-person event was a small event hosted with the NYS Bar Association where outgoing President Anthony Lamberti and incoming President Armena Gayle welcomed NYSBA President Andrew Brown and the Hon. Hector LaSalle, who had just been appointed presiding judge of the Appeal Division, second department at the time.

There were 35 people at the event, held on the third floor of the Brooklyn Bar Association in May. Mostly BBA officers and administrative and supervisory judges. This set the stage for the in-person wine tasting event that was to come.

About 100 people showed up for the wine tasting, which took place at Giando on the Water in Williamsburg and was the first official in-person event in 15 months at the time. There was no dinner, no awards, just friends and colleagues who hadn’t seen each other in over a year. For those who were there, it meant a lot.

The Brooklyn Bar Association sponsored a spectacular in-person outdoor wine tasting event at Giando on the Water on June 8, 2021. This was the Association’s first in-person event since COVID-19.
Eagle archive photo by Mario Belluomo

After a quiet summer, the BBA was ready to kick off in September 2021 and began hosting weekly continuing legal education seminars. It also continued its regular committee meetings open to members. Virtual meet-and-greets with judges have also become a regular monthly event with judges including the Hon. Lawrence Knipel, Hon. Reginald Boddie, the Hon. Rosemarie Montalbano, Hon. Cheryl Gonzales and a few others sat down and answered questions from BBA members.

While all of this was going on, the BBA finally regained its annual Judge Ted Jones Memorial Golf Outing after a two-year hiatus. To make up for lost time, one took place in October and another last May. Having two in just seven months hasn’t hurt attendance, as there were more golfers coming out of May 2022 than any other since Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor attended when Arthur Aidala was president.

COVID, of course, slowed things down a bit in the winter of 2021/2022, and prevented the association from resuming its annual dinner in December. Instead, he managed a small party – the BBA’s first Christmas party in over 50 years.

This holiday party was the first in-person event at 123 Remsen St. that was open to all members in nearly two years, and over 100 people attended the catered event featuring the Hon. Lawrence Knipel on stage playing guitar with fellow members Bruno Codispoti and Kwok Kei Ng.

Things have been steady for the BBA since that holiday party. It has continued to hold regular virtual events, but many now offer a hybrid option, and in-person meetings are taking place regularly.

During this time, the BBA is able to maintain its Part 137 Fee Dispute program, hold regular committee meetings, CLEs, virtual meetups, run a mentorship program, and maintain its attorney referral service.

The BBA continues to be a pillar of the legal community and a pillar that almost no lawyer could live without. That’s why I’m very proud of my service time as Director of Membership Services. As of this month, I resigned from my position to seek a position where I, a second-year law student at the Touro Law Center, can better learn how to be a lawyer.

The Brooklyn Bar Association is in good hands with new president Richard Klass. It will continue to thrive for another 150 years and beyond. Thank you for showing me the best side of the legal profession.

Robert Abruzzese is the former legal editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and former director of member services for the Brooklyn Bar Association. Now as a legal columnist for the Eagle, Abruzzese writes about the BBA and the local legal community. You can reach him by email at [email protected]

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Bar Association urges law enforcement to exercise restraint as public languishes in queues https://ccba-la.org/bar-association-urges-law-enforcement-to-exercise-restraint-as-public-languishes-in-queues/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:13:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/bar-association-urges-law-enforcement-to-exercise-restraint-as-public-languishes-in-queues/ * Bar Association urges law enforcement to exercise restraint as public languishes in queues Saturday, June 18, 2022, 6:43 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. 18 June, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has stressed that it is of the utmost importance that those who apply the law act with restraint […]]]>

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Bar Association urges law enforcement to exercise restraint as public languishes in queues

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 6:43 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

18 June, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has stressed that it is of the utmost importance that those who apply the law act with restraint and caution in their dealings with the public.

“Thousands of people across our country wait in mile-long queues for hours. It is essential that police officers, in carrying out their duties, act with understanding and empathy and acknowledge the immense suffering of the public,” BASL President Saliya Peiris said in a statement.

MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SRI LANKA BAR ASSOCIATION ON THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION

Thousands of people across our country wait in mile-long queues for hours and sometimes days for gasoline and diesel. This is apart from the severe shortages of gas and other essentials that people have faced with no solution in sight. Many people are deprived of their regular income and have no way to feed their families. There have also been several reported deaths of people in queues and due to lack of medicine. The dire situation in the country has driven people to despair, leading to frustration and anger.

Over the past few days, there have been increasing reports of public concern, particularly at gas stations in several parts of the country.

Recent footage of a pistol-wielding police officer assaulting a member of the public at a gas shed in Maspotha, Kurunegala, and the ensuing exchange of words and scenes of violence at a petrol station service in Athurugiriya are just examples of the unstable situation across the country. .

We recognize the difficult environment in which members of the police and armed forces are forced to operate at present, as they and their families no doubt face the same pressures as the rest of the public. Nevertheless, it is of the utmost importance that those who enforce the law act with restraint and caution in their dealings with the public. It is essential that police officers, in carrying out their duties, act with understanding and empathy and recognize the immense suffering of the public. Law enforcement officials must, in all cases, act fairly and impartially. Any act seen as biased and unfair will add to the mistrust that already exists.

We call on the Sri Lankan government to take urgent and practical steps to ease the burden on the public and ensure that the needs of the public are reasonably met. Besides disclosing to the public the seriousness of the situation, it is of the utmost importance that the government regularly informs the public of its plans to bring the country out of the political, economic and social crisis; as well as on the ongoing progress of its work on these issues and its plans to address shortages of fuel and gas and other essential commodities and the progress of these plans.

BASL reaffirms that reassuring the population and building public confidence are important steps in dealing with these crises. Public distrust of government and law enforcement will have disastrous consequences for the country and cause irreparable harm.

Saliya PIERIS, CP
President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka

ISURU BALAPATABENDI
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Bar Association




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African Bar Association Rejects ICC Investigation into Nigerian Army https://ccba-la.org/african-bar-association-rejects-icc-investigation-into-nigerian-army/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:41:43 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/african-bar-association-rejects-icc-investigation-into-nigerian-army/ The President of the African Bar Association (AfBA), Hannibal Uwaifo, has said that the association will oppose the ongoing investigation into the Nigerian military by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Uwaifo said so during the opening of the first Conference on the Law of Armed Forces and Other Security Agencies 2022 yesterday in Abuja on […]]]>

The President of the African Bar Association (AfBA), Hannibal Uwaifo, has said that the association will oppose the ongoing investigation into the Nigerian military by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Uwaifo said so during the opening of the first Conference on the Law of Armed Forces and Other Security Agencies 2022 yesterday in Abuja on the theme “Enhancing the Operational Capabilities of African Armed Forces and Other Security Agencies: Law in as a vital instrument”.

He said the AFBA had, at its 2021 annual conference in Niamey, Niger Republic, expressed its opposition to the ongoing investigation into the Nigerian military by the ICC.

He reaffirmed that the AFBA would not support him and put in place all the mechanisms to make it clear to the ICC and to steer him away from that direction.

“We believe that the ICC should prosecute the financiers, supporters and promoters of these internationally recognized crimes who claim and continue to claim our security forces and innocent civilians, including women, children and the elderly every day.

“Countries will not continue to leave their defense in the hands of civilian government officials as they are not permanent and may not have the ability to navigate the internal workings of the ICC.
“The AFBA has established a commission of senior legal experts who are ICC registered lawyers, headed by a former president of the ICC Bar Association and life member of the AFBA Council , Chief Charles Taku.

“The AFBA will discuss this line of support with the Nigeria Defense Headquarters and leaders of other armed forces in Africa who require support,” he said.

The AFBA President said the conference was organized in conjunction with the Defense Headquarters to address the many complex security challenges facing the African continent.

He added that terrorism, banditry, kidnappings and scores of violent attacks are commonplace in most countries on the continent where the military and other security agencies enforce the law in their dealings and trainings.

Therefore, he said it was essential to employ legislative reform to build personnel capacity to meet global standards of engagement, especially in the asymmetric operations in which the armed forces were currently engaged.

According to him, the role of the military lawyer in the armed forces and other security agencies is very fundamental.

“Operational commanders are expected to seek legal advice and refuse it at their own risk.

“They are expected to know the latest in the legal field and be prepared to defend decisions made with their input,” he said.

Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, said the conference would help generate new approaches to countering security challenges through legal compliance.

Irabor, who was represented by the Chief of Defense Administration, Rear Admiral Muhammed Nagenu, said the conference was proof enough of the developing synergy between African military and civil society actors.

He said the conference will also generate a panacea to the security challenges on the continent ranging from insurgency, insurgency, banditry, terrorism, kidnappings and separatist unrest among others.

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The lawyers’ association alludes to a criminal act https://ccba-la.org/the-lawyers-association-alludes-to-a-criminal-act/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/the-lawyers-association-alludes-to-a-criminal-act/ Tinsukia: Tinsukia Bar Association has reacted strongly to the district administration’s ‘tasteless approach’ to ‘The Mirana’ hotel sealing case, calling for serious explanations from the administration and alluding to a criminal act. Why Executive Magistrate Niluram Sarma did not exercise his powers is something the administration must explain to the citizens, the Association said. ADVERTISING […]]]>

Tinsukia: Tinsukia Bar Association has reacted strongly to the district administration’s ‘tasteless approach’ to ‘The Mirana’ hotel sealing case, calling for serious explanations from the administration and alluding to a criminal act.

Why Executive Magistrate Niluram Sarma did not exercise his powers is something the administration must explain to the citizens, the Association said.

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Launch of a new online course on child-friendly justice for the Bar Association of North Macedonia https://ccba-la.org/launch-of-a-new-online-course-on-child-friendly-justice-for-the-bar-association-of-north-macedonia/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 12:47:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/launch-of-a-new-online-course-on-child-friendly-justice-for-the-bar-association-of-north-macedonia/ More than 100 lawyers from North Macedonia have signed up for a new HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) online course on child-friendly justice. The course was launched with the support of the joint actions of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Supporting better access to free and better quality legal aid […]]]>

More than 100 lawyers from North Macedonia have signed up for a new HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) online course on child-friendly justice.

The course was launched with the support of the joint actions of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Supporting better access to free and better quality legal aid services in North Macedonia” and “HELP in the Balkans West”, in cooperation with North Macedonia. Bar.

Faced with justice, children are thrown into an intimidating adult world that they do not understand. It is therefore necessary to ensure that access to justice and the processes within it are always child-friendly. In line with the 2012 Brighton Declaration, it is important to ensure that professionals working within the competent authorities of Council of Europe member states have a thorough and professional knowledge of the European Court of Human Rights and its jurisprudence on child-friendly justice. .

The objective of the course is to help relevant professionals to obtain a comprehensive overview of European standards concerning juvenile justice. This would contribute to a more successful and consistent application of European standards in their daily work.

The course was translated and adapted into the Macedonian language in 2020 and has already been successfully implemented in cooperation with the Bar Association on four occasions in 2020 and 2021. The success of the first series of courses has generated interest and the need to launch a new course on child-friendly justice with the Bar Association of North Macedonia.

During the launch event, participants received the necessary information on the technical aspects of online training on child-friendly justice through the HELP platform. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain certificates which will also be used to formally certify lawyers to handle cases involving children under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The implementation of the HELP online course on child-friendly justice is a joint activity of the actions “Supporting better access to free and better quality legal aid services in North Macedonia” and “HELP in the Western Balkans” in the framework of the European Union and Joint Program of the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2020”.

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Karaikudi Bar Association: High Court Closes Proceedings Against Karaikudi Bar Association | Madurai News https://ccba-la.org/karaikudi-bar-association-high-court-closes-proceedings-against-karaikudi-bar-association-madurai-news/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 02:49:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/karaikudi-bar-association-high-court-closes-proceedings-against-karaikudi-bar-association-madurai-news/ Madurai: After Karaikudi Bar Association in Sivaganga submitted an explanation expressing regret for passing a resolution asking its members not to appear for three men arrested for assaulting a couple of lawyers, the high court of Madras closed the proceedings against her.Ganapathy, Muthupandi and Vicky alias Vignesh were arrested by Karaikudi South Police for assaulting […]]]>
Madurai: After Karaikudi Bar Association in Sivaganga submitted an explanation expressing regret for passing a resolution asking its members not to appear for three men arrested for assaulting a couple of lawyers, the high court of Madras closed the proceedings against her.
Ganapathy, Muthupandi and Vicky alias Vignesh were arrested by Karaikudi South Police for assaulting a couple of lawyers due to an earlier feud. The three had directly moved the bench of HC Madurai to seek bail, saying that the Karaikudi Bar Association had passed a resolution asking its members not to appear for them in session court for bail. . Granting bail to the three men in April, the court observed that Article 22(1) of the Constitution provides that every defendant has the fundamental right not to be denied the right to consultation and to be defended by a lawyer of his choice.
Any interference with the fundamental right of the accused to be defended by a lawyer of his choice, even for whatever reason, is illegal and unconstitutional. The court had asked members of the association for explanations as to why the order should not be given to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to take action to withdraw the recognition of the association of the bar and why contempt proceedings should not be brought against his office. -carriers. In line with the court’s earlier ruling, the President and Secretary of the Karaikudi Bar Association offered an explanation that they passed the resolution as a sign of solidarity with victims’ advocates.
They argued that they should have refrained from passing such a resolution and also assured that the Karaikudi Bar Association would abide by constitutional mandates.
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Cornwall Bar Association says no to new bail bill | New https://ccba-la.org/cornwall-bar-association-says-no-to-new-bail-bill-new/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 22:51:48 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/cornwall-bar-association-says-no-to-new-bail-bill-new/ Cornwall Bar Association [CBA] Strongly condemns recent remarks by Legal and Constitutional Affairs Minister Marlene Malahoo Forte that those charged with murder may be denied bail under an amended bail law that the government could present soon. Talk to the gleaner Today, CBA President Michael Hemmings denounced such a proposal as unconstitutional and a violation […]]]>

Cornwall Bar Association [CBA] Strongly condemns recent remarks by Legal and Constitutional Affairs Minister Marlene Malahoo Forte that those charged with murder may be denied bail under an amended bail law that the government could present soon.

Talk to the gleaner Today, CBA President Michael Hemmings denounced such a proposal as unconstitutional and a violation of a defendant’s right to due process.

“Statements made about what will happen if this proposal goes into effect go against the very fabric of our rule of law and serve as a theft mechanism to strip us as citizens of the presumption of innocence until proven. on the contrary. This is a most unfortunate statement and current plans must be immediately abandoned,” Hemmings said.

On Tuesday, Malahoo Forte told the House of Representatives that in addition to those charged with murder, those charged with firearms offenses may also not be granted bail under the bill.

“If you’re charged with murder, you can’t be free, and if you’re charged with firearms, you can’t be free,” Malahoo Forte said, while noting that the wording of some of the clauses of the current bail law is being reviewed.

In response to concerns that murder defendants could interfere with witnesses or have themselves killed while out on bail, Hemmings pointed out that the bail application process allows the court to properly determine whether an accused should be detained or not.

“The Bail Act currently states that a ground for denial of bail is if the accused is likely to commit an offense while on bail. Therefore, when considering bail, the court may make the necessary assessment whether such a person has the propensity to commit an offence, and if the answer is yes, bail may be refused,” explained Hemmings.

“However, to say that people should not be released on bail for firearms offenses or murder is unconstitutional and unacceptable.”

The proposed amended legislation is not a new idea, as the Andrew Holness administration had previously sought to take steps to change the bail law as early as 2016, to prevent those accused of murder from obtaining bail. release on bail in certain circumstances.

Previously, the Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that certain amendments to the bail law violated the Jamaican Constitution. At that time, amendments allowed those charged with serious offenses to be barred from bail for up to 60 days.

The Supreme Court struck down those changes after lawyers Norman Godfrey and Marcus Greenwood, representing two people held under bail law, argued the changes were unconstitutional, inhumane and interfered with the judge’s discretion to grant bail for certain offences. , including murder. Lawyers had also argued that the amendments took away a citizen’s basic right to bail.

Under section 4.1 of the current Bail Act, bail may be denied to a defendant if the court has reason to believe that he would commit an offense while in custody. bail, failing to attend custody as required, interfering with witnesses or otherwise obstructing the course of justice with respect to himself or another person.

Section 4.3 of the law states that a defendant may also be denied bail if it is determined that he should be kept in custody for his own safety.

– Christopher Thomas

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Stroock Wins American Bar Association’s 2022 Pro Bono Publico Award https://ccba-la.org/stroock-wins-american-bar-associations-2022-pro-bono-publico-award/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 19:54:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/stroock-wins-american-bar-associations-2022-pro-bono-publico-award/ NEW YORK, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Bar Association (ABA) announced that Stroock will receive the 2022 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award, which recognizes the firm’s outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services for the underserved and disadvantaged. This is the highest honor bestowed by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Volunteerism and Public […]]]>

NEW YORK, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Bar Association (ABA) announced that Stroock will receive the 2022 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award, which recognizes the firm’s outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services for the underserved and disadvantaged. This is the highest honor bestowed by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Volunteerism and Public Service, which will present Stroock, one of five recipients, with the annual 5 August at the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago.

“We are honored and grateful to receive this recognition,” said Alain Klinger, co-manager of Stroock. “Public service is a pillar of our firm which we are constantly working to develop and refine for maximum impact. It is a privilege to do this work, and we are proud to see the dedication and enthusiasm of our lawyers to recognized respect.”

“This humble award is a testament to our attorneys and professional staff who make high-impact pro bono work a priority, and to Stroock’s enduring commitment to equality and justice. We consider the recognition of ABA not as the culmination of our work, but rather as a catalyst that will spark new efforts and amplify our existing efforts to help those most in need, both through our own initiatives and in partnership with our many public interest allies,” said Kerry Coopermandirector of Stroock’s pro bono program, the Public Service Project.

The award recognizes Stroock’s 2021 pro bono efforts in a variety of areas, highlights of which include:

  • Mobilization in times of crisis. Drawing on the company’s two decades of experience leading disaster relief efforts, Stroock established the Afghan Refugee Assistance Task Force in the summer of 2021, as the Taliban began to take control of Afghanistan. The task force has since provided emergency humanitarian, immigration, resettlement and other assistance to vulnerable Afghans and their families. Stroock also extended the work of the Small Business Legal Relief Alliance (SBLRA), which Stroock launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and which has since provided pro bono legal and financial support to more than 750 small business owners. and New York nonprofit organizations. Kevin Curninformer partner and founding director of the Stroock Public Service Project, provided key vision and leadership in the creation of the SBLRA and in building Stroock’s disaster relief expertise.
  • Criminal justice reform and advocacy on behalf of incarcerated people. Stroock has partnered with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to help restore voting rights to previously incarcerated people across Florida. He also works with legal service organizations on issues aimed at reducing excessive criminal sentences, preparing clemency applications and improving conditions in prisons.
  • Serving the underserved. Stroock helped obtain a precedent-setting decision in a lawsuit alleging that a New York City charter school engaged in practices aimed at forcing students with disabilities to opt out. The firm has also supported the efforts of the Legal Aid Society to advocate on behalf of noncitizens affected by prior marijuana convictions.
  • Serve those who serve others. Stroock has also provided valuable legal support to charitable non-profit organizations through New Yorkand nationally, including Community Access, Highland Park Community Development Corporation and Goddard Riverside Community Center.

Stroock’s longstanding commitment to serving the public interest began with civic reform efforts spearheaded by the company’s founders more than a century ago. In 2001, Stroock launched its Public Service Project – one of the first practices of its kind to be run by a full-time volunteer partner – to provide a multidisciplinary approach to delivering comprehensive disaster recovery-focused legal services. , innovative collaborations and underserved services and under-resourced communities.

About the ABA Pro Bono Committee
The ABA Standing Committee on Volunteering and Public Service works to ensure access to justice through the expansion and improvement of the provision of legal and other law-related services to the underserved through the pro bono efforts of legal professionals nationwide. The Committee promotes the development of pro bono programs and activities by law firms, bar associations, corporate legal departments, law schools, government attorneys’ offices and others; analyzes the scope and function of pro bono programs; and proposes and reviews policies that affect the ability of lawyers to provide pro bono legal services.

About ABA
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Hawaii Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Hosts Free Legal Clinics in June https://ccba-la.org/hawaii-bar-association-young-lawyers-division-hosts-free-legal-clinics-in-june/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:09:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/hawaii-bar-association-young-lawyers-division-hosts-free-legal-clinics-in-june/ June 7, 2022, 11:09 a.m. HST * Updated June 7 at 11:10 a.m. Free State Bar Association of Hawaii YLD Legal Clinics. The Hawaii Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is hosting Law Week 2022 from Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 26. One of YLD’s annual projects is its Law Week program, a week dedicated […]]]>

June 7, 2022, 11:09 a.m. HST
* Updated June 7 at 11:10 a.m.

Free State Bar Association of Hawaii YLD Legal Clinics.

The Hawaii Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is hosting Law Week 2022 from Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 26.

One of YLD’s annual projects is its Law Week program, a week dedicated to enhancing the legal profession and highlighting the important roles of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals in the community.

As part of Law Week, YLD is offering free virtual and in-person legal clinics to the public across the state.

Virtual Clinics for YLD, i.e. Law Week Legal Line, will be held every weeknight during Law Week from 6-7 p.m. Callers are encouraged to call and speak to a pro bono attorney about their legal demands. All volunteer lawyers will give free legal information (not legal advice).

If you are interested in speaking with a volunteer attorney for legal information on the Legal Line, call 808-537-1868 between 6-7 p.m. June 20-24, 2022.

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The YLD will also be hosting several free in-person legal clinics across the state from Saturday, June 25 through Sunday, June 26. The services provided at these in-person legal clinics will be identical to those provided during the Legal Line.

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The YLD Legal Clinic on Maui will be held at the Sunday Market at the Kahului Mall on June 26, 2022. If you would like to speak with a volunteer attorney in person, please visit us at the Sunday Market on June 26, 2022 from 4-8 p.m.

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