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Bar association reminds lawyers to maintain good conduct

Published:Friday | June 10, 2016 | 4:17 PM

The Jamaican Bar Association is reminding attorneys they must conduct themselves with the highest standards of the profession.

It says the same applies to judges.

The association notes that the Canons of Professional Ethics requires attorneys to maintain the honour and dignity of the profession and abstain from behaviour which may tend to discredit the profession and to maintain a respectful attitude towards the Court.

The Bar association is reacting to discussions in the public domain about the clash in court on Monday between senior attorney K.D. Knight and Supreme Court judge, Lennox Campbell, in the Trafigura case.

Knight and the judge engaged in several testy exchanges one of which involved the Queen's Counsel admitting that he was being hostile to the judge and refusing to follow certain directives.

Knight has received some flak from some members of the public with calls being made for him to face disciplinary action.

The Bar Association says a judge has the power and responsibility to maintain the dignity of the court and, where necessary, may sanction attorneys who behave inappropriately.

It further points out that any person who is aggrieved by the alleged professional misconduct of an attorney has the right to lay a formal complaint to the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council.