Members of the public have recently been expressing concern about matters that affect access to justice or the business community. The Jamaican Bar Association (JBA) has been proactive in addressing some of these concerns. In its 2012 conference, it examined the reform of the Bankruptcy Laws, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and Identity Theft at the National Land Agency.
This year, it has a number of issues to tackle and has hit the ground running. Following the lead of its president Ian Wilkinson, the Bar commences the year with a seminar geared towards promoting efficiency in the management of cases at the criminal bar. This seminar will be held at the Norman Manley Law School on February 2, at 9:30 a. m. It will take the form of a panel discussion lead by Dennis Morrison, judge of appeal, Althea McBean, defence counsel and Claudette Thompson of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Lawyers and members of the public with an interest may contact the Bar Association's office for details of the costs of attending.
Between March and April, the Bar will aim to deal with issues relating to anti-doping in sports, as well as technology and its impact on the delivery of legal services. The Bar urges you to follow its events on Twitter at: #2013jambcle for upcoming seminars and conferences.