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Bar association to monitor legislative reform agenda

Published:Tuesday | April 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Chad Bryan, Star Writer

NEWLY ELECTED president of the Jamaican Bar Association Donovan Walker has indicated that under his stewardship, the association will continue to monitor the Government's legislative reform agenda.

"Right now, for instance, we are looking at the changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act. We're looking at changes to insolvency and bankruptcy legislation and the Government has an aggressive legislative reform, which seems to be heavily driven by International Monetary Fund (IMF) changes," Walker said. "However, we feel that even more important than IMF changes are legislative reforms that protect the people of Jamaica."

Walker, who replaced Ian Wilkinson, was elected to the post at the annual general meeting of the association on March 22.

Honoured to lead

"I am humbled and honoured to lead the Jamaican Bar Association. I believe that we have an excellent team of attorneys on the Bar Council, all of whom are committed to serve the legal profession, the justice system and all Jamaicans."

He added: "Our aim is to make relevant, timely and impactful contributions to our system of justice, the practise of law and to advocate strongly for changes in our legal system for the benefit and service of the Jamaican people, as well as our noble legal profession," Walker remarked following his election.

Attorney-at-law Sherry-Ann McGregor was elected to the post of vice-president of the association.

A three-pronged plan for major developments is also to be instituted under Walker's leadership.

"The first approach is to ensure that the bar association administratively is running properly. We want to ensure that, for all members, we put in place a suite of benefits that are relevant to them, an increase continuing legal education offering, internal offices, and library and resource room at the bar office," he pointed out.

There are also plans for group health insurance of the association's members and a working partnership with key players in the Ministry of Justice to ensure that adequate changes are made to the justice system, which will include getting more courts, among a number of other elements.

chad.bryan@gleanerjm.com