Attorney ordered to comply with MOCA
Attorney-at-law Dawn Satterswaite has been ordered by the Court of Appeal to comply with a consent order she agreed to with the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency or be held in contempt of court.
The consent order was for Satterswaite to go through files taken from her office with MOCA representatives as part of a money-laundering investigation by the agency.
The order requires that files that are irrelevant to the investigation will be returned to her.
Satterswaite’s office on Duke Street in downtown Kingston was raided by the police last December.
The attorney initially began complying with the order and then discontinued.
Satterswaite later filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking an order to set aside the search warrant obtained by MOCA.
Attorneys Caroline Hay and Nigel Parke, who represented MOCA, opposed the application on the grounds that the warrant was issued by a judge of equal jurisdiction.
They also argued that Justice Bertram Morrison, who was hearing the application, had no authority to hear it.
The attorneys contended that Satterswaite would have to take such an application before the Court of Appeal.
Justice Morrison ruled that he had jurisdiction to hear the application and MOCA took the issue to the Court of Appeal.
This afternoon, Hay told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the Court of Appeal agreed with MOCA’s arguments and ruled that Satterswaite must abide by the consent order.
Satterswaite was represented by attorneys at law Douglas Leys and Kimone Tennant.
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