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Bar Association welcomes Supreme Court injunction

Published:Wednesday | November 5, 2014 | 2:11 PM

The Jamaican Bar Association (JBA) says it welcomes a Supreme Court decision granting an injunction which halts the implementation of measures mandating lawyers to report their clients for suspected financial crimes.



The Bar Association has registered strong objections to sections of the amended Financial Investigation Division and Proceeds of Crime acts which were approved by Parliament in July.



The Bar Association claims the new requirements will damage the rights of Jamaicans to an independent legal profession and erode the fundamental principles of justice.



Bar Association President, Donovan Walker, says he is pleased that Justice Skykes granted the injunction until the case is tried.



The matter has been scheduled for a three-day trial starting on February two next year.



The JBA says the new laws could lead to the unravelling of the system of justice resulting in anarchy, tyranny and a breach of democracy.



Other professionals affected by the new requirements include Public Accountants, Real Estate Dealers and Casino and Gaming Machine Operators.



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