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Lawyers urged to pay statutory fees by January 1

Published:Monday | December 29, 2014 | 9:50 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Practising lawyers in Jamaica have just two more working days to pay their statutory fees for the upcoming year or risk facing disciplinary action.




There are more than 3,000 attorneys registered with the General Legal Council, a statutory body set up to regulate the legal profession and uphold standards of professional conduct.



The fees, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 are due on or before January 1, which is New Year’s Day and a public holiday in Jamaica.



The fees, payable under the Legal Profession Act, must be paid to the Secretary of the General Legal Council.



Attorneys who have been practising for fewer than five years since earning their practising certificates, are required to pay $5,000.



A $20,000 fee is set for lawyers who have been practising for more than five years but less than 15 years.



Those practising for 15 years and over are required to pay $30,000.



Retired lawyers must pay $10,000.



Lawyers in their first year of practise who apply for their certificates after September 1 are required to pay $5,000.



The General Legal Council says fees by attorneys who are called in other jurisdictions will be calculated using the date on which the lawyer was first admitted to practise.



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