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Attorney Paulette Warren-Smith gets another disciplinary hearing

Published:Friday | January 16, 2015 | 8:06 PM

Attorney-at-law Paulette Warren-Smith, who was struck from the roll of attorneys eligible to practice in Jamaica last year May, is to get another hearing by the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council.



The Court of Appeal gave the instruction for the re-hearing when her case was mentioned this week.



The instruction was based on recommendations made by Justice Ingrid Mangatal in July last year when she granted a stay of the committee's ruling.



The stay allows Warren-Smith to continue to practise as an attorney-at-law.



She was disbarred following complaints by a couple that she failed to keep them up to date in relation to land transactions.



Warren-Smith, who is being represented by attorneys-at-law Leonard Green and Sylvan Edwards, had appealed the Committee's ruling on the grounds that it wrongly concluded that she had failed to account to the complainants for work done.



She complained that the manner in which the case was dealt with was unfair, unjust , unconstitutional and deprived her of an opportunity to respond to the claim.



She said the committee proceeded on the basis that she was properly served with a notice to attend the hearing.



She contended that she was not served and there was no adequate effort on the part of the committee to ensure that the complaint made against her was brought to her attention.



THE GLEANER MINUTE




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