Attorney facing fraud charges loses battle with General Legal Council
Attorney-at-law Jade Hollis, who is facing fraud charges, has lost her bid to get a stay of a disciplinary hearing by the General Legal Council into a complaint against her.
Hollis had contended that the hearing should be put on hold in light of the fact that a criminal case is before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
She contended that the complaint before the legal council is the same matter before the court.
Attorney-at-law Daniella Gentles-Silvera who represented the council, objected to the application.
She argued that the application should have been filed within seven days after the committee’s ruling.
The court was told that the disciplinary committee had refused the application on July 7 this year and Hollis filed an appeal on August 17.
Court of Appeal judge Justice Hilary Phillips upheld the submissions and refused the attorney’s application.
The judge said Hollis may seek to file a new appeal seeking an extension for it to be heard by the Full Court.
Hollis is facing four counts of fraudulent conversion.
It is reported that she fraudulently collected more than $12 million while she was being retained as a carriage of sales of a real estate company.
Hollis is out on bail in the sum of $3 million with surety.