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High number of new lawyers, General Legal Council concerned

Published:Friday | March 7, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The General Legal Council says it is facing challenges including ensuring that lawyers comply with the legal regulations.




The council is a statutory body set up to regulate the legal profession and uphold standards of professional conduct.



It singled out that there are challenges in getting lawyers to file their annual accounting reports as well as to have current practicing certificates.



The Council has also expressed concerns about the high number of new admissions to the legal profession.



One-hundred-and-twenty-seven new lawyers were licenced over the 2012-2013 period.



The Council says it anticipates that the number will grow to 170 for the period April 1, 2013 to March 31 this year.



The Council says there are more than 3,000 attorneys on its roll, however only 1,535 had practicing certificates for the period April 1, 2012 to March 31 2013.



Meanwhile, the General Legal Council says that 214 complaints were filed against lawyers for alleged misconduct over the period April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, representing a slight decrease over the previous year.



The data on complaints against lawyers is contained in the council’s annual report tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday.



Of the 650 cases it had to deal with last year, 157 were disposed of.



Of those cases, most of the lawyers involved were cited for professional misconduct.



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