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Bar Association welcomes call for Senior Counsel

Screen shot 2014-05-12 at 8.36.16 PMThe Guyana Br Association has welcomed the call for Senior Counsel made by Supreme Court over the weekend. The last appointment was 18 years ago. The big question is would leading Attorney Nigel Hughes put in an application.

One of the persons who could lead the list of those in the running for Senior Counsel would be Nigel Hughes, but it is uncertain if he will reach out. During the 2011 elections campaign, then President Bharrat Jagdeo had said Hughes would never become a Senior Counsel under his watch, and said he doubted if the man who would replace him, as has turned out, Donald Ramotar would ever do so.

Hughes at the time had said that Jagdeo’s statement confirmed a long held belief in the legal profession that the conferral of the status of senior counsel by the regime is a political act. Further, Hughes had said that Jagdeo’s statements have considerable implications on the independence of the judiciary. Mr Hughes was not immediately available to comment on whether he would put in an application.

The Guyana Bar Association has welcomed the announcement and call for applications. President Ronald Burch-Smith said that the appointment of new senior counsel is long overdue.

The Court this weekend called for Attorneys who meet the criteria,

Including over 15 years of active practice at the Bar, to make written applications.

The candidate should have expert up – to – date legal knowledge with a record of accurate and relevant application of such knowledge and a record of written and oral advocacy.

Applications, supported by endorsements from at least two referees, are to be with the Office of the Chancellor by the end of the month.

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