Gros Islet Gunman charged
The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project has kicked off its region-wide sensitisation programme on Continuing Legal Professional Development (CLPD) in St. Kitts.
The regional justice sector reform project hosted this first meeting in conjunction with the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association to raise awareness among its members about CLPD and the move towards making it mandatory in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.
Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director, IMPACT Justice noted that professional development is an important continuous improvement process.
“There is always a need to learn and develop. Continuing Legal Professional Development is something IMPACT Justice feels very strongly about and we would want to see it happening on a region-wide basis,” she said. “The importance of CLPD is to keep legal professionals in the region updated with relevant training, information, knowledge and skills to remain competent throughout their careers.”
Currently, Jamaica and Grenada are the only CARICOM member states to have legislation which deals specifically with continuing legal education.
Professor Newton shared that the IMPACT Justice Project held a meeting on legal professionalism in Jamaica earlier this year, at which the current Bar Association Presidents from around the region pledged their support behind CLPD for lawyers.
“IMPACT Justice received the full support and commitment of the Bar Associations around the region for the move towards implementing mandatory CLPD. Jamaica is the foremost with respect to Continuing Legal Education in the region and this is the model with which we agreed to move forward,” she disclosed.
The featured speaker for the awareness building session, Michael Hylton, QC, chairman of the General Legal Council in Jamaica, shared the Jamaican perspective in his presentation Continuing Legal Professional
On Saturday, May 30, 2015 the police formally charged 29-year-old Denver Melville of Reduit, Gros Islet for the offence of possession of firearm. Melville was charged in connection with a shooting incident which occurred on Friday, May 29, 2015 about 2:05 a.m. on Dauphin Street, Gros Islet
Melville made a court appearance before the First District Court on Monday, June 1, 2015 when he was granted bail.
The bail conditions are as follows: bail set at EC$5000, suitable surety or land document.
Melville is ordered to report to the Gros Islet Police Station daily at the hours of 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Melville is also assigned to a curfew between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily and should not be within 100 yards of the Friday Night Gros Islet Street Party.
Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director,