Gros Islet Gun­man charged

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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,

IM­PACT Jus­tice.

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