Sunday 15 September, 2019

AG meets with law school reps on Legal Professions Act ruling

Pictured above (L-R): Kevin Seeharack, Academy of Tertiary Tutors; Cintra Phillip, Academy of Tertiary Tutors; Regan Rowans, Institute of Law and Academic Studie; Kristal Madhosingh, Legal Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General & Legal Affairs; Faris Al-Rawi, MP, Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs; Tenille Ramkissoon, Legal Counsel II, Ministry of the Attorney General & Legal Affairs; Carol Cave, Dawill Law Academy; Soraya Latchman- College of Legal Studies

Pictured above (L-R): Kevin Seeharack, Academy of Tertiary Tutors; Cintra Phillip, Academy of Tertiary Tutors; Regan Rowans, Institute of Law and Academic Studie; Kristal Madhosingh, Legal Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General & Legal Affairs; Faris Al-Rawi, MP, Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs; Tenille Ramkissoon, Legal Counsel II, Ministry of the Attorney General & Legal Affairs; Carol Cave, Dawill Law Academy; Soraya Latchman- College of Legal Studies

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi met with representatives of law schools in light of the recent judgment in the matter involving Dianne Hadeed against the AG, LATT and the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Hadeed challenged section 15 (1A) of the Legal Professions Act which the court ruled as unconstitutional as it discriminates against non-nationals who want to practise law in T&T. The ruling means that no one, including T&T nationals, can apply under section 15(1A) of the LPA to be admitted to practice in the country. 

The legislation gave T&T cit­i­zens who did not ob­tain a post-grad­u­ate Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (LEC) from the Hugh Wood­ing Law School, an advantage to prac­tice law without all the hurdles. So citizens who ob­tain post-grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the Unit­ed King­dom or an­oth­er Com­mon­wealth ju­ris­dic­tion and are ad­mit­ted to prac­tice in those coun­tries, qual­i­fy un­der the sec­tion af­ter com­plet­ing a short six-month course at the law school in­stead of the com­pet­i­tive two-year LEC pro­gramme, which has lim­it­ed spaces but is open to all CARICOM na­tion­als. nations do not benefit from the law.

The judge has since suspended his ruling until October 4th to al­low Par­lia­ment to amend the law or appeal the decision. 

The representatives from the various institutions the AG met with on Thursday include the Institute of Law and Academic Studies; the Academy of Tertiary Tutors; College of Legal Studies and Dawill Law Academy.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, AGLA Tower, Government Campus Plaza, corner London and Richmond Streets, Port of Spain.

Also present at the meeting were Legal Counsel II Tenille Ramkissoon and Legal Counsel Kristal Madhosingh, both of the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs.

 

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