December 16, 2014
SVGBA successfully wraps up its 2014 Law Week activities

The St Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association has just wrapped up the activities to mark 2014 Law Week.

A release from the association said, “by and large the programmes unfolded as planned.”{{more}}

These programmes included: The lawyers prayer breakfast hosted by Advocates SVG, “The Law and You” television program by Queen’s Counsel Parnel Campbell; the API- television programme that featured three lawyers – Tamika Da Silva-Mc Kenzie, a Crown Counsel from the DPP’s Office; La Tiesha Sandy – legal officer from the F.I.U and Duane Daniel from the private bar.

“One of the week’s highlights was the pro bono day clinic at the Peace Memorial Hall where 13 lawyers gave free legal services for a working day, and saw 50 people, some with more than one legal matter. There has been a call for more pro bono days and the association is looking at the proposal,” the release said.

The Bar’s own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions, which were held at the Beachcombers Hotel, came in for much praise from both local and OECS colleagues. The presenters were Justice Persad who dealt with two topics in criminal law – The Evolving Landscape of Criminal Evidence – an Analysis of the Privy Council decisions reshaping the Law of Criminal Evidence; The Emerging Overlap between Criminal Law and Public Law-Judicial Review and Constitutional Law; and

Master of the Court – Raulston Glasgow who wrapped up the training with his presentation on the Impact and Interpretation of the CPR 2000.

The activities of the week ended with a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the French Veranda on Saturday night, where Parnel Campbell QC and Douglas Williams Esq. received awards, respectively, Legal Luminary Award 2014 and 50th Anniversary of Call Recognition Award; and a friendly lunch at Young Island on Sunday.

The release said the Bar Association is now concentrating on programmes for term 2 of the law year. These activities include: drawing of the raffle; sports and games event; mock trial; visits to secondary schools; The Agnes Cato Memorial Lecture (March); CPD training; attendance at OECS Bar Association council meeting overseas.

The Bar Association thanked all who supported Law Week including their sponsors, other contributors and all their members.