Thieving lawyers shouldn’t be in charge of themselves
by Passin thru
Lawyers are one of the few groups in our society who get to set their own rules and are allowed to discipline their own wayward children without being accountable to anyone except themselves.
Now the lawyers are having a fight over paying dues to the Barbados Bar Association. You might remember this is the same Barbados Bar Association that usually lets thieving lawyers repay stolen money to not go to jail. Regular thieves don’t usually get such a deal in the courts!
And when citizens dare mention how many crooked lawyers there are, the Barbados Bar Association blames the victims – the public – for choosing crooked lawyers “at random”!
“If the lawyers don’t respect their own Bar Association enough to pay fees, then it’s time for the citizens to step in.”
I’d call upon Parliament to set up a citizens’ committee to provide oversight and discipline to lawyers, but too many of the MPs are lawyers themselves so the likelihood of change is about the square root of zero.
What an incestuous bunch they are and it’s all out of control at the moment.
Over the High Court
A High Court judge will have to determine whether lawyers are obligated to pay annual fees to the Barbados Bar Association to practise.
The association’s council has decided to take the matter to court because many attorneys at law refuse to pay the fees, but are still working.
Lawyers have to remain financially up to date to practise law as mandated by the 1973 Legal Profession Act.
President of the Bar Association, Andrew Pilgrim, said it would apply to the Supreme Court within the next few days for a “declaratory judgment”.
A recent release by the Bar Association revealed that more than 50 attorneys still aren’t up to date on their bar fees, inclusive of a few who are to become Queen’s Counsel
“Our only concern is that so many lawyers still haven’t paid their fees,” Pilgrim told the MIDWEEK NATION.