Aspiring attorney loses law schools’ challenge at CCJ

first_imgThe legal challenge alleging that the Law Schools’ admissions process discriminates against holders of non-University of the West Indies (UWI) law degrees was dismissed on Friday in a judgement delivered at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).The Council of Legal Education was established in 1971 by the Agreement Establishing the Council of Legal Education and operates three law schools in the Region – the Norman Manley Law School, the Hugh Wooding Law School and the Eugene Dupuch Law School.These law schools award a Legal Education Certificate and the Agreement provides that no person can be admitted in the signatory countries to practice asJason Jonesan Attorney who does not hold this certificate.However in July 2018, Jason Jones filed an application for special leave against the Council of Legal Education (CLE), the Council for Social and Human Development (COHSOD), and the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).Jones, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London, a Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law, and a Graduate Diploma in Law. In 2015 and 2016 he, sat the law schools’ entrance examinations but was unsuccessful on both attempts. He paid the requisite fees for the examination in 2017 but did not sit the exam, as he stated that he was “too disenchanted and discouraged with the entire process”.Jones contended that the proposed defendants have infringed, and continue to infringe, his rights and benefits under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which speaks to the free movement of skilled nationals and acceptance of qualification among member states, because, without a Legal Education Certificate, he is not entitled to practice law in the region.In its decision on Friday, the CCJ considered the objection raised that the Court had no jurisdiction over the CLE. It noted that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which was made in 2001, after the Agreement establishing the Council, makes no mention of the CLE or the Agreement.Furthermore, the Court noted that the CLE was not a principal organ of the Community and that it did not even enjoy the status of an institution or associated institution of the Community and as such proceedings could not be commenced against the CLE as an institution of Community.In view of these considerations, the Court dismissed the present application for special leave but left it open for the applicant to decide whether, and how, to seek the redress he claims.last_img read more

Sharon breathing on his own

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM (AP) – Strains of Mozart filled the hospital room where Ariel Sharon moved his limbs for the first time since suffering a massive stroke five days earlier. The small movements were responses to pain. Doctors hoped he would respond to the pleasure of classical music as well. On Monday, doctors cut down on sedatives that have kept Sharon in a medically induced coma and began extensive tests to determine how much damage the stroke caused. In the coming days, doctors must discern whether Sharon will ever be lucid enough to return to power, with experts expressing doubts. If not, Israel’s Cabinet would have to choose a successor to serve as premier until March 28 elections, and the campaign, on hold because of Sharon’s illness, could get underway. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert – Sharon’s loyal ally and a proponent of unilateral withdrawals from more Palestinian-claimed lands – is seen as the most likely heir. The Palestinians’ political future, which was to be decided in Jan. 25 parliamentary elections, also appeared in limbo. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Monday that the vote would take place on time, but Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Yousef warned his security forces would not be able to protect polling stations against gunmen. Abbas’ Fatah Party fears it will be embarrassed by the Islamic militant Hamas in the election, and there is concern Fatah-linked gangs will attack polling stations if defeat becomes apparent. Before Sharon’s stroke last week, he had been expected to handily win re-election, then use his third term to try to draw Israel’s final borders by pulling out of large parts of the West Bank and completing a separation barrier with the Palestinians. Former President Clinton said Sharon’s stroke is a blow to peace efforts. “All of us who believe in peace in the Middle East are in his debt, and so more than anything else, I pray for his health,” he said. On Monday, doctors at Hadassah Hospital began gradually reducing Sharon’s sedatives to rouse him from the induced coma he has been in for five days so they can assess brain damage. They are also hoping Sharon, a classical music aficionado, will respond to the music playing in his room. Dr. David Liebeskind: an associate neurology director of the UCLA Stroke Center who is not involved in Sharon’s treatment, said it was “relatively unusual” to try to stimulate response of a stroke patient or someone coming out of a medical coma through music but he noted that there is no specific protocol “for how to rouse such a patient.” “This is not a standard approach but as the brain is quite complex, it might respond to various types of input,” he said. “There are specific parts of the brain that may respond more so to musical stimuli.” Doctors said Sharon’s chances of survival have improved, but he is not out of danger. They said they will not have a full picture for several days. “We are just at the beginning of a very long way,” said his chief surgeon, Dr. Felix Umansky, briefing reporters for the first time. “It’s too early to talk about the cognitive issue.” After the level of sedatives dropped, Sharon started breathing on his own, though he remains hooked up to a respirator and unconscious. He also lifted his right hand and leg slightly in response to pain stimulation, said Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, the director of Hadassah. Sharon’s response is a “very important” sign and indicated his brain stem is working, but it’s still too early to assess what impact the massive bleeding he suffered in his right brain would have on his cognitive abilities or on the left side of his body, Umansky said. Doctors will continue lowering the level of sedatives in Sharon’s body over the next several days, he said. Sharon has not yet opened his eyes – doctors were hoping he would do so when the sedative levels dropped further – and outside experts cautioned there is no assurance he will wake up at all. “His chances of survival are better than if the respiratory center had been damaged, but that still doesn’t mean he’s going to survive,” said Dr. John Martin, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at University College in London. Martin said Sharon’s weight and age work against him. Doctors had kept Sharon in an induced coma and on a respirator since Thursday to give him time to recover from the stroke and three brain surgeries. Umansky said the doctors could put Sharon under again if his condition worsens. If it is determined that Sharon is permanently incapacitated, the Cabinet would have to elect a new prime minister within 24 hours, from among the five sitting Kadima Cabinet ministers who are also lawmakers. Olmert, who is among the five, was named acting prime minister after Sharon’s stroke. The uncertainty over Sharon’s condition has unsettled Israelis. At the entrance to the hospital Monday, three Jerusalemites hung up a white sheet with blue lettering in English and Hebrew that read, “Ariel Sharon, there is more to do, please wake up.” In the Gaza Strip, where Sharon is reviled for his tough policies on Palestinians, 40 masked gunmen from the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades militant group held a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister. One held a gun to a photo of Sharon that was labeled “the killer of children” and then burned the picture. And Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Monday that Sharon’s death would be a serious defeat for United States policy in the Middle East, state-run radio reported. “The Americans have been defeated in Palestine since the butcher of the Palestinians, who intended to destroy the Palestinian Intifada, has come to his end,” the radio quoted Khamenei as saying to a group of visitors. Amid uncertainty over Sharon, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was sending two envoys to the Middle East, to try to resolve an Israeli-Palestinian dispute over the participation of Arab residents of Jerusalem in the Palestinian parliament election. Abbas said Monday he has received U.S. assurances Palestinians will be able to vote in the city, despite Israeli opposition.last_img read more