The 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.
Suspect charged in shooting WHITTIER – Authorities filed several felony charges Wednesday against a 25-year-old Whittier man suspected of shooting another man at a gas station this past weekend. Antonio Ramirez was charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, using a firearm to create great bodily injury, possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of methamphetamines for sale. Ramirez was arraigned Wednesday in Whittier Court. He remained in custody in lieu of $1 million bail. The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of North Echelon Avenue, said Deputy Bill Brauberger of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Fidel Navarette Jr., 18, of Valinda died at the scene, said Craig Harvey of the coroner’s office. A motive for the shooting was not immediately known, Brauberger said. La Habra ticket wins $242,232 LA HABRA – While no tickets sold in California matched all six MegaMillions numbers for the record $370 million jackpot, one ticket purchased in La Habra qualified for one of nine second-tier prizes awarded Tuesday – each worth $242,232. According to the California Lottery, the local tickets were sold at 7-Eleven, 541 W. Imperial Highway, La Habra; 7-Eleven, 10950 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley; Cask & Keg Liquor, 2585 N. Garey Ave., Pomona; Oregon Liquor & Jr. Market, 734 W. Willow St., Long Beach; and Ted’s Liquor Store, 8303 S. Western Ave., Gardena. Post to host chicken dinner LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will host a fundraising baked chicken dinner at 6 p.m. Friday. A donation of $7 per plate is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Meeting to discuss waste management WEST WHITTIER – The West Whittier Community Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sorenson Park, 11419 Rose Hedge Drive, to discuss the unincorporated area’s franchise agreement with Universal Waste System Inc. Juan Villa from the county’s Department of Public Works, and Matt Blackburn of Universal Waste System Inc. will be guest speakers. Questions about your new trash service? Get them answered at the meeting. For more information, call (562) 949-2421. Clubs seek vehicle donations WHITTIER – The Boys and Girls Clubs of California is asking people to donate their cars in support of the many local programs sponsored by the clubs. For more information, call (800) 246-0493. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whittier Police Department spokeswoman Diana Salazar said Ramirez is suspected of shooting a 35-year-old man at a convenience store at Lambert Road and Calmada Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The victim was shot while he was sitting in a car, said Salazar. Ramirez was arrested later in the 12900 block of Dunton Drive, Salazar said. Police did not identify the victim, who remained in critical condition Wednesday at UCI Medical Center. Victim in fatal shooting ID’d VALINDA – Authorities Wednesday identified a young man who was shot to death in unincorporated Valinda.