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Lawyer files appeal against expulsion

Friday, September 21, 2012    

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OSWALD James, the Kingston-based attorney who was struck from the roll of attorneys in Jamaica, has filed an appeal against his expulsion.

The appeal was filed in the Court of Appeal on Monday, along with an application asking for a stay of the decision by the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council (GLC) to bar James from ever practising in Jamaica.

The veteran counsel was struck off the roll last week Tuesday following a two-year hearing which resulted from a complaint made against James by a client regarding a transaction.

James' expulsion comes almost a year after the appellate court overturned a one-year suspension slapped on him by the council in relation to another complaint.

Thirty-eight attorneys have been disbarred from practising in Jamaica between 1985 and 2010. Up to 2010 there were 3,864 registered attorneys in Jamaica.

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