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Oswald James struck from roll of attorneys

Paul Henry

Friday, September 14, 2012    

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PROMINENT Kingston Attorney Oswald James has been struck from the roll of attorneys in Jamaica and is no longer able to practise law here.

The veteran counsel was struck off the roll by the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council (GLC) on Tuesday following a two-year hearing which resulted from a complaint made against James by a client regarding a transaction.

Yesterday, attorney Bryan Barnes told the Jamaica Observer that his client would be appealing the GLC's decision.

"Having had two years of trial, the case came down to the narrow point of whether or not Mr James provided a proper account of the money he received from his client. The GLC said he did not," Barnes said.

"We believe that Mr James has properly accounted for the money he received. We don't agree with the ruling and we are going to appeal," Barnes said.

In the meantime, Barnes said he will be asking the Court of Appeal for a stay of execution of the GLC's decision which would allow James to continue to work, pending the outcome of the appeal.

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. In 2010 there were 3,864 registered attorneys in Jamaica.

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