Tense Law Association meeting looms

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A rare public statement from President of the Law Association Reginald Armour has come on the eve of an expected tense meeting on Monday.

Armour issued a statement explaining the implications of the expiry of anti-bail and anti-gang legislation in mid-August.

His explanation is at variance with that presented earlier by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi.

Armour and Vice President Gerry Brooks would be under critical review at a mid-afternoon meeting of association members with respect to their handling of an earlier meeting with al Rawi.

That meeting with the AG had pertained to the contentious amendments to the Strategic Services Agency (SSA) Act.

A total of 29 attorneys signed a petition expressing a lack of confidence in Armour and Brooks as a result of the “improper” manner in which the meeting was convened with Al Rawi.

Neither Armour nor Brooks would chair the Monday meeting, to be held at the convocation hall of the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.

In his statement on the expiry of the gang and bail laws, Armour stated that prison detainees would not automatically obtain bail.

Their applications must go through the judicial process.

The error-plagued Al Rawi had suggested that hundreds of prisoners would routinely be able to secure bail.

This is the latest in a number of blunders from the Attorney General.

Armour has been notably reticent as head of the law body, even in the midst of a public legal issues.

He previously represented Dr. Keith Rowley before the latter became Prime Minister.

Brooks chairs a number of government companies.

Signatories of the petition include former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and other lawyers associated with the previous political administration.

Sharp exchanges are expected from some participants at Monday’s meeting.

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