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JamBar concerned about some out-of-court statements by laywers

Jacqueline Cummings
 
The Jamaican Bar Association (JamBar) has said it shares concerns about the appropriateness of some out-of-court statements made by attorneys.
 
On Wednesday, the General Legal Council said the practice of attorneys making statements to the media about pending judicial proceedings could be breaching the sub-judice rule. 
 
Jacqueline Cummings, President of the Bar Association, said she too has observed several recent instances in which lawyers have overstepped in their comments outside court. 
 
She noted, in particular, that comments which seek to paint clients in a particular light do not assist the court process. 
 
According to Ms. Cummings, while there is nothing wrong with reporting on what has already happened, lawyers should exercise restraint when updating the media on proceedings inside court. 
 


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