In 2018, fix the issues surrounding ‘Equal Opportunity & Legal Education in the Caribbean’

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The current admission policy and practices administered by CARICOM Council of Legal Education (CLE) and Caribbean Law Schools, particularly as it relates to CARICOM nationals who have graduated with accredited Undergraduate Law Degrees from Institutions other than the University of the West Indies (UWI), are unfair, inequitable, discriminatory, and lacks transparency. This policy has been in place since 1997. We are not prepared to wait another 20 years for justice. It is time for reform!

There is no way we can accomplish the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) by the year 2030, and other objectives for the region if we continue to unjustly and unconstitutionally deprive our people from a fair opportunity to participate in the administration of justice and the development of Caribbean jurisprudence. 

Consequently, we are petitioning the CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the CARICOM Heads of Government to duly address the problems surrounding ‘Equal Opportunity and Legal Education in the Caribbean’, with the commensurate urgency that the matter deserves.

Former Chairman of the CARICOM CLE, Mrs. Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, QC, said that “the Council is very sensitive to the fact that over the years there has been much greater demand for spaces [at the law schools in the Caribbean] than is available...I have no further take on it. It is a matter for the Government”. 

The time has come for the CARICOM Heads of Government to intervene!

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