The Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands is a diverse profession which seeks to serve the public in the provision of legal services and expertise. Students looking to pursue a career at the Bar are welcome to contact the Bar Council for informal advice in academic and vocational legal training, training contracts, vacation work placements, marshalling and overseas legal work experience. The Bar Council has a statutory duty to secure training places for returning Turks and Caicos Islanders (s. 5(2)(a)) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10).
In order to be qualified for general admission as an attorney to practice at the Bar in the Turks and Caicos Islands, an applicant must:
- have been called to the Bar or admitted as a solicitor or an attorney in some part of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland (s. 5(1)(a)(i) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP10); or
- have obtained a Certificate of Legal Education from the Council of Legal Education of the West Indies (s. 5(1)(a)(ii) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP10). The website of the Council of Legal Education is here: www.clecaribbean.com. The Turks and Caicos Islands appointed member of the Council of Legal Education (appointed by the Bar Council) is: Orieka Selver; or
- have obtained a Diploma of Legal Education from an institution approved by the Law Society of England and Wales (s. 5(1)(a)(iii) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP10). The Law Society of England and Wales’s website is here: www.lawsociety.org.uk; or
- is qualified to practice as an attorney under regulations made under section 30 of the Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 10. At this time, no regulations have been made pursuant to Section 30 save in relation to the application for and provision of practising certificates.
An applicant must not have been disbarred or struck off the roll of attorneys of any court in any part of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and must not have done anything which would render him or her liable to be disbarred or struck off the roll of attorneys of any such court (s.5(1)(b) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10).
Prior to admission as an attorney, the current requirement is that an applicant must undertake not less than three months’ training in the practice of law under the supervision of an attorney admitted to practice in the Islands for not less than 2 years (s. 5(2)(a) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10). Additionally, an applicant for admission as an attorney in Turks and Caicos who is not a Turks and Caicos Islander must have not less than five years’ experience in practice outside the Islands since call or admission in some part of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland (s. 5(2)(b) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10).