The Bar Association is the association of the single profession of lawyers in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Every person admitted as an attorney under the Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10 (other than a person admitted by the Chief Justice for limited admission) shall be a member of the Bar Association (s.15(2) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10). Every member of the Bar Association who ceases to be enrolled shall thereupon cease to be a member of the Bar Association.
The Bar Association meets annually for its Annual General Meeting for the purpose of considering issues affecting the legal profession and legal practice in the Islands, including proposed legislative changes. The Bar Association also elects a President, a Vice-President and members of the Bar Council at its Annual General Meeting.
Legal Aid Work
The Legal Aid Rules made by the Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands pursuant to Section 16(2)(g) of the Supreme Court Ordinance CAP 2.02 came into effect on 1st June 1999. The Legal Aid Rules provide for the provision of legal representationat public expense of persons committed for trial before the Supreme Court on criminal charges, subject to financial means.
The Legal Aid Rules provide for representation by any attorney of the accused’s choice or for the Registrar of the Supreme Court to assign any attorney willing to represent the applicant. The Bar Council is committed to maintaining legal aid with reasonable renumeration for attorneys undertaking legal aid cases and the rights of an accused to be represented by an attorney of their choice. The House of Assembly of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the executive branch of government have a Constitutional obligation to ensure that adequate funds are provided to support the judicial administration in the Islands (s. 83(2) of the Constitution). The Bar Council is committed to ensuring that government continues to meet that Constitutional obligation.
Pro Bono Work
The Bar Council is committed to encouraging members of the Bar Association in their undertaking pro bono cases for the assistance and representation of those who are unable due to means otherwise to obtain legal advice or legal representation in court proceedings in addition to those matters covered by Legal Aid.
Roll of Attorneys
The Registrar of the Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands has a statutory duty to keep a register of attorneys in which is entered the name of every person admitted to practice as an attorney. The Roll of Attorneys may be inspected by any person during office hours.
Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of those attorneys whose names appear in the Roll of Attorneys who currently hold a practice certificate issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court and who are in good standing with the Bar Council.