Jamaican Bar Association Speaks out Over Bain’s Firing

vlcsnap-2014-05-19-20h32m25s189In related news, The Jamaican Bar Association (Jambar) late Friday called on Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Professor Nigel Harris to give due process to Professor Brendan Bain.

In a lengthy press release the group, which is the latest and largest to give its support to Dr Bain gave several very pointed statements on the issue. JamBar lamented

“Regretfully, the recent academic censorship and contractual termination by UWI of Bain raises serious questions in the minds of all persons who look to UWI for independent thought and creative thinking given its position as a bastion of Caribbean research and pedagogy.”

The Bar association pulled no punches on the issue of Dr. Bain being an expert witness in the Belize Case of Caleb Orosco vs The Attorney General.  They stated that 

“an expert witness has a duty “to help the court impartially on the matters relevant to his or her area of expertise” and “that duty overrides any obligations to the person by whom he or she is instructed or paid”.

The release continued by saying that in giving expert evidence, the information presented to the court must be ” the independent product of the expert witness uninfluenced as to form or content by the demands of the litigation. An expert witness must give independent assistance to the court by way of objective unbiased opinion in relation to matters with in the expert witness’ expertise.” 

vlcsnap-2014-05-19-20h32m35s35This in response to minority voices that have stated that Dr Bain’s testimony was a conflict of interest. JAMBAR argued instead that it was a retaliation against Bain and that the termination may well be contemptuous of our system of justice and that it could be considered as a wrongful interference into a judicial process.

” Bain’s dismissal may cause such experts (many of whom reside in tenure at UWI) to become fearful to express their honest and considered belief as they may face adverse repercussions even when their thoughts are based on decades of study and research and independent of the office that they hold.”

Plus News will continue to update Belizeans on the saga playing out in Jamaica as Bane’s Termination from UWI may well be heading to the courts.

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