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Jambar rejects firing of Professor Bain

By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Bar Association (Jambar) has become the latest body to reject the firing of Professor Brendan Bain as director of the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Late Friday Jambar called on Vice Chancellor of UWI, Professor Nigel Harris and the leadership of UWI, “if it has not done so, to give due process” to Professor Brendan Bain.

Jambar also said in a statement that it is “very concerned” about the actions at UWI. “The legal profession routinely relies on expert testimony to advance the cases of our clients. As such we are very concerned that the actions of UWI against Bain could adversely impact on the freedom of expression by experts giving testimony in Jamaica,” Jambar said.

The legal profession routinely relies on expert testimony to advance the cases of its clients, continued Jambar, and as such, its members are concerned that the actions of UWI against Bain could adversely impact on the freedom of expression by experts giving testimony in Jamaica. “In civil proceedings in the Supreme Court that are governed by the Civil Procedure Rules, 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 statement conclude.

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