|AG reveals Registrar General’s Dept. will be modernized|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Sep 21, 2012
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson on Wednesday announced plans to modernize the Registrar General’s Department.
Speaking at the Eugene Dupuch Law School’s student orientation, Maynard Gibson said, “My office is spearheading an attempt to modernize and bring into the computer and Internet age many of the critical functions of the Registrar General’s Department, which plays a foundational role in the affairs of the commercial and corporate world.”
The attorney general said these changes would allow the jurisdiction to remain competitive internationally. She said that international law and legal principles have intruded more and more on many matters that were once the domain of domestic law, as evidenced by the reshaping of the financial sector by many countries in the region.
Maynard-Gibson told the future lawyers, “These developments will require a reorientation in the training and thinking of legal professionals. No longer can lawyers be content with simply knowing how to function within the domestic sphere. You are coming of age as lawyers at a point in our development when you might need to know how to draft petitions for international human rights bodies, for example, the Inter-American Commission or U.N. human rights bodies, or international tribunals, for example, the International Court of Justice, the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO (World Trade Organization), or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Indeed, some of you may end up appearing before the Caribbean Court of Justice, or somewhere down the line, sitting as a member of that eminent court.”
The attorney general also emphasized the importance of integrity and honesty.
“As young lawyers, you must therefore resist the temptation to cut corners, engage in sharp practice and seek to get rich quick. Excellence in your work and proper work ethics will ultimately result in you enjoying the rewards of your profession.”