LEGAL RESOURCES

The Trust and the London Panel have found there is a need to provide ongoing administrative support in a number of areas, including: 

 

a) liaison with authorities on the ground in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago;

b) procurement of paperwork to provide to lawyers in London;

c) accessing and distribution of know-how to London lawyers; and

d) assistance with access to local lawyers who can provide further information when needed on specific cases.  In brief, the procedure would be that the administrators themselves will send out standard letters/questionnaires to prisoners seeking assistance, and will write to the relevant Courts and authorities in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago seeking copies of transcripts, appeal documents and other papers, liaising with local attorneys as appropriate. 

The aim would be for the administrators to send the papers to London counsel to obtain a written view on the merits. If there are sufficient merits to seek permission to appeal etc., then the administrators would provide the written opinion and all the relevant paperwork to a solicitor within one of the London firms, who would then be able to work with the existing London counsel advising on the matter. 

The know-how needed by the London solicitor would principally concern the information needed to take the case forward from this point. They would be able to use standard form letters of engagement. The administrators would be able to work with contacts on the ground in Jamaica/Trinidad and Tobago to procure signatures where for any reason contact with the prisoner proves to be problematic.