The GBA is the umbrella body representing the over one hundred (100) lawyers in Grenada. In a profession that was almost exclusively male in the 1970’s, females now constitute the majority. Especially in the last twenty (20) years, women entering the profession have far surpassed their male counterparts.
An eight-member Executive Council governs the work of the GBA. The Executive Council comprises four executive members – President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer – and four council members. Executive Council members are elected at the Annual General Meeting. Prior to 1996, the umbrella body representing lawyers was known as the Grenada Association of Lawyers (GAOL).
The work of the GBA is carried out through committees which include Legislation and Law Reform, Publications, Education and Public Lectures, Watchdog, Complaints and Finance & Social Events. The Watchdog Committee is charged with the responsibility of taking a hands-on approach to solving problems, particularly those touching and concerning the administration of justice and the rule of law: problems at the Supreme Court Registry; issues regarding the Law Library; complaints of police brutality; prison conditions; state of cells at police stations; facilities for lawyers, and physical conditions of our courts.
Our current Executive Council (2015-2016) comprises: Mr. Ruggles Ferguson, President; Mr. Alban John, Vice President; Ms. Thandiwe Lyle, Secretary; Ms. Kim George, Treasurer; and Council Members Ms. Sabina Gibbs, Mrs. Linda Dolland, Ms. Kindra Mathurine-Stewart and Ms. Cathisha Williams.
Grenada Bar Association
The Grenada Bar Association is the representative body of Attorneys called to the bar in Grenada. Pursuant to the Legal Profession Act No. 25 of 2011, the Grenada Bar Association is charged with the following duties, to:
(i) Maintain and improve the standards of conduct of the members of the legal profession in Grenada;
(ii) Represent and protect the interest of the legal profession in Grenada;
(iii) Assist the public in Grenada in all matters relating to law;
(iv) Promote good relations within the profession and persons concerned in the administration of justice in Grenada, and between the profession and the public generally;
(v) Promote good relations between the profession and professional bodies of the legal profession in other countries and to participate in any relevant international activities of the legal profession and to become a member thereof;
(vi) Promote, maintain and support the administration of justice and the rule of law;
(vii) Provide ongoing public education programmes on basic issues of law and current legislation; and
(viii) Do all things incidental or conducive to the achievement of the purposes set out in the Act.