Israel Khan to the AG: Stop inviting lawyers to apply for silk “it’s vulgar and disrespectful”

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Israel Khan to the AG: Stop inviting lawyers to apply for silk “it’s vulgar and disrespectful”

Government needs to “stop the pappy show” of inviting lawyers to apply for silk.

That’s according to Senior Counsel Israel Khan.

It comes on the heel of a notice by Attorney General, Reginald Armour, SC, who called on attorneys who wished to be considered to submit their applications by midnight of May 20.

Armour advised that the appointment would be according to the 1964 legal notice which sets out the procedure for appointing senior counsel, or silk.

However, Khan has called on Armour to withdraw his invitation to attorneys to submit their applications for consideration for the appointment of “silk.”

Khan previously challenged the appointment process in an interpretation claim in May 2023. It is assigned to Justice Devindra Rampersad who has set timelines for the filing of submissions. The Law Association has also filed submissions on the issue.

Khan says the President should make such appointments at her discretion or on the advice of anyone, or authority, other than the Cabinet, including the chief justice. The association said for several years, it has been publicly and privately engaging stakeholders on the appointment of attorneys to the rank of senior counsel.

Yesterday (May 14), Khan said the court would soon decide on the issue so the Government should “stop the pappy show” of inviting lawyers to apply for silk as it was “vulgar and disrespectful” to the legal profession and the Judiciary when the matter was under the court’s consideration.

He called on Armour to withdraw his invitation, threatening to possibly approach the court to stop the award of senior counsel.

“It is not only wrong, it is crass.”

The last appointment of senior counsel was in May 2023, when 17 attorneys were elevated to the Inner Bar.