November 15, 2000 Regular News Bar, JQC issues don’t burden the courtNeither Florida Bar nor Judicial Qualifications Commission cases take up an inordinate amount of Supreme Court time, and justices consider it important to continue handling those cases.That was a message justices, as well as representatives from the Bar and JQC, brought to the legislature’s Supreme Court Workload Study Commission last month.The commission is charged with recommending ways for the court to handle its growing caseload. Discussion at the October 24 meeting included having Supreme Court panels, instead of the full court, handle all but disbarment and suspension Bar grievances.Tony Boggs, director of the Bar’s Legal Division, said although there are more than 400 disciplinary orders annually from the 9,000-plus complaints filed with the Bar, most are not contested when they reach the court. He noted the cases have already gone through a local committee for probable cause and have been heard by a referee before going to the court. He said only two to three dozen cases annually are contested and require an opinion.JQC Executive Director Brooke Kennerly said the JQC only sends a handful of cases annually to the court, and there has been a trend where the judge and the JQC have agreed on the facts and recommended penalty. She noted that each case, though, involves an opinion.Supreme Court justices, who attended the meeting, agreed. Commission member and Third District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Shevin asked the court about using panels instead of the full court for less serious JQC and Bar discipline cases.Chief Justice Charles Wells said the court has little trouble handling the cases, including Bar grievances. “I think that we might very well get into more problems trying to dissect our responsibility with the Bar than we would solve,” he said.As for having panels, Wells said the whole court might be forced to hear a case anyway if a question arose about guilt, or if two different panels disagreed on a similar issue.Justice Harry Lee Anstead added that having the court directly involved in those cases underscored how important the justices see those issues. “It does not consume an inordinate amount of our time,” he said. “We feel it is very important to send a strong message to the legal community, ‘This is how seriously we take misconduct.’”The commission did ask for statistics for the last 10 years on the number of uncontested orders versus the number of opinions the court has written. Bar, JQC issues don’t burden the court
CUNA commended the NCUA for opening its overhead transfer rate (OTR) and operating fee methodology for public comment and offered an alternate OTR model that would result in a lower rate. CUNA has pushed for this transparency for a number of years.In its Tuesday letter, CUNA noted that it does not have the intent, nor should the NCUA have the intent, to benefit federal credit unions over state-chartered credit unions, or vice versa.“CUNA represents both federal and state credit unions,” the letter reads. “Our goal is to ensure a fair distribution of the charges for the supervision of credit unions consistent with the Federal Credit Union Act.”CUNA has long held that any overhead transfer of agency expenses to the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund should be legitimate, substantiated “insurance-related” costs, consistent with fairness to state and federal credit unions and the Federal Credit Union Act. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A training course for coaches of colts clubs in Ghana will take place on Monday, 22 April, 2013.The programme organsied by the Ghana Football Association is part of the governing body’s policy of grooming young players with modern trends in the game by offering their coaches the right training.GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi will open the first coaching course for colts trainers at the Kaneshie Sports Complex in Accra at 8am.All the coaches with colts clubs in all the districts in the Greater Accra region will attend the one-day seminar that will give them the basics in coaching.Experienced coaches including Ben Koufie, Oti Akenteng, E.K Afranie, Anue Mensah and Augustine Arhinful will be leading the one-day seminar.According to the GFA, the coaching course for the colts clubs will be replicated in all the regions in Ghana with the Greater Accra event being the first one. Most coaches in colts clubs in Ghana have no formal training which has been identified as negatively affecting the proper development of young players in the country.This is the first time in the history of Ghana football that the GFA is instituting a coaching course for trainers in the juvenile leagues.