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Jocelyn has had an illustrious career at the Bar, having represented defendants in a number of high profile cases and made significant contributions to the development of the Bar and the legal sector overall.
Some of her contributions include:
- The Cardiff 3 murder trial – this case led to the requirement for accreditation of all solicitors.
- Considerable experience of inquiries:
- Counsel in the Scarman Inquiry into the Brixton riots;
- Chaired a panel inquiry into allegations of abuse at the Nye Bevan Residential Home for the Elderly in Southwark (instructed by the London Borough of Southwark in 2001);
- Chaired an inquiry into allegations of racism and harassment surrounding the death of a 10 year old boy (instructed by London Borough of Lewisham).
- Jocelyn is a founder member of the Society of Black Lawyers and member of the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Former member of the City and East London Family Practitioners’ Committee (dealing with disciplinary hearings) and was closely involved with legal advice centres providing free advice to ethnic minority communities in London, Coventry and Birmingham.
- Chaired numerous conferences on race and the criminal justice system in London and Birmingham organised by the Bar Council, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Society of Black Lawyers and Birmingham counsel.
- Joint head of chambers at 1 Grays Inn Square from 1990-97 before joining 1MCB chambers.
- Assistant Recorder on the Midlands and Oxford circuit from 1989-96.
- Very much involved with the Bar Council over the years. She has sat on the General Management Committee, the Professional Conduct Committee, and was vice-chair of the Race Relations Committee.
- Sits on the management committee of the Citizens Advice Bureau based in the Royal Courts of Justice. She is an advisory member, and former director and trustee, of the Caldecott Foundation, and sits on the Legal Aid Agency’s Funding Review Committee.
Her interests include family, friends and cookery.