Nationwide News understands that prominent defence attorney, Peter Champagnie, has been elevated to the rank of Queen’s Counsel.

Also accorded the status of QC are Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor and veteran civil lawyer, Maurice Manning.

Sources at Kings House say the trio were recently issued with their instruments of appointments.

The appointments are to be gazetted soon.

Mr. Champagnie is one of the country’s leading defence attorneys, while Mr. Taylor is a respected senior prosecutor.

Manning is known for his work in the field of civil law and has also lectured on the subject at the Norman Manley Law School.

Queen’s Counsel is an elevated office, conferred by the Crown.

It is recognised by the courts within the commonwealth.

Members have the privilege of sitting within the bar of court.