Thursday 17 October, 2019

CJ resumes sabbatical leave, to return at the end of June

The Judiciary has issued an apology to members of the public over its failure to provide an update on the status of Chief Justice Ivor Archie’s leave.

In a statement issued by Archie’s administrative secretary Shabiki Cazabon on Thursday night, the Judiciary noted that the CJ was granted permission by President Paula-Mae Weekes to complete his leave which he was granted by her predecessor, former President Anthony Carmona.

He first left on March 11.

As of Monday, May 21, Archie had 21 working days left of the leave which he had been granted. Taking into account weekends and holidays during that period and his breaking his leave to assume official duties by attending the OAS Meeting on Problem Solving Courts among which the Drug Treatment Court, the Family Court, the Children Court and the Children Drug Treatment Court of Trinidad and Tobago are numbered, the Chief Justice is due to return to the jurisdiction on June 30.

The release said during the first portion of his leave, the Chief Justice broke returned to undertake official duties for six days, and again when he returned to the jurisdiction upon his mother’s death.

The public is reminded that the Chief Justice has taken this period of personal leave to further his study of Comparative Industrial Relations Law taking into account Trinidad and Tobago’s lead and world renown history in this area.

He is examining the development of Industrial Relations law and legislation which reacted to labour strife in the country at the time and gave us the Industrial Stabilisation Act, subsequently replaced as a reaction to the labour situation at that time with the present Industrial Relations Act; and beyond.

The Chief Justice has recommended that Appellate Judge, Allan Mendonca, be appointed to act as Chief Justice in his absence and Madame Justice Alice Yorke Soo-Hon act as Chief Justice from June 8 to 17 during which time Mendonca will be on holiday


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