Sunday 20 October, 2019

Law Association to challenge High Court ruling barring probe into CJ

The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) says it intends to appeal the decision taken by Justice Nadia Kangaloo in the Port-of-Spain High Court, to quash its investigation into Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

Earlier today, Justice Kangaloo ruled that it was illegal for the LATT to investigate allegations of misconduct against the CJ.

LATT said the council met following the ruling and has decided to instruct its attorneys to apply for an expedited appeal to be heard before the Special General Meeting carded for March 15.

“We wish to advise that in the course of delivery of her judgment her ladyship said extempore that like any citizen of Trinidad and Tobago the Law Association has a right to lodge a complaint with the Prime Minister under Section 137 of the Constitution but we understand her judgment to be saying that the Law Association has no power to seek via investigation to substantiate that complaint before it is lodged with the Prime Minister.”

“We have been advised by Senior Counsel and his team that it is best to err on the side of caution and to treat the effect of the Honourable Judge’s order to be that Dr Francs Alexis QC and Mr Eammon Courtenay SC ought not to complete the advice requested and that the SGM ought not to continue as requisitioned.”

However, the Council has not yet decided to cancel or postpone the SGM in the hope that the Court of Appeal will hear the matter before that date.

 

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