Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Law Association: Explain yourself, Archie

The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) has expressed concern over reports in a daily newspaper, which suggest that Chief Justice Ivor Archie communicated confidential information surrounding the security of Supreme Court Judges, during a conversation with a friend who is affiliated with a private security firm.

The Sunday Express reported that the CJ met with Supreme Court Judges and suggested they change their state-provided security in favour of a private company in which his friend works. The company was not named. He then reportedly told his friend who works with a private security company, that he had the conversation.

LATT, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said the charges against the Chief Justice were unsubstantiated. It said, however, that the fact that a conversation could have occurred in a confidential meeting with members of the judiciary about a sensitive matter, requires an explanation. 

The Association is therefore calling on CJ Archie to issue a public statement addressing the allegations surrounding the conversation he allegedly held with the individual in the article.

The Express article went further to say that Archie also raised an issue concerning security arrangements with National Security Personnel which was forwarded to the Special Branch and the Police Commissioner, however, he did not suggest the retention of the private firm.

This is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the tenure of the Chief Justice.

He has previously been under fire for issues surrounding the appointment and resignation of former Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar to the High Court Bench. He has also been criticised by the legal fraternity after reports that the Judicial and Legal Services Commission which he chairs, was acting unconstitutionally as it was operating with four members when section 110 of the Constitution mandates that the JLSC be comprised of five people.


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