CJ defers sabbatical leave until President Carmona returns

Chief Justice Ivor Archie has deferred the controversial sabbatical leave upon which he was to embark this weekend.

The confirmation comes from the Office of the President.

A statement says Acting President Christine Kangaloo has been in communication with the Chief Justice and invited him to consider deferring a departure from the jurisdiction prior to the return of President Anthony Carmona to the country on Sunday 11th March, 2018.

The statement says that the Chief Justice has agreed to defer such departure.

Trio on trial for torching man to death

Three people went on trial on Wednesday for the murder of a man who was set alight during an attack in 2008, in San Fernando.

Doubles vendor Nizam Mohammed, his wife, Putitia Mohammed, and Daniel Sammy are accused of murdering Stephen “Jumbo” Joshua at Friendship Village.

They are on trial before Justice Maria Wilson in Third Criminal Court.

82 convicted killers to be resentenced

Eighty two death row inmates, whose death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment over 14 years ago, have scored a major legal victory which will see them being resentenced to definite prison terms.

Delivering a 22-page judgment at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Appellate Judges Alice Yorke-Soo Hon and Mark Mohammed ruled that High Court judges have a discretion to decide commuted sentences based on the particular circumstances of each case.

Eight Venezuelans committed to stand trial on charges of trafficking $50 million in cocaine

Eight Venezuelans have been committed to stand trial in the High Court on charges of importing and trafficking cocaine with a street value of $50 million.

In giving her ruling, Deputy Chief Magistrate Nanette Forde-John, presiding in the Port-of-Spain Fifth Court, found that a prima facie case had been made out against the foreigners.

They are: Victor Jose Careno, Oscar Thomas Ruiz Colmenarez, Dionya Andres Marval Salazar, Alexis Caldea Lopez, Pablo Rafael Marval Rodriguez, Jose Gregario Marval Salazar, Saul Ellia Waldrop and Jose Florentino Alcala Carrion.

Young: There exists no legal provision for CJ to go on sabbatical leave

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young says there is presently no existing term and condition to allow the Chief Justice to proceed on sabbatical leave.

Chief Justice Ivor Archie has applied for a six-month sabbatical which appears to have been approved by the Office of the President.

The Office of the President has since written to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, inviting him to consult on the appointment of an acting Chief Justice.

Tobago man guilty of 89 VAT fraud charges

A businessman from Tobago, who admitted to charging the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Value Added Tax (VAT) without being registered with the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR), has been fined $89,000.

Raymond Francis, owner of Trinbago General Supplies and Services, was slapped with the fine after pleading guilty to 89 VAT fraud charges before Magistrate Brian Debideen in Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Thomas-Felix: I’m not CJ’s sponsor

Industrial Court President Deborah Thomas-Felix is denying she is a sponsor or collaborator in the research which Chief Justice Ivor Archie will be pursuing in the United States.

In fact, she said yesterday she was “surprised” when she saw newspaper articles with details of the sabbatical and her name listed as a supervisor. She also said the labour research listed in the CJ’s application was not the topic which he will be embarking on.

Justice Gobin slams CJ's sabbatical

Outspoken High Court Judge Carol Gobin says Chief Justice Ivor Archie has brought the judiciary into such “disrepute” and to a place in its history that has left it and judges so “battered, ashamed and demoralised,” he should resign.

She also says as far as she can recall, there was no adoption of the draft internal policy to facilitate sabbatical leave and a such, if Archie is not entitled to sabbatical leave under the law, if he goes as planned it may “constitute an abandonment of his office.” (See page A5)