Law Association Wants Explanation From Chief Justice

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Chief Justice Ivor Archie

For Allegedly Discussing Security Arrangements for Judges With Personal Friend

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) has called on Chief Justice Ivor Archie to publicly address allegations in the local media that he discussed security arrangements for judges with a personal friend.

“The article reports a meeting between the Chief Justice and his fellow Supreme Court judges at which he suggested the retention of a private security firm, but that he did not identify any particular firm.

“It also reports that he raised an issue concerning security arrangements with National Security personnel which was forwarded to the Special Branch and the acting Commissioner of Police, but that he did not suggest the retention of private security.” LATT secretary Elena Araujo said in a statement following an LATT council meeting.

Araujo said the LATT members met on Tuesday night to discuss the allegations made against Archie in a Sunday Express newspaper report

“No further information is given in the article about the content or context of this communication. But the fact that it may have occurred and that it concerned a presumptively confidential meeting among members of the judiciary about an obviously sensitive matter, call out for an explanation.

“The Law Association therefore considers that, in the circumstances, it would be the prudent course for the Chief Justice to publicly address the allegations surrounding the discussions he allegedly had with the person identified in the article.”
The Chief Justice is presently out of the country. – CMC

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