Govt moves to shift judges’ retirement to 70, UNC concerned about mental faculties

Gov­ern­ment’s move to shift the re­tire­ment age for judges from 65 to 70 years has raised an Op­po­si­tion query about judges’ men­tal fac­ul­ties at that age.

The con­cern was raised by UNC MP Vidya Guyadeen-Gopeesingh in Par­lia­ment on Wednes­day af­ter At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al- Rawi pi­lot­ed a bill to in­crease judges’ re­tire­ment age to 70.

Court rules: Judges entitled to sabbatical leave

Supreme Court Judges are en­ti­tled to ap­ply for sab­bat­i­cal leave as part of the terms and con­di­tions of their jobs.

How­ev­er, they can on­ly ac­cess such a ben­e­fit af­ter the Ju­di­cia­ry has es­tab­lished the ad­min­is­tra­tive arrange­ments to fa­cil­i­tate it.

High Court Judge James Aboud made the state­ments as he de­liv­ered judge­ment, in an in­ter­pre­ta­tion law­suit filed by the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al to help re­solve the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue, at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, on Wednes­day.

Judges asked to join Judiciary workers' struggle

Judges and mag­is­trates have been in­vit­ed to join with their ju­di­cial sup­port staff to protest im­pend­ing re­struc­tur­ing with­in the Ju­di­cia­ry.

Op­po­si­tion Sen­a­tor Ger­ald Ramdeen made the call dur­ing an im­promp­tu speech to scores of Ju­di­cia­ry work­ers who gath­ered on the steps of the Hall of Jus­tice, Port-of-Spain, to con­tin­ue their protest around mid­day yes­ter­day.

President to swear in two judges today

Kathy-Ann Waterman and Jacqueline Wilson will take the judicial oath at 1.30 pm today.

The swearing-in ceremony comes less than 24 hours after an Appeal Court panel dismissed an injunction blocking the president from proceeding with the appointments. 

This morning the Office of the President released a statement confirming the appointments will take place at this afternoon.

The Office of the President says the appointments are being done in accordance with Section 104 of the Constitution and with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.

Injunction granted - High Court stops President from appointing two new judges today

High Court judge Frank Seepersad has granted an injunction stopping President Anthony Carmona from appointing two new judges today on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC).

The injunction followed a late sitting of the court that ran into this morning.

Attorneys representing a former government minister Devant Maharaj sought the last-minute injunction to stop the swearing-in of two new judges.