Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is endorsing the view of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that there is politics at play in the Law Association’s decision to pursue a judicial review against Rowley for not invoking Section 137 of the Constitution to allow an investigation into alleged misconduct by Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
Speaking to reporters at the opening of South exhibition at Gulf City, San Fernando, on Wednesday, Al-Rawi also echoed Rowley’s sentiments that the judicial proceedings were a waste of taxpayers’ money.
The Law Association said yesterday that there was not enough evidence to back claims made by the Dean of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Law, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, that legal fees are too high in Trinidad and Tobago.
However, Belle Antoine maintained her position made at the church service for the opening of the new law term on Monday adding that there was a lot more in her speech than just that.
Prospective lawyers from T&T, who completed their post-graduate qualifications in the United Kingdom, have been granted a lifeline in their bid to be called to the bar before the end of the year.
On Wednesday, Appellate Judge Prakash Moosai granted a stay of a recent judgement which struck down a law, which gave citizens with such qualifications a short-cut into the provision over Caricom nationals.
In her feature address centred around judicial reform during the church service for the ceremonial opening of the 2019-2020 Law Term, dean of the law faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Prof. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine said that, in her opinion, lawyer fees in the country "are too high".
Antoine also revealed that the lawyer fees in TT are some of the highest in the Caribbean region.
Using the Sedition laws to curtail free speech is a violation of the tenants of democracy.
So said former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj days after Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly Watson Duke was charged for sedition.
Over 600 students studying law at foreign institutions intend to gather outside the Parliament today, hoping to seek an audience with the Attorney General to convince him to amend the law to allow them to practice.
Law student Tegan Medina made out the case on behalf of the other students on CNC3's Morning Brew Programme today.