AG defends PM in Section 137 furore: ‘Law Association hijacked’

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.

Law Association defensive, Dean stands by speech

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.

Lifeline for law students

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. 

Antoine: TT's lawyer fees highest in Caribbean

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.

External law students appeal to AG for chance to practice

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.