COP Leader concerned about Local Government Reform Law and Elections

Political Leader of the Congress of the People (COP), Carolyn Seepersad Bachan, is keeping her cards close to her chest, with regard to the COP’s contesting of the upcoming local government elections.

Mrs Seepersad Bachan has hinted that the COP may be combining forces with other parties on the political landscape, but would not use the word coalition to describe the arrangement.

She says it is important to get the arrangements right, noting that under the People’s Partnership, the arrangement featured one dominant partner, and several small partners.

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.

Maharaj calls for review of Sedition Act

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.

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.