Privy council

NGC loses at Privy Council

SIS has scored a legal victory over the National Gas Company (NGC) at the Privy Council.

The matter surrounds the case in which the NGC applied to freeze the assets of SIS.

Before the local court’s, the matter was argued that the government has the right to retrieve the monies owed to it for a breach of contract.

The company’s legal team said the state was not allowed to sell, mortgage or encumber the assets in any way.

NGC was expected to file for a case management hearing in which the issue of the asset would have been discussed.

Appeal Court grants Devant Maharaj leave to challenge JLSC composition at Privy Council

Devant Maharaj has been granted leave by the Court of Appeal to take his case regarding the composition of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission to the Privy Council in London.

This morning the Court of Appeal comprising Justices Gregory Smith, Charmaine Pemberton and Andre Des Vignes rejected an attempt by the Attorney General to block the grant of leave to Maharaj.

UNC goes to Privy Council following Appeal Court's decision

President Anthony Carmona is now free to swear in two new High Court Judges after the Court of Appeal struck out an injunction blocking the appointments originally scheduled for yesterday.

Delivering a unanimous oral decision at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Appellate Judges Allan Mendonca, Nolan Bereaux and Peter Rajkumar dismissed the injunction which was granted by High Court Judge Frank Seepersad to attorneys representing former agriculture minister Devant Maharaj, following a late night court sitting almost 12 hours earlier.

Convicted murderers lose final appeals in Privy Council but will not face the hangman

Convicted murder Lester Pitman has lost his final appeal at the Privy Council.

Pitman was convicted of a triple murder in Cascade in 2001.

Pitman was seeking freedom on the argument that he had a low Intelligence Quota.


Although he lost his appeal, Pitman does not face the hangman since his death sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.

No vindication for opposition leader says Dr. Keith Rowley

In a media release today, the Prime Minister says the privy council ruling is no vindication for Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar and her government.

He says because of the ruling persons charged with criminal offenses will be made to face trial, despite attempts to do otherwise.

The following is the full release from the office of the Prime Minister.

Opposition leader feels vindicated

In a media statement released by the leader of the opposition, Mrs Kamla Persad Bissesar says that her administration feels vindicated by the ruling of the Privy Council.

She says the swift action of her government to repeal section 34 effectively nullified any unintended consequences and benefits that would have operated to the detriment of the Criminal Justice System. 

Mrs. Persad government came under heavy criticism after Section 34 was proclaimed in Parliament.