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Don’t expect him to speak on Judiciary issues—lawyer

Monday, September 17, 2018
Avory Sinanan

Don’t expect Chief Justice Ivor Archie to speak on issues which have plagued the Judiciary this past year.

That’s the view of Senior Counsel Avory Sinanan who told the T&T Guardian that he expects the CJ to proceed with “business as usual.”

“I think he would look at this as an opportunity to give an account of his stewardship or the performance of the Judiciary in the past year and what are the plans for the coming year,” Sinanan said.

He said he did not believe that the CJ would touch on “personal issues, he has clearly taken the position that is something separate and apart from his duties.”

Sinanan said with the “status quo as is, and with matters with the Chief Justice unresolved,” it could hardly be that the new law term is being opened with the “verve and enthusiasm amongst practitioners to get back out there and participate in the administration of Justice.”

He described the pomp and ceremony that will attend the opening today, “an indication of a sort of celebratory mood is clearly a farce, it is a farce.”

Sinanan is of the view that there will be a boycott of today’s opening. “I suspect a number of attorneys as well as judges may very well not attend,” he said.

But Sinanan said with the Privy Council having ruled that the investigation by the Law Association should continue, the CJ should publicly state that “alright the Privy Council has ruled this way, let the investigation continue. I will cooperate and give my fullest support to this investigation, having regard to the fact that it relates to the CJ.”

If that is done, he said, “People will feel ok you can go ahead and open the law term, but to steadfastly take an adversarial position, an indifferent position to what is taking place outside to ignore and almost contemptuously with the concerns that have been raised over the past couple of years, especially in light of the Privy Council ruling I think does not augur well for the enhancement of the image of the Judiciary to open the law term.”

Sinanan admitted that the Judiciary is split on the issue of the CJ, “there are those who come out and say things and there are those who are silent because they feel there is nothing more to be said.”

But he said there is “too much of a cloud hanging over the Judiciary to inspire confidence.”


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