CJ's legal battle with Law Association set for Friday

Chief justice Ivor Archie’s legal showdown with the law association of T&T, over its decision to investigate allegations of misconduct levelled against him, is set for Friday.

Archie’s lawyers kicked off the proceedings yesterday after they filed a judicial review lawsuit challenging the LATT’s decision and an application seeking an injunction barring it from continuing its investigation.

 The lawsuit was filed around 5 pm, with an emergency hearing being listed before justice Nadia Kangaloo.

During the hearing, lead attorney for the association, Christopher Hamel-Smith, requested a short adjournment to give it time to analyse the case and prepare a response.

 While he admitted the case should be dealt with expeditiously, Hamel-Smith questioned Archie’s haste, as he pointed out that he (Archie) was aware of the course of action adopted by the association’s executive since November last year.

Archie’s lawyer, Ian Benjamin, disagreed, saying the lawsuit was only filed after the association announced on Monday that a special general meeting to discuss the investigation and what action, if any, should be taken had been set.

After brief discussions between the parties, they grudgingly came to a compromise to postpone the case until Friday morning

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