Legal qualification shortcut case, appeal Court refuses to reverse suspension

The Court of Ap­peal has re­fused to re­verse the sus­pen­sion of a re­cent judg­ment, which struck down a law, that gave prospec­tive lawyers from T&T, who com­plet­ed their post-grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the Unit­ed King­dom, a short-cut in­to the le­gal pro­fes­sion over CARI­COM na­tion­als. 

Teacher awarded $100,000 for non-recognition of Bachelor’s degree

A teacher who was forced to take the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to court for fail­ing to recog­nise her Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies’ Bach­e­lor in Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree which she had pur­sued based on the min­istry’s rec­om­men­da­tion has won her mat­ter.

UNC withdraws case seeking to block sale of Petrotrin refinery

The United National Congress has withdrawn an application for an injunction of the sale of the Petrotrin refinery.

Former UNC senator Wayne Sturge was seeking an injunction compelling Finance Minister Colm Imbert to call a meeting of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament on Energy.

The injunction sought to block the sale of the refinery as there was no JSC to scrutinise the deal.

However, Imbert's attorney Martin Daly informed the court that the meeting of JSC on Energy will be held next Wednesday.

More on this later.

 - Derek Achong

Businessman in court for Secret Sunday offences

Valsayn businessman Emile Sanowar was charged with the possession of a firearm and ammunition after he was held by police when they raided the Secret Sunday party at Lady Chancellor Heights in Port-of-Spain on Sunday night.

Sanowar was charged by Corporal Mohammed of the Port-of-Spain Task Force late this afternoon at the Besson Street Police Station and was later taken to the Port of Spain Magistrate's Court.

However, when police arrived at the court with Sanowar close to 4 p.m he was later taken downstairs to be processed. 

DPP to get file on eye clinic

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said yes­ter­day that a file is be­ing com­piled and will be sent to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions in re­la­tion to the com­pa­ny in­volved in the drug which caused sev­en pa­tients to go blind in ei­ther one eye or both eyes.

State to pay contractor $1.5m for ‘unauthorised’ work

The Min­istry of Works and Trans­port has been or­dered to pay al­most $1.5 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion to a con­trac­tor from San­gre Grande, who car­ried out paving works in east Trinidad in 2011 with­out a writ­ten con­tract with the min­istry. 

De­liv­er­ing a judge­ment at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, on Mon­day, High Court Judge James Aboud ruled in favour of  East­ern En­gi­neer­ing and Mar­ket­ing Ser­vices. 

Two police constables appear in court today

Two brothers, both of whom are police constables, will appear before a Port of Spain magistrate today, on charges of misbehaviour in public office.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in March last year, during which a 30-year-old watchman was confronted by the two officers, who reportedly assaulted and abused him.

The victim informed the officers he was going to report them for their actions and proceeded to the Central Police Station.

It was reported that he was followed by the officers who arrested him for using obscene language and resisting arrest.

Law Association, PM trial date to be set next Monday

A trial date for the Law Association's lawsuit over the decision of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to refuse to impeach Chief Justice Ivor Archie is expected to be set next Monday. 

Lawyers representing the association, Rowley, Archie and the Office of the Attorney General were expected to present submissions on whether the association should be granted leave to pursue its judicial review claim, during a hearing before Justice Vasheist Kokaram, this morning.