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.

Junior Sammy’s $3.5m court levy delayed

A con­tract­ing com­pa­ny was yes­ter­day forced to tem­porar­i­ly with­draw its levy against Ju­nior Sam­my Con­trac­tors Lim­it­ed over an un­paid $3.5 mil­lion court judge­ment. 

Court mar­shals, po­lice of­fi­cers and lawyers rep­re­sent­ing West­ern Gen­er­al Con­trac­tors Ser­vices Lim­it­ed went to Ju­nior Sam­my’s com­pound in Clax­ton Bay, around 6 am yes­ter­day morn­ing, to ex­e­cute the judge­ment and be­gin the process of seiz­ing items to re­cov­er the debt. 

State to produce 22 witnesses against Marlene

For­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald has made her first court ap­pear­ance since be­ing charged with cor­rup­tion, last month. 

The Port-of-Spain South MP, her long-time com­pan­ion Michael Carew, Wayne An­tho­ny, Vic­tor McEachrane and Edgar Zepher­ine ap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, yes­ter­day morn­ing. 

Claxton Bay man in court for law clerk's murder

A 20-year-old Claxton Bay man appeared in court on Monday morning charged with the murder of law clerk Kristian Sirjusingh.

Renaldo Lewis of La Sofie Trace stood before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor who read the charges to him in the First Court.

Sirjusingh was shot dead following a robbery at Michelle’s Bar along Bonne Aventure Road, Gasparillo on August 9. He had gone there to celebrate his father’s 66th birthday when the three bandits stormed in.

$250,000 bail for Duke

Public Services' Association (PSA) President Watson Duke has been released on $250,000 bail after appearing in court to answer a sedition charge. 

Duke, who is also the Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly, was taken to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court shortly after he was discharged from the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, this morning. 

During his brief court appearance before Magistrate Adia Mohammed, Duke, who dressed in blue suit, was not called upon to plead to the indictable charge. 

Watson Duke granted bail

PSA president Watson Duke was granted bail to the sum of 250,000 dollars. 

Duke appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrate Court this morning.

He was charged with sedition yesterday.

According to his lawyer John Heath, Duke was rushed to the hospital on Thursday complaining of feeling unwell.

That was the third time he had been taken for treatment since being detained by police on Monday.

Duke discharged himself from the hospital yesterday.

We'll have more for you on this story as it develops.

Three-foot-tall man in court for fighting

Ainsworth Sookhan, a three foot tall man, who al­leged­ly struck an­oth­er man with a wheel span­ner dur­ing a fight in San Fer­nan­do, has been charged.

Sookhan, 29, a dri­ver, of La Ro­maine is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore a San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate on Fri­day charged with wound­ing Shel­don Ham­let with in­tent.

More bail problems for Marlene

For­mer pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc Don­ald has en­coun­tered an­oth­er ob­sta­cle in se­cur­ing her two-mil­lion-dol­lar bail.

Guardian Me­dia has been in­formed that the bail doc­u­ments were sent to the women's prison in Arou­ca late Wednes­day evening.

This morn­ing the prison in­di­cat­ed to her lawyer and bailiffs that Mc Don­ald need­ed to come to the prison to sign the bail bond be­fore she is of­fi­cial­ly re­leased.

Night in jail for Marlene's husband, other accused

Only one of Marlene McDonald's co-accused were able to get bail yesterday afternoon. 

The Port-of-Spain South MP  did not face the courts yesterday, but in her absence, 49 charges stemming from fraud and money laundering were read out by Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle to her co-accused in the Port of Spain Magistrates court.