The United National Congress (UNC) has lost its novel challenge over the dismissal of its election petitions for five marginal seats in the 2015 General Elections.
Delivering a 43-page judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, Appellate Judges Justice Gregory Smith, Justice Mark Mohammed, and Justice Peter Rajkumar dismissed the appeal, in which the Opposition party was seeking to overturn the decision of another three-member appeal panel. That panel had upheld the decision of High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armourer to dismiss the petitions in October 2016.
Judge alone trials are ensuring that justice is no longer delayed, and dispensed swiftly.
According to a release issued by the Office of the Attorney General, the most recent judge-alone trial was conducted on Friday 31st January 2020, at the San Fernando High Court.
An E-commerce consultant has won his lawsuit against the Comptroller of the Customs and Excise Division over the seizure of a sex doll.
Delivering a judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, High Court Judge Ricky Rahim ruled that the Division's decision to implement a policy that any sex toy, which closely resembles the male or female genitals, is a prohibited for being indecent or absence, was unlawful.
The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is strongly urging citizens with information on child abuse to report it to the nearest police station, or to the CPU, to ensure that an investigation into such cases are launched immediately.
The renewed appeal comes as seven men and one woman were nabbed in an intelligence-led exercise over the weekend, by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Tobago Task Force.
The sedition charge against Public Services' Association (PSA) President, Watson Duke, has been dismissed.
Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle opted to discharge Duke as he reappeared before her in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court, a short while ago.
State prosecutors had requested that Busby-Earle-Caddle adjourn the case, after a preliminary hearing of the State's appeal over Justice Frank Seepersad's judgement, in which he struck down aspects of the Sedition Act. The hearing is carded for February 3.
The Police Commissioner has issued a directive that all police officers entering court buildings must walk through the scanners there.
It comes on the heels of an incident on Tuesday, in which a police officer arrested a court security officer who had advised him of the scanner procedure and refused to follow the protocol. The court security officer was detained for several hours at the Mayaro Police Station.
Cover up! That is one of the major findings of the report of a committee set up by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to investigate the circumstances surrounding the dismissal and payment of $150,000 to a former employee of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, after she alleged that she was sexually harassed by the former minister Darryl Smith.
Criminal law attorney, Mario Merritt, believes the non-disclosure agreement signed between former sports minister Darryl Smith and the person who accused him of sexual harassment, may not be valid.
He says this is because an NDA cannot be used to cover-up an actual crime.
“The law prohibits contracts that are against public policy. If you’re dealing with a normal trade dispute, it’s not a problem,” he explains. “But if you are using an NDA to hide a criminal act, then that agreement is void; it has no value. You can’t use a contractual relationship to allow crime.”