High Court

High Court: importing sex toys not unlawful

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.

Five to hang for Dr Edward Khoury’s murder

Five men have been sentenced to death by hanging, after a jury found them guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Dr Edward Khoury.

High Court Judge Malcolm Holdip passed sentence on Shawn James, Caleb Donaldson, Jerome Murray, Terry Moore and Robert Franklyn shortly after 8 last evening, more than six hours after he sent the jury to decide on a verdict.

When the court reconvened just before 6pm, Justice Holdip revealed that the jury had requested clarity concerning the evidence of one witness.

Tobago policeman to sue state over wild meat charge

Keston Kirk, the 39-year-old police officer who won his case against the state for the illegal possession of 17 iguanas, will sue the state for malicious prosecution.

This, after the officer of Sherwood Park, Tobago, was freed from all charges by Magistrate Duane Murray in the Scarborough Magistrate court on Wednesday.

Kirk, who has 19 years of service, was suspended for four years after he was charged with the offense.

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.

Breaking News: Court rules sex between two consenting males legal

It's official, sex between consenting male adults is no longer illegal. 

In April, High Court Judge Davindra Rampersad ruled that sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act, which criminalises buggery and serious indecency even between consenting adults, is unconstitutional.

However, Rampersad did not make a ruling on how the law should be interpreted to give effect to his judgement.

During the hearing, Fyard Hosein, SC, who is leading the State's legal team, requested that a 45-day stay is put in place while his team prepares the State's appeal.

Jitters over Justice Seepersad

The dangerous cocktail of politics mixing with the judiciary gathered more steam yesterday, after a late Monday night hearing in the High Court temporarily blocked the appointment of two new judges yesterday. The Appeal Court subsequently overturned the injunction later yesterday.

But senior members of the legal fraternity and judges of the High Court are now expressing alarm about public comments being made against Justice Frank Seepersad after his initial ruling.

Injunction granted - High Court stops President from appointing two new judges today

High Court judge Frank Seepersad has granted an injunction stopping President Anthony Carmona from appointing two new judges today on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC).

The injunction followed a late sitting of the court that ran into this morning.

Attorneys representing a former government minister Devant Maharaj sought the last-minute injunction to stop the swearing-in of two new judges.

Ayers-Caesar steps down from High Court amid controversy; returns to Magistracy

Marcia Ayers-Caesar has stepped down from the High Court less than two weeks after receiving her instruments of appointment.

In a release issued Thursday afternoon, the former chief magistrate stated that after deliberation she spoke with the chief justice and then tendered her resignation to the president.

Her appointment to the High Court had been met with strong opposition from senior members of the legal fraternity.

The Law Association also expressed deep concern over the promotion.