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Venezuelan judge details his life in T&T

A Venezue­lan judge and his wife, an econ­o­mist with Venezuela’s Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty, who fled their home­land last year to es­cape po­lit­i­cal per­se­cu­tion, has found re­newed hope with Venezue­lan’s in­ter­im pres­i­dent Juan Guai­do.

Manuel Romero and his wife Lori­mar Sil­va came to Trinidad through Ce­dros in Au­gust last year. They ap­plied for refugee sta­tus from the Unit­ed Na­tions High Com­mis­sion­er as asy­lum seek­ers and was grant­ed per­mis­sion to stay in T&T.

Judge convenes court at temple

A High Court judge yesterday convened court at a parcel of land next door to a Temple in Princes Town which is the subject of a legal battle over ownership.

Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh went to the location yesterday on the final day of the trial in which executives of Churkoo Village Mandir are claiming the right to the land which is owned by farmer Samaroo Raghoonanan.

The Mandir, led by Pundit Artma Maharaj, was granted an injunction against Raghoonanan by Justice James Aboud in the San Fernando High Court.

Judge back in court on charge of driving under influence

The drunk driving case against recently appointed High Court judge Kevin Ramcharan continues and State prosecutors have been given the all clear to correct a clerical error in the matter.

The case came up again at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court today before magistrate Duane Murray who granted the DPP's application to amend the charge. 

At the first hearing, officers admitted having mistakenly written the charge under the wrong section of the motor vehicle and Road Traffic Act.

Judge halts PSA elections again

The Public Service Association (PSA)’s leadership election has been postponed for the second time in less than three months.

The postponement of the election, which was carded for February 19, came yesterday as High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo ruled that there were irregularities in the voter’s list compiled by the association’s elections committee in October, last year.

Kangaloo ruled that the committee would be unable to rectify the errors on the list and publish it before the proposed election date.

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.

Law Association concerned about judge's appointment leaving outstanding matters behind

The Law Association says it will seek to engage the Chief Justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General on a "workable solution" regarding the appointment of judges.

The Association notes that while the Constitution does not require public disclosure on the appointment of judges but says the relative secrecy involved has the potential to encourage suspicion.

The Association issued this statement today:

"The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago is committed to transparency and accountability in the selection and appointment of judges.

Judge gives police extra time to hold detainee in murder of WPC

Homicide detectives have until Monday to charge or release the first suspect they held in connection with the murder of WPC Nyasha Joseph.

High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo gave the order yesterday, after hearing a habeas corpus application challenging the detention of the 36-year-old Sea Lots resident over the past week.