Government’s move to shift the retirement age for judges from 65 to 70 years has raised an Opposition query about judges’ mental faculties at that age.
The concern was raised by UNC MP Vidya Guyadeen-Gopeesingh in Parliament on Wednesday after Attorney General Faris Al- Rawi piloted a bill to increase judges’ retirement age to 70.
Supreme Court Judges are entitled to apply for sabbatical leave as part of the terms and conditions of their jobs.
However, they can only access such a benefit after the Judiciary has established the administrative arrangements to facilitate it.
High Court Judge James Aboud made the statements as he delivered judgement, in an interpretation lawsuit filed by the Office of the Attorney General to help resolve the controversial issue, at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday.
Judges and magistrates have been invited to join with their judicial support staff to protest impending restructuring within the Judiciary.
Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen made the call during an impromptu speech to scores of Judiciary workers who gathered on the steps of the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain, to continue their protest around midday yesterday.
Kathy-Ann Waterman and Jacqueline Wilson will take the judicial oath at 1.30 pm today.
The swearing-in ceremony comes less than 24 hours after an Appeal Court panel dismissed an injunction blocking the president from proceeding with the appointments.
This morning the Office of the President released a statement confirming the appointments will take place at this afternoon.
The Office of the President says the appointments are being done in accordance with Section 104 of the Constitution and with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
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.