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Attorneys and activists welcome plan for human trafficking court

Plans announced by National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds for a special court to deal with human trafficking cases, have been welcomed by human rights attorneys and activists although they had concerns about infrastructure and sustainable funding for the proposed facility. Attorney Criston J Williams recalled that on February 24 the T&T Government told the United Nations they were developing draft policies to deal with trafficking. He questioned the rationale for the proposed court and said Hinds “should disclose the policy so we can see what the infrastructure of this is.” He said: “How we are going to train, develop the judges and...

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‘A need for reflection’
After serving one year in office, lawyers grade AG’s work…

ATTORNEY GENERAL Reginald Armour has survived his first year in office and some of his colleagues believe he should still be given a chance to prove himself. Others are of the view that reflection is needed. This Thursday marks one year since Armour was appointed as AG by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on March 16, 2022. Criminal Bar Association head Israel Khan, SC, says the AG’s year was hectic, demanding, onerous and overwhelming. In a phone interview with the Sunday Express yesterday, Khan said he would give Armour a “B” grade, saying there is room for improvement. He noted the AG came into...

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Criticisms flow over justice system
…after collapse of case against Panday, Oma, John, Galbaransingh

Calls for improvement in this country’s criminal justice system were made by senior attorneys yesterday following Monday’s collapse of the case against former prime minister Basdeo Panday and his wife, Oma Panday, former minister Carlos John and businessman Ishwar Galbaransingh. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC filed a notice of discontinuance in the case against the four at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, stating it had to be considered whether there was fair prospect of conviction in the matter. He told the court key witnesses were unavailable, as some had died and there was also one elderly person...

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Article 46 – Legal Topic – Application for Permanent Resident Status on the basis of marriage to a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago

By: Martin George        Attorney-at-Law        Martin George and Co. The Immigration Act Chapter 18:01 states:“6. (1) Subject to this act and the regulations, persons who come within the following classes may on application in the prescribed form, be granted permission by the Minister if he thinks fit, to become residents, that is to say:(c) the spouse of a citizen or resident of Trinidad and Tobago.(2) In determining the suitability of an applicant for the grant of resident status under this section, the Minister shall be satisfied, inter alia, that the applicant-(a) has entered the country legally;(b) is not in a prohibited class;...

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Armour mum on return of ‘missing file’

The issue of Monday’s reappearance of the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman case file and the matter of who handed it to the acting Solicitor General or who located it continues to be part of Justice Stanley John’s investigation into the matter. Attorney General Reginald Armour indicated this in the Senate yesterday following queries by UNC Senator Wade Mark who noted Monday night’s reports that the missing file was found. Mark asked where the file was found. In the Senate there was some noise from the UNC side as Armour rose to reply to Mark’s query. Armour cited the media release by John of the file...

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