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CHAPTER 11:07 TRESPASS ACTAn Act for the prevention of wilful trespass on lands. [10 TH NOVEMBER 1852] 1. This Act may be cited as the Trespass Act. 2. In this Act—“night-time” includes any time between seven o’clock in theevening of one day and six o’clock in the morning of thenext day;“owner” includes the tenant, occupier, or other person having thepossession of any land. 3. Any person found in the night-time in any enclosed yard,garden, or ground, or in any cultivated lands, or in or about theworks of any plantation, oilfield, refinery or oil tank farm, who,on being taken before a Magistrate or Justice, fails to make it appearto the...

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Thursday, July 31 2008 A GROUND-BREAKING new law that effectively bans the stalking and harassment of persons by such means as talking to them over the telephone, emailing them or even “sooting” them has now come into force. The 2005 Offences Against the Person (Amendment) (Harassment) Act, which makes it a criminal offence to harass a person, was proclaimed by legal notice number 113 on June 30, this year by President George Maxwell Richards. The notice was published this week. The Act amends the almost century-old Offences Against the Person Act by introducing a new offence of harassment at Section 30A alongside...

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Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at work. Bullying and harassment of any kind are in no-one's interest and should not be tolerated in the workplace. Bullying may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. Bullying itself isn’t against the law, but harassment is unlawful under the Offences Against the Person(Amendment) (Harassment) Act, (2005). Examples of bullying or harassing behaviour in the workplace could include: spreading malicious rumours, or insulting someone by word or behaviour (particularly on the grounds of age, race,...

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What is Bullying? Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things to have power or control over another person. There are many ways that someone can be bullied: Verbally- such as name-calling, put downs, threats, teasing. Physically- being punched, tripped, kicked or having your belongings (lunch, money, books) stolen or damaged. Socially- being left out, or ignored, or having rumours spread about you. Psychologically- you are given ‘dirty’ looks, or ‘bad eye’, or ‘cut eye’; or stalked (have someone follow you in a threatening way) Bullying can happen anywhere! It can be a problem: At School In the taxi Walking to and from School In your...

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Application for Resident Status Non Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who are described in Section 6(1) of the Immigration Act may apply to the Minister of National Security for the grant of Resident Status. - Section 6 (1) of the Immigration Act Chapter 18:01 An application form is obtained from the Ministry of National Security, no fee attached. An application for the grant of resident status is submitted to the Ministry of National Security on the prescribed form 6, two (2) Original forms, if submitted locally, or three (3) Original forms, if submitted from abroad,...

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Legal Advice It is advisable to hire a lawyer although this incur additional expense. An experienced real estate lawyer can help you evaluate offers (those with a variety of conditions), protect your interests throughout the entire transaction, act as an escrow agent to hold the down payment, evaluate complex mortgages and/or leases with options to buy, review contracts and handle your home's closing process. They can also tell you what things, by law, you must disclose to buyers prior to a sale and can also help you avoid inadvertently discriminating against any potential buyers. Land Title Systems In Trinidad & Tobago...

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Q: My Landlord changed the locks and doesn't want me to get my stuff. What can I do? A: Replevin is a remedy that enables a tenant to recover possession of goods, which have been illegally distrained. This is further elucidated in Sealandaire Ltd v Paul (1994) High Court, No 169 of 1994 The remedy consists of two parts: 1. the replevy, whereby the tenant obtains re-delivery of the goods; and 2. the action of replevin, in which the validity or otherwise of the distree is determined. Replevin is ONLY available where the distress was illegal, not where it was excessive or irregular. Illegal...

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Rents: Can landlord and tenant freely agree rents in Trinidad & Tobago? Furnished dwelling houses with a monthly rent of TT$1,000 (US$161.29) or less are subject to rent restriction. Unfurnished dwellings with a monthly rent of TT$1,500 (US$241.93) are likewise covered. Under the Rent Restriction Act, rent adjustments for covered dwelling houses are subject to the approval of Rent Assessment Board. Either the landlord or the tenant may apply for a review of rent. Every tenant and landlord, whether or not the dwelling house is covered by the Rent Restriction Act, is required to register with the Rent Assessment Board. The landlord...

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Custody is a matter that arises mainly after a divorce or separation since most times there are children involved. For the court, the welfare of the child is the most important consideration as it involves placing the child under the care and control of an individual. Custody is not limited to children within a marriage but also to parents in common-law relationships and extends to parents who are not in a relationship. What is custody Custody is defined in the Family Law Act, Chap. 46:08 (the Act) as the right to possession and care of a minor. Legal custody means,...

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A tenancy is a contractual relationship between two parties, namely a landlord and a tenant. The essence of a tenancy is a grant by the landlord to the tenant of ‘exclusive possession’ of a property together with an intention to create the relationship of landlord and tenant. Since the basis of the relationship is contractual, the rights of parties depend on the terms of the agreement. There are however certain rights and obligations which are part of all tenancy agreements or are implied by law. In this article, some of the usual rights and obligations of the landlord will be noted. •...

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