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Attorneys: PCA reports affect public confidence in TTPS

The eye-opening disclosures made in the Police Complaints Authority’s (PCA) latest annual report, where an increase in the number of reports being made against police officers was recorded, will continue to work to the detriment of the T&T Police Service (TTPS). In fact, attorney Om Lalla and former Police Service Commission member Martin George, also an attorney, believe it will continue to reflect a lack of confidence in the TTPS on the part of the public. The PCA’s 12th Annual Report 2021/2022, which was laid in parliament on Wednesday, said it had recorded the highest number of complaints against police officers, totalling...

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Attorney at Law Martin George: Nine independent senators should resign

ATTORNEY Martin George said on Tuesday the nine independent senators appointed by former president Paula-Mae Weekes should resign in order to allow her successor Christine Kangaloo to select a new group of independent senators, if she so desires. Former Senate president Christine Kangaloo was inaugurated as TT's seventh President on Monday. She was elected by the Electoral College by a vote of 48-22 on January 20. The college comprises all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, including the Speaker and the Senate President. For the time being, it appears the current nine independent senators will remain in place. There is no...

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Panday: Persad-Bissessar is anti-President

THE absence of any Opposition UNC members at the inauguration of the country’s seventh President on Monday, did not surprise UNC founder, former political leader and former prime minister Basdeo Panday. Journalists who covered the inauguration at the Queen’s Park Savannah did not see UNC political leader and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as newly sworn-in President Christine Kangaloo addressed her (Persad-Bissessar) during the opening of her inauguration speech. All attempts to contact Persad-Bissessar for a comment were unsuccessful. Panday, who was spotted at the event with his daughter Mickela, and at the reception which immediately followed at NAPA (the National Academy for the...

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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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