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Probate backlog causing distress

People waiting for the distribution of assets–to inherit the properties, money or investments of deceased loved ones–face agonising hold-ups as there is an approximate delay of six years in processing probate matters at the Judiciary of T&T. Information obtained from the Judiciary by Guardian Media in a Freedom of Information request revealed that as of October 2023, there were 14,915 pending probate matters. Between August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2023, 7,690 probate matters were completed. With 7,690 probate matters completed in the 1,095 days between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2023, it works out to around seven probate matters being...

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Process to source new vessel ongoing : Sinanan over replacing ‘Cabo Star’

MINISTER of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan says the process to source a vessel to replace the Cabo Star is still ongoing. This follows concerns raised about the progress of commissioning of a cargo vessel by Martin George, president of the Tobago Business Chamber, during a telephone interview with the Express yesterday. “The minister promised when last we spoke to him (last year), he is going to commission the construction of a new cargo vessel. We have not heard anything further. We would like to use the forum to call upon him to give us the details of when that vessel is...

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Breach of Confidence and The Right to Privacy – The Progression of The Law and Modern Society

BY: AARON CHUNISINGH AARON CHUNISINGH Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company Introduction In the year 2024, technology has undeniably become a part of our everyday lives. Now, more than ever, information is easily shareable by the touch of a screen or the click of a button. Unfortunately, this ease of sharing information extends to that which may be classified as confidential or private information. In cases where confidential or private information is shared without the consent of the party who entrusted said information to the person sharing it, what then does the law prescribe? In Trinidad and Tobago, there is no comprehensive legislation that governs the...

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Examining Legal Protections: The Immunities Afforded to the Caribbean Examination Council in Educational Pursuits

BY:NIKEIYA HENVILLE Nikeiya Henville Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company The Caribbean Examinations Council (hereinafter referred to as “CXC”) is a regional examining body which provides examinations for secondary and post-secondary candidates in Caribbean countries. Established in 1972 under the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC plays a significant role in shaping the academic landscape in the Caribbean. CXC notably offers a wide range of subjects in academic, technical, and vocational areas for candidates of varying ages, abilities, and interests, and comprises sixteen (16) Participating Countries namely; Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat,...

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Guardians of Justice – Exploring the Immunities Safeguarding the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission

BY: NIKEIYA HENVILE Nikeiya Henvile Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company “The development of the principle of the rule of law is credited to the Greek philosopher Aristotle whose view was that “it is more proper that law should govern...

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Jittery THA looking to reintroduce COVID protocols

With a sharp rise in the number of people presenting classic symptoms, Tobago's administrators are very jittery over the threat of a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus. So much so that the Division of Education, Research and Technology (DERTech) has put principals of all schools on the island on notice to prepare to return to certain protocols which were in place during and just after the pandemic. But THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine isn't leaving the precautions there. He confirmed on Wednesday that the assembly will move to reintroduce covid19 protocols at all of its offices, sub-offices and buildings across the eight divisions...

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Boundless Faith in their Destiny: Legal Realities in Trinidad and Tobago’s Refugee Landscape

Josiah Cyrus Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company BY: JOSIAH CYRUS In the intricate mosaic of global humanitarian efforts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) emerges as a pivotal force, tirelessly advocating for the rights and well-being of displaced individuals worldwide. As the nation of Trinidad and Tobago grapples with the complexities of migration and asylum-seeking within its borders, a closer examination of the UNHCR becomes not only pertinent but essential. In recent years, Trinidad and Tobago has found itself at the epicentre of a complex and unfolding humanitarian challenge, chief amongst which, has been the Venezuelan migration crisis. Fuelled by socio-political unrest...

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The Rights of Vehicle Purchasers  – The Lemon Law of Florida and The Sale of Goods Act of Trinidad and Tobago

AARON CHUNISINGH Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company BY: AARON CHUNISINGH Introduction In the year 2024, it has become more common than not, to own a vehicle in Trinidad and Tobago. The issue with purchasing a vehicle is that it can be very expensive. The average person has to save for months or even years to purchase a vehicle and many persons even take loans for up to seven (7) years from financial institutions in order to accomplish this life goal, thereby incurring a long-term debt. Based on the long-term nature of these obligations, one expects that a new vehicle when purchased, would be of...

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Whistleblowing in business : Vital check against excesses or corruption

Local business leaders believe that whistleblowing continues to have its place in the corporate and business world. Leading American whistleblowing attorney Stephen M. Kohn wrote an article published on June, 2023 by Stanford University’s Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) magazine which stated that whistleblowing has proven to be an effective anti-corruption tool, whose promise to deter frauds is almost unlimited. “Whether it’s busting a billionaire banker illegally stashing money overseas, or a ship captain that ordered the dumping of oil overboard, blowing the whistle is how these crimes are detected and successfully prosecuted,” he opined. The National Whistleblower Center based in the United...

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Work not allowed on US tourist visas

Question: I am a performer and I have received offers to perform in the United States after Carnival. I already have a ten-year tourist visa; can I use this to perform in the United States? Answer: No, the “B1/B2” tourist visa does not allow the traveller to work while in the United States. If you want to work or perform in the US temporarily, you will need a specific visa based on the type of work you will be doing. It is essential that you have the appropriate visa for the activities that you will engage in while in the United States. Misuse of a...

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