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7 things to know as Gov’t rolls out phase one of Salary Relief Grant

The Finance Ministry is rolling out phase one of the Salary Relief Grant. Finance Minister Colm Imbert explained the details while speaking at a media conference on Monday afternoon. It will cost Government over $400 million to carry out the project. This Grant will allow citizens, who have lost income as a result of the implementation of COVID-19 measures, to be able to access $1500 per month over a three month period. Here are five things you should know when going about accessing the grant: 1) Who can apply? The Finance Minister explained that phase one of the Salary Relief Grant will target those people who are already registered...

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Here’s how to apply for the Salary Relief Grant

Details on how to apply for a Salary Relief Grant for people who have been without an income due to the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been released by the Finance Ministry. Finance Minister Colm Imbert said in a social media update Sunday that an advertisement was released with details of the application process. “This advert provides the criteria and procedures for the Salary Relief Grant of up to $1,500 for up to 3 months. It's available to workers who have lost their jobs or salary as a result of Covid-19. We are starting with persons in the NIS system before...

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Article 14 – Legal Topic – The Tort of Nuisance- Private Nuisance

By: Sarah Lawrence        Attorney-at-Law        Martin George and Co.        Attorneys-at-Law What is the tort of nuisance? The tort of nuisance involves a condition or activity which unduly interferes with the use or enjoyment of land. According to Justice Rahim in the case of Leynan Rodulfo v Arima Borough Corporation Cv2016-01369, it is an act or omission which is an interference with, disturbance of or annoyance to, a person in the exercise or enjoyment of: a right belonging to him as a member of the public, when it is a public nuisance; or his ownership or occupation of land or of some easement,...

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Article 13 – Legal Topic – Basic Elements of A Contract

By: Janelle Ramsaroop        Attorney-at-Law        Martin George and Co.        Attorneys-at-Law       INTRODUCTION   A contract is a written or oral agreement that creates mutual obligations between the parties that have arrived at that agreement. It can be described, in simple terms, as a set of promises made between the parties to the contract. In order for a contract to be formed, four elements must be present, these are: That an OFFER was made That the offer was ACCEPTED That there was some sort of CONSIDERATION That the parties had an INTENTION TO CREATE LEGAL RELATIONS Let’s now discuss these elements. OFFER An offer is...

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Article 12 – Legal Topic – Vicarious Liability

By: Keshavi Khoorban Attorney-at-Law Martin George and Co. Attorneys-at-Law     INTRODUCTION: Under the doctrine of vicarious liability a person who is not personally at fault may be held liable for the wrongful act of another simply because of his relationship with that person. The most common instance of vicarious liability is when an employer is held vicariously liable for the tort of his employee. Vicarious liability is based on considerations of social policy and not on fault: Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. v Shatwell [1965] AC 656.   While it may seem unreasonable and unfair that a person, who has himself committed no wrong, should be liable for the...

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Article Ten – Legal Topic – Occupier’s Liability

By: Sara Martinez        Attorney-at-Law        Martin George and Co.        Attorneys-at-Law     INTRODUCTION In Trinidad, Occupiers Liability is governed by Common Law. There is a duty on the Occupier of a premises to exercise reasonable care to prevent damage to visitors on his premises. This duty is not an absolute one, that is, the occupier is not under an absolute duty to prevent any and all damage to someone on his premises. Once he exercises reasonable care and does all that is necessary, then he has satisfied his duty.  A visitor to a premises may be entitled to compensation, depending on the circumstances of...

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Article Nine – Legal Topic – Adverse Possession

By: Sarah Lawrence        Attorney-at-Law        Martin George and Co.        Attorneys-at-Law Adverse possession is the legal doctrine which allows a person who does not have the paper title of property to claim a right of Possession in the said property, which is actually owned by another person – the Paper Title Holder. The effect of adverse possession is that a person who is in possession as a mere trespasser or ‘squatter’ can eventually obtain a good title and in fact a better title than the true owner, if the true owner fails to assert his/her superior paper title rights within the requisite...

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Article Eight – Legal Topic – Police Powers of Arrest

By: Janelle Ramsaroop        Attorney-at-Law        Martin George and Co.        Attorneys-at-Law  INTRODUCTION When a person is alleged to have committed a Criminal offence, this person must be brought before the court to answer for any such offence and to pay the consequences of having committed any such offence, this could be in the form of a jail sentence, a simple fine or even community service. In law, powers are given to both police officers and interestingly, private citizens to enforce powers of arrest of suspected offenders. Today we’ll discuss the powers of the police to effect an arrest. WHAT IS AN ARREST? Arrest...

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Guardian Media Report A man from Charlotteville, Tobago, who was allegedly shot by a police officer for allegedly breaching ongoing Stay-at-Home regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has threatened to sue the State. Attorneys representing Zauvghan Benjamin, of Belle Aire Road, Charlotteville, made the threat in a pre-action protocol letter sent to National Security Minister Stuart Young on Thursday. In the letter, attorney Janelle Ramsaroop claimed that on April 6, Benjamin was standing in his relative’s yard at J.D Elder Drive in Charlotteville when he noticed a police vehicle driving on the road. Ramsaroop admitted that Benjamin ran upon seeing the officers but claimed...

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