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Article 33 – Legal Topic – Double Jeopardy

By: Jonathan A. Stevenson        Attorney-at-Law        Martin Anthony George & Co. The double jeopardy rule is commonly utilized in criminal proceedings and industrial relations matters. Per this rule, a person who has been acquitted of an offence should not be tried again in respect of the same offence. In this article, we will explore the meaning and effect of the double jeopardy rule, and will provide a holistic view of the same by examining its exceptions. The double jeopardy rule has been applied in the Courts for centuries. Recognition of this was had by the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago in...

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Article 32 – Legal Topic – Grants of Representation

By: Jonathan A. Stevenson This lesson provides information on: Grants of Probate Grants of Letters of Administration Grants of Letters of Administration with Will Annexed LEGAL TOPIC: GRANTS OF REPRESENTATION INTRODUCTION The death of a person is undoubtedly an event that is tragic and often turns the worlds of those close to them upside down. Aside from the emotional challenges presented by such a tragedy, the family of the Deceased faces the question of what would happen to the estate of the Deceased, particularly how it is to be distributed.   In our seventh article, we explored the requirements for the creation of a Will, the instrument by which...

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TOBAGO BUSINESS CHAMBER offers its sincerest thoughts and prayers for the Honorable Prime Minister

TOBAGO BUSINESS CHAMBER through its Chairman Martin George offers its sincerest thoughts and prayers for the Honorable Prime Minister and his family at this time and the TOBAGO BUSINESS CHAMBER renews its call to vaccinate Tobago first and create an immunization bubble in Tobago, which then allows for the International Borders to be opened up through Tobago. ...

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Article 31 – Legal Topic – Leases – Elements, Formalities, & Essential Covenants

By: Jonathan A. Stevenson This lesson provides information on: The Elements of a Lease Formalities Essential CovenantsQuiet Enjoyment Non-Derogation from Grant Fitness for Human Habitation Tenantable Repair Option to Renew Option to Purchase Assignment and Subletting Payment of Rates and Taxes Payment of Bills Entry INTRODUCTION It is certainly common for property owners to utilize their properties to generate income. A popular instrument by which property owners achieve this goal is undoubtedly the lease. This instrument enables property owners to generate this income by allowing other persons or entities to occupy their properties for a period in return for money, without parting with their ownership or title in the same.   Leases, and the relationships which they...

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Employee loses $1m lawsuit against TSTT

A Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT) payroll clerk has lost her almost $1 million lawsuit against her employer, over it reneging on an offer of early retirement. Delivering an oral judgement, during a virtual hearing yesterday, High Court Judge Frank Seepersad dismissed the breach of contract case brought by Brenda Mark against the State-owned telecommunications provider. Seepersad noted that while the company made an offer of voluntary enhanced early retirement in April 2014, which was accepted by Mark, the process to form a binding contractual agreement between the two parties was far from complete. Seepersad noted that the prospectus document issued to employees,...

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