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Trinidad and Tobago follows the Westminster model of government and upholds the traditions of parliamentary democracy it inherited from Britain. The country gained independence in 1962 and became a republic in 1976. It is a member of the British Commonwealth. General elections are held at least every 5 years; the democratic transfer of power is peaceful and routine. Legislative power lies with the House of Representatives with 41 elected members, and the Senate with 31 members appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition; nine of these members are independents. Executive power lies...

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Chronology of Death Penalty laws in Trinidad and Tobago. 1. The Bill of Rights 1688 expressly prohibits any "cruel and unusual punishment". 2. According to Section 4 of the Offences Against the Person Act (Chapter 11:08) "Every person convicted of murder shall suffer death" and the Criminal Procedure Act (Chapter 12:02) in section 57 provides:− "(1) Every warrant for the execution of any prisoner under sentence of death shall be under the hand and Seal of the President, and shall be directed to the Marshal, and shall be carried into execution by such Marshal or his assistant at such time and place as...

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The major role and function of the Commission can be summed up in four key points: Prevention Investigation Enforcement Education and Enlistment of public support The Commission seeks to promote integrity, particularly among “persons in public life” – from the level of Ministers of Government and Members of Parliament to Permanent Secretaries, Chief Technical Officers and members of the Boards of Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises. The Commission is required to regulate the conduct of “persons exercising public functions” through the receipt of declarations of income, assets and liabilities, and by monitoring compliance with the Code of Conduct presented in Part IV of the Integrity in...

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The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce welcomes the appointment in June, after a considerable absence, of new members of the Integrity Commission. This Commission is an important institution, established by the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, with a mandate to “ensure that persons in public life and persons exercising a public function comply with the laws governing integrity in the fulfilment of their duties”. The Chamber therefore shares the public view that the Commission should be regarded in accordance with the importance it deserves. The Chamber is satisfied that, by and large, the Integrity in Public Life Act (the...

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Occupational Safety and Health in Trinidad and Tobago has been governed since 1948 via the Factories Ordinance 1948 as amended in 1952. As early as 1973, Trinidad and Tobago examined a number of drafts to amend and review the health and safety law. In 2004, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was assented to, primarily because the existing legislation proved to be narrow in scope, outdated and inappropriate to deal with the expanding industrial sector, and most occupations and workplaces fell far outside the ambit of the legal framework of the Factories Ordinance of 1948. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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County Medical Officers of Health provide free assessments and investigations of occupational health and safety issues. Employers and employees can seek advice on how to create a safe workplace or lodge complaints about unsafe working conditions. Please note that you do not need to wait until there is an obvious hazard to lodge a complaint. Your County Medical Officer of Heath (CMOH) can help you avoid potential hazards and prevent workplace accidents and illness. How do I make an enquiry or complaint? You can seek advice about creating a safe working environment or make a complaint about unsafe conditions by contacting your...

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The Triumph of the Incremental Approach” “Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises. Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously found themselves made parties in Jarndyce...

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The very fact that the first set of rules to be legislated and applied by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) attempted to address the noise pollution phenomenon suggests that perhaps the Government felt it could be less difficult than, say, the air, water and hazardous/toxic materials pollution problems. The noise pollution rules have been in force for a decade, hence the key question? Have they made any difference? I am not aware of any recent objective surveys of current noise pollution in comparison with earlier ones, but subjectively, and from reading many public complaints, I am inclined to the view...

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The Labour Market Inspectorate division of the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro-Enterprise Development ensures that both employers and employees are aware of the rights of workers, and that these rights are respected. Workers' rights are protected by law in Trinidad and Tobago. Some of these rights include minimum wage, rate of pay, hours of work, overtime work, meal break, rest period, vacation leave, sick leave, and maternity benefits. Clarification on the rights of workers according to the terms and conditions of work and the relevant legislation can be sought at the Ministry of Labour and Small...

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Trinidad and Tobago nationals travelling abroad sometimes experience financial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances. Such situations can usually be resolved easily and quickly by transferring money from Trinidad and Tobago through commercial money transfer agencies. Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Missions can provide information on local money transfer agencies. If these channels are not available, the Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Mission can contact your relatives or friends in Trinidad and Tobago to ask them to send you funds either directly or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is unable, under any circumstances, to give...

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