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Laws of Trinidad and Tobago

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Commercial Law Memorandum On Foreign Investment

1. The former restrictive provisions of the Aliens (Landholding) Act have been repealed and replaced by a new Foreign Investment Act, No. 16 of 1990 designed to encourage investment by foreign investors. 2. A foreign investor is defined by the Act to mean:- (a) An individual who is neither a citizen of "a Caricom member country" nor a resident of Trinidad and Tobago; (b) Any firm, partnership or unincorporated body of persons of whom at least one half of its members consist of persons to whom (a) or (c) applies; or (c) Any company that is not incorporated in a Caricom member country, or...

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THE PROCESS OF LAWMAKING

Prepared by The Parliament Secretariat The Red House, Port-of-Spain What are laws? All organizations need rules to function. Society, as the most complex of organizations, needs a large variety of rules to govern relations with and between its members. Because society is constantly changing, these rules need regular updating, and new rules need to be made to meet new circumstances. There are two sorts of rules which regulate the activities of society. There are customs and conventions, and there are laws. There are two types of law - common law and statute law. Common law is made by the decisions of judges in particular...

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence Q. What is Domestic Violence? A. Includes any form of abuse whether it be mental, verbal, physical, sexual, financial, emotional or psychological, committed by a person against a spouse, child, and any other person who is a member of the household or dependant. Q. What is a Protection/Restraining Order? A. A Protection or Restraining Order is a court document which restrains a person from engaging in abusive behaviour of any type. Q. Where do you go to apply for a restraining Order? A. To the Clerk of the Peace of the District Magistrate Court in which you live. Q. Who can apply for a protection...

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WHAT IS BREACH OF MARRIAGE PROMISE?

Breach of Marriage Promise A common-law right of action for breaking a commitment to enter into matrimony. The right of action for breach of a marriage promise has been abolished in a majority of states. Agreement to Marry An agreement to marry is different from all other contractual relations. The reason for this is that both its object and the relationship created between the parties are completelydifferent from those of any other contract. In order to recover for breach of promise, the plaintiff must establish that the two parties had a valid existing contract to marry. This can beaccomplished by a showing that both...

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WHAT IS ALIMONY?

Alimony Payment that a family court may order one person in a couple to make to the other person when that couple separates or divorces. The purpose of alimony is to avoid any unfair economic consequences of a Divorce, even after property is divided and Child Support, if any, is awarded. Courts set few specificguidelines to attaining this broad goal: instead of telling judges how and when to award alimony, most courts simply grant them broad discretion to decide what is fair in eachcase.For example, suppose two individuals who married in 1985 agree in 1995 to divorce. At the time of the...

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LIBEL & SLANDER

What is Libel & Slander? Libel and Slander Two torts that involve the communication of false information about a person, a group, or an entity such as a corporation. Libel is any Defamation that can be seen, such as a writing, printing, effigy, movie, or statue. Slander is any defamation that is spoken and heard. Collectively known as defamation, libel and slander are civil wrongs that harm a reputation; decrease respect, regard, or confidence; or induce disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity. The injury to one's good name or reputation is affected through written or spoken words...

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BETTER POLICE LEADERSHIP NEEDED

Last Updated on 24.03.2015 Attorney at Law Martin George has called for effective leadership in the Police Service following Monday's 'day of policing' which led to massive traffic gridlocks throughout both islands. Mr. George said while the police action caused "tremendous inconvenience," the officers have issues they have been negotiating for, for some time, but this should not have impacted citizens in the way it did. He said while it may not have necessarily been the best way to approach their problem, the action showed deficiencies in leadership in the Police Service. "We the ordinary citizen, we are not the ones who have stalled...

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