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November 10 to 16 is mediation week. It is a week designated by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago for the promotion of mediation as a reliable and accessible conflict resolution mechanism. The board is a regulatory body created by the Mediation Act No 8 of 2004. Its main objectives under the act are to certify and to regulate mediators, mediation trainers, mediation agencies and mediation training programmes. As regulators they consider it important that the public be aware of the nature of the process of mediation, its benefits and its various applications, which can have a huge impact in...

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Interception of Communications Act

• Section 5 defines “intercept” as meaning, in relation to a communication, means listening to, monitoring, viewing, reading or recording, by any means, such a communication in its passage over a telecommunications network without the knowledge of the person making or receiving the communication; • The general rule according to section 6(1) is that a person who intentionally intercepts a communication in the course of its transmission by means of a telecommunications network commits an offence - fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for seven years. • However, the exceptions to this rule are where: o The communication is intercepted in obedience to a...

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The language of “justice” is increasingly being used in the public discourse. Listening to most radio talk shows, one could ascertain that justice is no longer solely the jargon of either members of the legal fraternity or human rights activists. In fact, many street protests in the aftermath of police killings, medical negligence and the like are often punctuated with the cry, “We want justice”. If Aristotle’s description of justice as “to each is due” is what we mean by justice and it is becoming part of the language and consciousness of individuals and/or groups, we are indeed on the right...

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AFTER 18 months of discussion, Trinidad and Tobago has been accepted by the United States to the accession to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects on International Child Abduction. The announcement was one of several made yesterday following talks between Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and US Vice-President Joe Biden at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. The accession, which makes T&T the 69th to be accepted by the US, would have happened sooner as the US expressed interest in partnering with Trinidad and Tobago. However, discussions only began in November 2011 when the head of the central authority was appointed. According to...

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14th - 19th Centuries Trinidad, "discovered" by Christopher Columbus in 1498 was to pass under the governance of the Spanish, French and English with full power ceded to the British in the eighteenth century. 1879: British House of Commons considered the question of the future of Trinidad and Tobago and decided to reject a request by the resident planters for a bicameral legislature and internal self-government. Crown Colony Government The British decided to impose Crown Colony Government in which a resident Legislative Council under the authority of a Governor, could advise the British Government but had no effective control over the island, since British...

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Legislation The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago currently has no legislation to deal with GMOs and LMOs. The Cabinet of the Government has appointed a committee to develop a national policy and regulations on biosafety. A legal sub-committee was also formed to deal specifically with relevant legislative reforms. The existing legislation was examined with a view to determine whether any of the said legislation can be amended to address the issues surrounding GMOs and LMOs. Proposed legislation will focus on protection which is required at three stages: prior to arrival of GMOs/LMOs; upon arrival; and during use. Presently a draft biosafety policy...

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1. Access to Treatment 1.1 Every individual should be given impartial access to treatment or available lodging or appropriate medical and personal care based on individual needs, without considering his/her race, religion, gender, national origin or social class. 1.2 The right is limited where the service is not reimbursable by public sector or private resources. 1.3 Special consideration must be given to minors, the homeless and persons with disabilities. 2. Respect 2.1 You have the right to receive respectful treatment from providers of health care at all times and under all circumstances. 2.2 The right to fulfill your civic duty if your clinical condition permits. 3. Privacy...

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The Equal Opportunity (No. 2) Bill, 2011 was introduced in the House of Representatives on 9 November, 2011 in the name of the Honourable Herbert Volney, Minister of Justice. The following is a brief explanation of some aspects of the Bill What is Equal Opportunity? Equality of opportunity is a principle that all people should be treated similarly, unhampered by artificial barriers or prejudices or preferences, except when particular ‘distinctions’ can be explicitly justified. What is discrimination? According to this Bill, discrimination occurs where a person (the discriminator) treats another person (the aggrieved person) in relevant circumstances, which are the same or are not...

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EXTRADITION IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Trinidad and Tobago's domestic legislation dealing with the extradition of fugitives is contained in the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, 1985. Trinidad and Tobago can extradite both citizens and non-citizens. The Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, 1985 (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") provides the domestic legal framework for extradition to and from Trinidad and Tobago. The Attorney General has the exclusive authority to decide whether to order the return of fugitives to declared commonwealth and declared foreign territories. The Attorney General also presents requests for the extradition of fugitives who are abroad and...

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The National Insurance Maternity Benefit is paid to insured women who are away from work as a result pregnancy. The benefit is comprised of a weekly payment of a Maternity Allowance (to maximum of 14 weeks paid in a lump sum) and a Maternity Grant of $3,750.00. The benefit is not paid if a pregnancy has lasted less than 26 weeks unless the pregnancy resulted in a live birth. You may, however, be entitled to sickness benefit. Who Can Claim Maternity Benefit (Allowance and Grant) You can claim for the maternity benefit if - You are between the ages of 16 and 65; You are an...

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