Law Association to Refer Allegations of Misconduct against Trinidad Chief Justice for Impeachment Consideration

Chief Justice Ivor Archie

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday December 12, 2018 – The Law Asso­ci­a­tion of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) last night vot­ed to re­fer allegations of mis­con­duct against Chief Jus­tice Ivor Archie to Prime Minister Dr Kei­th Row­ley in a first step to have im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings started against him.

During a spe­cial gen­er­al meet­ing at which Archie’s lawyers were present, 150 LATT members voted in favour of sending a report com­piled by eminent re­gion­al se­nior coun­sel Ea­mon Har­ri­son Courte­nay and Fran­cis Alex­is – who were hired by the as­so­ci­a­tion to probe the al­le­ga­tions made against the Chief Justice – to Prime Minister Rowley. 32 voted against.

The move came four months after LATT was given the green light to complete its probe into Archie, who had challenged its right to investigate him at the Privy Council.

LATT pres­i­dent Dou­glasMendes SC said the re­port would now be “sent to the Prime Minister with great alacrity”.

The association wants Rowleyto use the findings of the report to consider whether Section 137 of the Constitution can be triggered to establish a tribunal to investigate the allegations against Archie.

Under the legislation, the Prime Minister has the power to advise the President to appoint that tribunal, and the President can refer the question of whether a judge should be removed from office to the Judicial Committee. The Chief Justice has been accused of at­tempt­ing to per­suade judges to change their State-pro­vid­ed se­cu­ri­ty in favour of a pri­vate company where his friend and con­vict­ed fraud­ster, Dil­lian John­son, worked. He was al­so ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to fast-track state housing applications for his friends.

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