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.