T&T appoints new Chief Justice

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, January 25, 2008 – Judicial history was made in Trinidad & Tobago yesterday with the swearing in of the oil rich island’s youngest chief justice.

Chief Justice Ivor Archie was sworn in to office by President Max Richards as Trinidad and Tobago’s 16th chief justice today.

CJ Archie takes up the post after two years of wrangling between the government, the chief magistrate and outgoing Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma, who demitted office yesterday. Sharma, who was on hand to congratulate Archie, was quoted in the media as saying he has high hopes that his successor `will do well` in leading the judiciary.

Archie said he will be working closely with the judges and all stakeholders `to ensure the job gets done` and does not foresee any problems with the executive as he seeks to maintain the independence of the judiciary.

Chief Justice Archie was born on August 18, 1960 in Tobago. He attended Scarborough Anglican Boys` School and Bishop`s High School where he completed his O`levels. He later attended St. Mary`s College in Port of Spain at which he sat his A` level exams. Having attained a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of the West Indies, Archie successfully read for a degree in law with Upper Second Class Honors from the University of Southampton. From there, he proceeded to the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and was admitted to the Bar in 1986.

Trinidad and Tobago`s new CJ spent a significant part of his legal career in the service of the Government of the Cayman Islands, first as Crown Counsel and then Senior Crown Counsel from 1990 to 1995 and then as Solicitor General from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, he was appointed to the High Court bench of Trinidad and Tobago and then to the Court of Appeal in 2004.

In addition to his judicial responsibilities, the Chief Justice served as Chairman of the Board of the Judicial Education Institute and also participated in important Court projects, such as the implementation of the New Rules of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice is a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and a qualified trainer of those responsible for the design and delivery of Judicial Education Programs.

With interests that range from theology to lawn tennis, the new Chief Justice is also a member of the well-known Lydians choir. He is married with two children. (CaribWorldNews.com)