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A little more than a week ago, the Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlan announced that she will be retiring December 15, 2017. According to top Canadian jurists, her unexpected retirement will be a dramatic loss for the Canadian Supreme Court. Since joining the Supreme Court in 1989, she has heard more than 2,000 Supreme Court appeals and written...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Last Tuesday, the Guardian reproduced some of the questions that were asked of prospective judges for our High Court.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Another rise and fall in West Indies cricket is sweeping by us with the West Indies Cricket Board completely bereft and uncaring of an understanding of what is taking place and its implications.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In 2000, the then UNC government passed the Deoxyribonucleic (DNA) Identification Act (“the 2000 DNA Act”), which was intended to be at the forefront of the fight against crime by providing for DNA forensic analysis and allowing DNA reports to be put into evidence.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

When Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley recently confessed dissatisfaction with the Finance Ministry’s public outreach on the property tax, he’d said it didn’t mean “anyone” would be fired “tomorrow.”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

For some reason the armed robbery of Father Clyde Harvey triggered reactions of shock from members of the public. It seemed inconceivable to many that criminals would target a man of the cloth. Father Harvey is, unfortunately, as eligible as any of us to be targeted by criminal predators.

Friday, June 16, 2017

An historic victory was won last week when child marriage was pro­hibited by amendments to the marriage laws of T&T.

This was a victory for the women’s movement, support­ed by male allies and working across race, class and religion, despite how fraught that can be.

Friday, June 16, 2017

I waited in vain for the outrage that should come from a civilised society, with the revelation that in our justice system, there are young men, who at 11 and 13 years of age, were charged with a crime, and after ELEVEN years, their cases have not yet begun.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Last week I alluded to the public’s perception being a possible applicable test in determining the scores of the Chief Justice and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) as well as a yardstick against which the confidence reposed by the public in the Judiciary could be measured.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From what I now belatedly understand, T&T officially follows internationally accepted guidelines for patient care in the state system.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It is illegal to drive over 80km on the highway, to drink alcohol and drive or to commit murder, yet we can all agree that each of these happen as though there were no laws against them.

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