PM: Has the UNC interfered with the independence of the Judiciary?
A storm has erupted in the election campaign over the resignation of a judge and magistrate to run as candidates for the United National Congress (UNC).
Kamla welcomes Justice Volney
Hours after his resignation from the Judiciary, UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar last night confirmed Justice Herbert Volney would contest the St Joseph seat on a UNC ticket.
Would UNC law sink candidate Volney?
Justice Herbert Volney’s decision to leave the bench for the election fray has prompted discussion on a relevant stipulation in the constitution of United National Congress (UNC). Article 19 says that “no person shall be elected to hold any office in the party or to represent the party at any level who has not been a member for at least 12 months.”
Judges ‘should stay independent’
Archie, in his two-page statement, observed: ‘It would be wholly improper for a sitting judge to even entertain any private discussion with any political party or group, either generally or in preparation for a transition to representative politics.’
UNC St Joseph front runner hits ‘govt of the day’
Former Supreme Court judge Justice Herbert Volney has expressed serious doubt that the “government of the day” will maintain respect for the independence of the judiciary “given recent signals of future intent.”
CJ: No politics in the judiciary
Chief Justice Ivor Archie (CJ) yesterday assured the national community of his unswerving commitment and that of the judges of the Supreme Court to an independent and impartial judiciary.