Phase in the use of CCJ
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
'Diego' man missing 6 days
RELATIVES of Elwin Cambridge, also known as "Shortman", are seeking the public's assistance in locating him. Cambridge, 49, an employee with the Port of Spain City Corporation, left his home at Sea Trace, Diego Martin, around 6.30 p.m. last Friday to ply his taxi along the Diego Martin-to-Port of Spain route.
GOODBYE PRIVY COUNCIL
PM starts process to abolish criminal appeals to London court in favour of CCJ
Out goes Privy Council
After insisting T&T would not adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal without a referendum, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told Parliament yesterday her Government had reviewed the matter and would abolish this year criminal appeals to the London-based Privy Council.
Make clean break, Kamla
LEADER of the Opposition, Dr Keith Rowley, yesterday supported moves by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to shift TT's final appellate court in criminal cases from the UK-based Privy Council (PC) to the TT-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
De La Bastide on move from Privy Council: Why not the whole hog?
Questions have been raised why the Prime Minister decided to abolish the Privy Council as it related to only criminal matters. Both Sharma and De La Bastide also questioned why all appeals, including civil matters, could not be heard by the CCJ. "I really do not understand the split in the jurisdiction?
Phase in the use of CCJ
Trinidad and Tobago (TT) should phase in the use of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as this country's final court of appeal.
Attorneys welcome Govt's move to CCJ
SEVERAL prominent attorneys are welcoming the announcement by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Government's intention to abolish appeals to the Privy Council in all criminal matters and, instead, have the matters determined by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Senior Counsel supports decision: Mendes: T&T now fully independent
Finally, we have a commitment from the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago to begin to close the final chapter on the colony of Trinidad and Tobago by abolishing appeals to the British Privy Council.
Calls to child hotline triple in a year
Over 35,000 calls have been generated to the national student hotline over the last year, Minister of the People Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh said yesterday.
State spends $.8m on Kamla's sister
The total amount of public funds spent between June 1, 2010 and March 31, 2012 for Vidwatie Newton to accompany her sister, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, on official overseas travel is $868,268.11, says leader of government business Roodal Moonilal. He gave the figure yesterday in the House of Representatives in reply to an Opposition question.
...Moonilal: Nearly $.9m spent on PM's sister
...We were never told she was a nurse, says Rowley
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley says yesterday's disclosure in the Parliament that there is no official position called travel assistant to the Prime Minister now raises even more questions about the State funds allocated to the Prime Minister's sister, Vidwatie Newton, when she accompanied the head of the Cabinet on foreign trips.
Vernella explains $41,000 Hyatt bill
Tobago Development Minister Vernella Alleyne-Toppin incurred a total of $41,177.84 in costs at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, from June 2010 to date. Toppin gave the figure in reply to an Opposition question in the House of Representatives yesterday.
India trip costs Energy Ministry $2.9m—Ramnarine
The Energy Ministry racked up a total of $2.9 million in costs for representatives who went on the Government's India trip in January, according to Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine. Ramnarine, at yesterday's House of Representatives meeting, said the costs were for himself and 15 other heads and senior officials of the National Gas Co, National Energy Corporation, Petrotrin, NP and Lake Asphalt.
Manning's leave extended
San Fernando East MP Patrick Manning was granted further leave (of absence) from Parliament until July 24.
'Express' workers get 15% increase
Youth, 15, shot
PLUMES of dark smoke billowed skyward yesterday afternoon as Bagatelle residents blocked roads throughout Diego Martin - including the main road - with burning debris as they protested the shooting of 15-year-old Hakeem George by a man whom they said was a police officer.
Violence erupts again at cement plant
Southern Division officers are saying several violent incidents at the Trinidad Cement Limited plant at Mayo during the past two days came as a direct result of the decision to withdraw off-duty police officers from the strike camp.
Bail for 3 TCL strikers on obstruction charges
Police Association secretary: We got no money for Industrial Court case
Himself paying himself. This was the accusation made by some police officers, who have claimed the president and secretary of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association have pocketed union dues when they sought to stop the 21st-century policing initiative.
Former UK cop: Dogs Act flawed
'Manning gave Bakr special privileges'
FORMER People's National Movement (PNM) senator Muhammad Shabazz yesterday told the commission of enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup of the preferential treatment meted out to leader of the insurgence Imam Yasin Abu Bakr by former prime minister Patrick Manning.
...Ex-PNM senator sees signs of another 1990
Verna: No sex till 18
MINISTER of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Verna St Rose-Greaves, yesterday said the age of consent in TT is to be raised to age 18 years, from the present age of 16 years under the Sexual Offences Act.
Mc Donald: Bias against unwed mothers
OPPOSITION Chief Whip, Marlene Mc Donald, has alleged that the law discriminates against unwed mothers by requiring them to get the consent of their common-law partner in order to access a $2,500 special maternity grant from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).
Face-off in Bagatelle
Residents accuse police of shooting schoolboy
Body found: bag over face
POLICE are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the body of a man which was found with a sheet and bag tied over the face near a cemetery in Belmont yesterday.
Licks for armed bandit
Victims turn table after hold-up...
'Noose around my client's neck'
THE attorney for a man charged with six counts of committing grievous sexual assault on a minor, yesterday complained to a San Fernando magistrate that his client was set upon by a group of villagers, beaten and then had a rope, fashioned as a hangman's noose, placed around his neck, shortly before he (the accused) was arrested on Monday night.
HOW much credence is to be given to charges that the Government is illicitly spying upon citizens, as alleged last Monday at a news conference by Opposition Leader, Dr Keith Rowley?
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