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PM sends condolences to Hudson-Phillips' family

Former Attorney-General passes away in London
Published: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Karl Hudson-Phillips

Former Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Karl Terrence Hudson-Phillips has died, aged 80.

 

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has offered condolences to the Hudson-Phillips' family, describing him as "a lawyer par excellence" and saying his death "brings to an end an era of legal luminaries in Trinidad and Tobago".

 

"He was very articulate and he earned the respect of all, the Bench, the Bar, and the general public. He served the State well for several years, and although he was part of the coalition of parties which formed the Government in 1986, he never offered himself for political office.

 

"Even in our darkest days following the 1990 attempted coup, Mr Hudson-Phillips was appointed lead counsel for the prosecution against the insurrectionists. Mr Hudson-Phillips always offered timely advice to the legal profession. He would surely be missed."

 

Hudson-Phillips was President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago from 1999 for four terms. His death has had an impact on the legal fraternity.

 

A statement from the Association said, "Mr. Hudson-Phillips was a powerful legal luminary and an outstanding and formidable advocate, whose career spanned over fifty years at the local and regional bars.  He was a mentor, friend and benefactor to countless junior counsel/attorneys around the region.  He will be sorely missed."

 

High Commissioner the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in London also extended condolences.

 

"My colleagues and I in the legal community have lost a true stalwart of the profession, a man who dedicated his life to the tenets of justice. He was never afraid to stand for what he believed in, and strived tirelessly for national development. It is my hope that his legacy continues to inspire the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago."

 

 

Phillips, a former judge of the International Criminal Court, was a Queen's Counsel and a recipient of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

As Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago from 1969 to 1973, he oversaw the implementation of significant legislative reform.

 

He was Lead Counsel in the murder trial of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, and defended and prosecuted in several other high-profile criminal trials in the Caribbean.

 

In 1959, after graduating from the University of Cambridge in the UK, Judge Hudson-Phillips was called to the Bars of the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago respectively, and in 1970, he was appointed Queen's Counsel of the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

He was a Law Reform Commissioner and had an extensive private practice in Trinidad and Tobago and in the Commonwealth Caribbean, as well as before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. 

 

Born April 20, 1933, Hudson-Phillips died peacefully in his sleep in London Wednesday night, where he was reportedly visiting with family.