The Law Association is likely to make a decision on the allegations against Chief Justice before year’s end.
The membership of the law body intends to meet on December 11 to examine its report on misconduct allegations against Chief Justice Ivor Archie and decide if to pursue further action in the new year - or not.
Guardian Media confirmed the situation on Monday after the Association sent out a notice to members calling for a special general meeting on December 11. This will be to consider the report of the committee of the Council appointed to ascertain/substantiate the allegations against the Chief Justice.
The meeting will be held at 3 pm at the Hyatt Recency, in Port-of-Spain.
President of the association, Douglas Mendes SC, said the meeting “is what the notice said it will be” - to examine the report on the CJ.
At the meeting, LATT membership will also consider the advice of QCs Dr Francis Alexis and Eamon Courtenay and “direct the Council as to the course of action to be taken, if any.”
The report will mark the completion of LATT’s probe on the situation concerning Archie. The report and LATTs probe which began on the matter earlier this year had not been completed before Archie filed legal action against LATT. This was eventually overturned by the Privy Council.
Guardian Media confirmed the upcoming membership meeting will seek to decide how to move on the issue going forward: whether to pursue action in the New Year or not. Only practitioner members will be allowed to attend and vote.
The December meeting is the latest development in the issue which has been hanging since last November following several articles alleging misconduct against Archie.
The controversy surrounding Archie arose late last year in a series of newspaper reports which accused Archie of attempting to persuade the judges to change their State-provided security in favour of a private company in which his friend and convicted fraudster Dillian Johnson worked.
Archie was also accused of attempting to fast-track Housing Development Corporation (HDC) applications for Johnson, who has been convicted of fraud.
Late last year, Johnson fled to the United Kingdom after he was wounded at a shooting at his home.
The allegations put the head of the judiciary and the body representing the legal fraternity on a legal collision course - on whether the matter could be probed by LATT- for most of the year. There were also calls including from the Opposition for Government to trigger Section 137 (3). That allows the Prime Minister to communicate with the President triggering impeachment proceedings on whether a judge should be removed from office. The government has not acceded to the demand but had indicated along the way, it was watching the situation “unfold.”
In January, LATT invited Archie to respond to a list of allegations which, its Council Committee felt were “sufficiently substantiated to justify requesting a response.”
Archie’s attorneys felt LATT had no power to conduct the enquiry.
At the ceremonial opening of the law term in September, Archie broke his silence on the allegations deeming them false and unsubstantiated. While he did not take legal action against the author of the claims, he warned he may do so in future.