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Law body appeal hearing today

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Law Association will find out if it will be granted an urgent appeal of the judgement barring it from continuing its investigation into misconduct allegations levelled against Chief Justice Ivor Archie this morning.

The association was yesterday granted a 9 am hearing of its urgency application before an Appellate Judge at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain.

In the event the association is blanked, which seems unlikely, it would have no choice but to immediately cancel its special general meeting, carded for next Thursday, as a typical non-emergency appeal takes several months to be listed for hearing before a three-member panel. The meeting was set by the association to inform its members of the results of its internal investigation into the allegations and the subsequent advice it had received from two eminent regional lawyers.

In its appeal, the association is claiming High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo made several errors in her 19-page judgement delivered in Archie’s favour on Tuesday afternoon. It is claiming Kangaloo misinterpreted the Constitution when she ruled it did not have the power to investigate the allegations against Archie before referring them to the Prime Minister to trigger an impeachment tribunal under Section 137 of the Constitution.


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