The Appeal Court has ruled in favour of the Law Association's appeal against a judge's decision to shut down its investigation into allegations of misconduct against Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
The ruling was handed down unanimously by acting Chief Justice Allan Mendonca and Justices of Appeal Peter Jamadar and Nolan Bereaux in the Appeal Court today.
The Appeal Court judges also dismissed Archie's judicial review application.
Embattled Chief Justice Ivor Archie has gone on vacation leave until the end of next month.
An email sent by his administrative secretary Shabiki Cazabon to Judges and Masters of the T&T Supreme Court yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by the T&T Guardian, advised that Archie would be out of the jurisdiction from May 19 to June 30 to continue his vacation leave, which was cut short due to his mother’s death earlier this month.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie has left the country on vacation until May 9th.
The confirmation came via a statement by the Judiciary.
The statement says: "The Hounourable Mr Justice Allan Mendonca J.A. will perform the functions of Chief Justice in the absence of The Honourable the Chief Justice Mr Justice Ivor Archie who is out of the country on vacation leave from Tuesday 20th March 2018 to Wednesday 9th May 2018."
The CJ had indicated that he would proceed on vacation leave after standing down his request for a controversial sabbatical leave.
March 15, 2018
His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, O.R.T.T., S.C.,
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,
The Office of the President,
The President’s House,
PORT OF SPAIN.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the decision by Chief Justice Ivor Archie to stand-down his decision to go on sabbatical leave and instead apply for vacation, averted "consequences" that he was prepared to take.
The prime minister said he rejects the president's justification of the sabbatical leave.
Dr Rowley was addressing a post-Cabinet news conference today.
He said the position of the Cabinet is that there is no provision for the Chief Justice to go on sabbatical leave.
There are clear grounds for impeachment, it's the opinion of one senior counsel over the most recent debacle involving the office of the Chief Justice.
Attorney Israel Khan says the Chief Justice's move is not lawful.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie has backed down on his decision to pursue a sabbatical leave but will instead take vacation leave to pursue his studies in the United States.
The Chief Justice issued a statement to this regard Wednesday afternoon, one day before the prime minister was due to pronounce on the matter.
The following is the Chief Justice's statement.
As the Anglican Church held a thanksgiving service for President-elect Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday, President Anthony Carmona was due back to deal with issues concerning Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
Weekes will be sworn in as President at 10 am next week Monday at a ceremony at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah. She will become T&T’s sixth Head of State and the country’s first female President.