Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday insisted that Government will not be roped into the ongoing controversy with the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC), Chief Justice Ivor Archie and former High Court judge Marcia Ayers-Caesar, saying they would maintain a “Great Wall of China” approach on the issue.
Rowley said the matter fell within the borders of the Judiciary and the executives and as such saw no reason why the Government should request a commission of enquiry on the matter.
Former chief magistrate and High Court judge Marcia Ayers-Caesar intends to write to the Law Association to give her side of the story in the ongoing saga which has left more than 50 part-heard matters which were before her in the Magistrates’ Court in abeyance and put her under the public microscope.
Former High Court judge Marcia Ayers-Caesar, who once sat as the Chief Magistrate of this country, is now in limbo as there has been no word from the office of the Chief Justice on whether she has been restored as a magistrate.
It was widely expected that she would have returned to the Port-of-Spain Eighth Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where part-heard matters were listed. But she was a no-show.
Marcia Ayers-Caesar has stepped down from the High Court less than two weeks after receiving her instruments of appointment.
In a release issued Thursday afternoon, the former chief magistrate stated that after deliberation she spoke with the chief justice and then tendered her resignation to the president.
Her appointment to the High Court had been met with strong opposition from senior members of the legal fraternity.
The Law Association also expressed deep concern over the promotion.