San Juan vendors rent to stay the same pending lawsuit

Vendors at the San Juan market can continue paying the rent they have had since 1996 while their lawsuits over rental increases at the facility are being determined. 

This morning, high court judge Frank Seepersad granted the vendors an injunction blocking the San Juan/Laventille regional corporation from charging the vendors increased rent. 

Seepersad took the decision after he granted leave to vendor Jaiwantee Maccoon to pursue a lawsuit in which she is alleging that the corporation acted unlawfully by attempting to raise the rent without amending its bye-laws. 

Chinese businessman accused of human trafficking denied bail again

For the fourth time in five months, a Chinese businessman accused of human trafficking has been denied bail. 

Three appeal court judges rejected an application from chang bao wang to reconsider bail for him. 

In the application, Wang claimed that when he was denied bail by the court in July, prosecutors claimed that the preliminary inquiry into the charges would be completed in a month. 

Wang's lawyers claimed that the suggested timeline was erroneous as the preliminary inquiry was prolonged due to language barriers with the accused and the Venezuelan victims. 

$1m compensation for family of teenager killed by cop

The fam­i­ly of a 17-year-old boy, who was ac­ci­den­tal­ly shot and killed by a po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing a par­ty in 2014, is set to re­ceive over $1 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion. 

De­liv­er­ing an oral judg­ment at the end of a brief tri­al at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day morn­ing, High Court Judge Frank Seep­er­sad or­dered the com­pen­sa­tion as he ruled that PC Clyde Best was neg­li­gent in Ri­car­do Mo­hammed’s death. 

Antoine: TT's lawyer fees highest in Caribbean

In her fea­ture ad­dress cen­tred around ju­di­cial re­form dur­ing the church ser­vice for the cer­e­mo­ni­al open­ing of the 2019-2020 Law Term, dean of the law fac­ul­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (UWI) Prof. Rose-Marie Belle An­toine said that, in her opin­ion, lawyer fees in the coun­try "are too high".

An­toine al­so re­vealed that the lawyer fees in TT are some of the high­est in the Caribbean re­gion.

Junior Sammy’s $3.5m court levy delayed

A con­tract­ing com­pa­ny was yes­ter­day forced to tem­porar­i­ly with­draw its levy against Ju­nior Sam­my Con­trac­tors Lim­it­ed over an un­paid $3.5 mil­lion court judge­ment. 

Court mar­shals, po­lice of­fi­cers and lawyers rep­re­sent­ing West­ern Gen­er­al Con­trac­tors Ser­vices Lim­it­ed went to Ju­nior Sam­my’s com­pound in Clax­ton Bay, around 6 am yes­ter­day morn­ing, to ex­e­cute the judge­ment and be­gin the process of seiz­ing items to re­cov­er the debt.