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Former Attorney-General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is criticising what he says is an attack to the rule of law, as it pertains to a move by the Government to initiate disciplinary action against former attorney general John ­Jeremie.

The matter is in respect to Jeremie’s legal representation of shareholders in the CL Financial liquidation court matter under the Legal Profession Act.

According to the state, Jeremie was privy to all the Government information with respect to the intervention into CL Financial when he was Attorney General between May 2009 and May 2010.

However, Maharaj issued a statement, which in part says that Mr Jeremie has not only the right to represent his clients but his clients have the constitutional right to representation of their choice.  Mr Jeremie is a critical element of the team.

Maharaj says Government has today mounted a desperate and cowardly attack on the integrity of a Senior Counsel hiding behind the title of the anonymous source.

Additionally, Maharaj says this is an attack on the independence and fearlessness of Attorneys-at-Law to defend their clients in the interests of justice. It is also an attack on the rule of law and the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.”

 

Life Guards are voicing concern about what they described as the poor condition of the towers built for them at the popular Maracas and Las Cuevas beaches.

The matter was highlighted by Augustus Sylvester who is the Health and Safety Branch Officer of the National Union of Government and Federated Workers.

In a News Power Now interview this afternoon Mr Sylvester said the issue has caused the lifeguards to no longer use the facility.

He complained that this matter can affect their effectiveness especially during the July\August holiday when more persons visit the locations.

The Oilfields Workers Trade Union took its mobilization campaign to Sangre-Grande today ahead of its march planned for August 4th.

The union maintains that in these tough economic times workers should not be made to feel the brunt of austerity measures.

Already the union has visited Arima, Chaguanas and San Fernando.

Point Fortin is the next on this agenda.

The In  a News Power Now interview today, Education and the Research Officer, Ozzie Warwick, said public support for the campaign was positive.

Former Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar has initiated legal action against the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.

This was confirmed by her attorney Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj Friday morning.

Ayers-Caesar is seeking to have the court judicially review the move by the JLSC, headed by Chief Justice Ivor Archie and the Office of the President for its decision to strip her of her position as a High Court judge, which she says is illegal.

The matter has been assigned to Justice David Harris; a date for hearing is yet to be set.

The issue was one of the points discussed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Tuesday, however both leaders could not agree on a manner of approach.

 

In wake of the devastating fire that destroyed the Georgetown Prison Minister of Finance Winston Jordan is to approach the National Assembly to approve supplementary funds to deal with emergency expenditure. Jordan told the Department of Public Information that his ministry is currently awaiting the financial figures from the Public Security Ministry, “They’re to put a plan that involves the emergency expenditure and other short-term expenditures. The other long term or medium-term expenditure will be provided for in the 2018 budget, so we’ll just deal with the emergency expenditure for now, which we’ll return to parliament for shortly.”

The Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Public Security have been utilising their existing resources to meet emergency expenditure required to fund rehabilitation works at the Georgetown Prisons. Both ministries will be refunded even as they seek additional funds for other areas they will have to meet, Minister Jordan explained.
Following the July 09 fire, which gutted the wooden sections of the Georgetown Prisons, just over 1,000 prisoners were transferred to the Lusignan, Timehri, New Amsterdam and Mazaruni Prisons. This necessitated additional spending by the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Public Security as additional infrastructural works had to be undertaken to facilitate the temporary holding facility at Lusignan and rehabilitation works on the Camp Street concrete prison.