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T&T Transparency Institute says judiciary needs urgent systematic change

The Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute says recent events have caused public debate about the governance of the legal system and are strong indicators of the need for review of a fundamental institution that supports our democracy.

However, it explains that there must be caution in the manner in which we seek to bring about such change adding that the independence and respect of the judiciary is maintained while responding to public demand for accountability.

TTTI in a media release said the need for institutional review, including introduction of a greater measure of transparency in the selection of those entrusted with the responsibility for imparting justice, is required.

The group noted that the criteria and methodology for selection of those who are entrusted with the responsibility of imparting justice at the highest level must be transparent and available to the public.

TTTI also called for urgent and tangible action by the administrators of the country’s legal system to review the mechanisms related to the governance of the judiciary so that integrity, transparency and public accountability are upheld.