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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt September 7, 2014
TO ALL ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW
OF THE 2014-2015LAW TERM
The Ceremonial Opening of the 2014-2015 Law Term of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Trinidad
and Tobago takes place on Tuesday 16th September, 2013. The opening will begin with an inter-
religious Service of Divine Worship at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Abercromby Street,
Port of Spain, commencing at 10:00a.m.
Members of the Industrial Court, members of the Tax Appeal Board, members of the Environmental
Commission, Masters of the High Court, Magistrates and Attorneys-at-Law are asked to assemble in
the courtyard of the Cathedral at 9:30a.m. where they will be joined by the Honourable Judges of the
Supreme Court for the service.
After the service, at approximately 11:00a.m, there will be a procession from the Cathedral. It will
progress north along Abercromby Street and east into Knox Street, to the Hall of Justice. The
Honourable Chief Justice of Trinidad & Tobago, The Honourable Mr. Justice Ivor Archie, will inspect
a Guard of Honour drawn up on Knox Street by the Trinidad Police Service. The Honourable Judges
of the Supreme Court, Masters of the High Court, Registrars and Magistrates will then assemble on
the steps of the Hall of Justice facing Abercromby Street, where The Honourable Chief Justice will
take the salute by the Guard of Honour.
Thereafter, the Judges of the Supreme Court, Masters of the High Court, Registrars, Magistrates,
members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the legal profession and other guests will proceed to
the Convocation Hall of the Hall of Justice, where The Honourable Chief Justice will address the
gathering and open the 2014-2015 Law Term.
Dated this 29th day of August 2014
Acting Registrar and Marshal
Supreme Court of Judicature
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Such trips helped him get firsthand information
about the living conditions and problems of the
people, their needs and their desires. When he
arrived at the destination, he asked the local people
about their life, working conditions, and other prob-
On these trips, His Majesty s team of experts and
people from relevant agencies study details and
work out new development projects that are con-
sidered necessary. At the same time, they followed
up on the progress of past royally initiated projects.
Out of these countless trips have arisen more
than 3,000 royally initiated projects, covering agri-
culture, water resources, environmental and natural
resource conservation, occupational promotion,
public health, public welfare, and communication.
All these projects are aimed at raising the standard
of rural life and helping farmers to become self-
reliant. Some of them are fundamental in nature,
like water conservation schemes and irrigation the
northeast and the south of Thailand.
The king has always been interested in rice farming
and the farmers way of life. Since the majority of
his subjects are farmers, he intends to sustain this
occupation because Thailand remains the world s
leading rice exporter, providing 28.3 per cent of the
world s rice exports. It remains one of the top ten
rice-producing countries in the world.
Since he acceded to the throne in 1946, the King
has seen many political, social and economic changes,
both in his own kingdom and around the world. He
was on his 28th prime minister and the first female,
Yingluck Shinawatra (the sister of another Prime
Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra who was also over-
thrown in a coup) before she was arrested in May
this year in yet another military coup.
Not only is he the world s longest serving ruler,
the King, who will be 85 in December this year, is
also the richest---by a comfortable margin. According
to Forbes, his estimated net wealth is in excess of
US$30 billion, beating oil-rich Brunei s Sultan Bolkiah
into second place.
The king s top ranking is controversial in Thailand,
to say the least. Republicans grumble that the monar-
chy is wasteful and inefficient. Others are horrified
that foreigners have the gall to turn a lens on their
deified ruler. Royal courtiers insist that Forbes has
it all wrong, that the billions on the balance sheet
belong to the crown, not the man. He is also the
the owner of the Golden Jubilee Diamond, the largest
faceted diamond in the world, which is estimated
to be worth between US$14 million and US$12
million in April 2014.
Even though the king is held in great respect by
many Thais, he is also protected by lese majeste
laws which allow critics to be jailed for three to 15
years. He invited criticism in his 2005 birthday
speech by stating, "Actually, I must also be criticised.
I am not afraid if the criticism concerns when I do
wrong, because then I know. Because if you say the
king cannot be criticised, it means that the king is
not human." He said, "If the king can do no wrong,
it is akin to looking down upon him because the
king is not being treated as a human being. But the
king can do wrong."
Despite this, the lese majeste laws have been
toughened such that criticism of any member of
the royal family, the royal development projects, the
royal institution, the Chakri Dynasty or any previous
Thai king is also banned. This has caused the number
of lese majeste cases to rise from five or six a year
during the pre-2005 period to 478 in 2010.
Yet he remains a living national treasure; but one
has to wonder: for how long?
A living national treasure...
Jail for Thais criticising
King Rama IX
In addition, the king is an accomplished sailor
and sailboat designer, having won a gold medal
for sailing in the Fourth Southeast Asian
Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1967. He is also a
highly respected jazz saxophone player and
composer, playing dixieland and New Orleans
jazz. He plays the clarinet, trumpet, guitar and
piano, and started a jazz band even after he
accessed the throne.
He did all this despite Thailand having more
coups than any other country in the world.
While T&T has only experienced one attempted
coup in 1990, according to the Washington Post,
since 1932, Thailand has endured an astonishing
19 coups, 11 successful military coups, as well as
seven attempted coups.
MORE ABOUT THE KING
The Thai King is the richest royal on the planet. Forbes estimates his wealth at
$35 billion. That bests Queen Elizabeth ($30 billion), the Sultan of Brunei ($20
billion) and the Saudi King Abdullah ($18 billion).
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