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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
President of the Public Secondary Schools Prin-
cipals Association, Reuben Hansraj, says if Edu-
cation Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh believes there
is mismanagement of school funds he should give
principals financial management training.
Responding to Gopeesingh s request for audits of
all government secondary schools, Hansraj said the
minister was giving the impression that the principals
were making a hash of their annual allowances. How-
ever, he said, all schools were audited annually by
the Ministries of Education and Finance.
"At the beginning of October every year, auditors
come to all government schools to audit both gov-
ernment and school funds," Hansraj said in a phone
interview on Monday.
"I think he is sending the impression that the prin-
cipals are mismanaging the money. I am not sure
that audits are what will correct this. Probably what
is needed is for principals to get training in financial
Noting the minister s scolding over the weekend
of Arima Central Secondary School principal Bernice
Davis over the rundown conditions at the school
over the weekend, he said not enough money was
allocated to principals, especially at aging schools.
Asked if there were schools where principals had
spent money badly, he said: "That is difficult to
answer, because every principal will have his or her
ideas or what is important in his or her school.
"So I might say let us fix a particular block, and
another principal might say, let us fix something
else. The principals, with their management teams
in the schools, would normally determine how the
monies are spent."
Hansraj said each school must submit a budget
proposal to the ministry six months ahead of the
national budget but no school ever gets the requested
amount. He said insufficient funds contributed to
the poor conditions that were seen at the Arima
Central Secondary School.
He said more funding to schools would help ease
the burden on the Education Facilities Company Ltd,
as schools would be able to undertake some of the
minor repairs during the school term.
Arima Central Secondary School principal Bernice Davis listens to Education
Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh during his tour of the school last Saturday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Tim should start
Principals' body on $$ mismanagement claim:
While touring the 52-year-old Arima Central Secondary
School on Saturday, Gopeesingh scolded principal Bernice
Davis for the dilapidated conditions at the school in front
of parents, students and members of the board.
With an annual allocation of $1.05 million to the school,
Gopeesingh insisted it was not being managed properly
by Davis, as there were uncleaned floors, broken
furniture stacked in a room and an overgrown playing
field. It was then he told his permanent secretary Simone
Thorne-Moora that he wanted audits of all government
He said under the Education Act, schools and boards
were required to provide the ministry with audits for the
previous year, but out of 108 secondary schools only two
had presented audits since 2012.
Hansraj declined to comment on Gopeesingh's scolding
of the principal.
WHAT THE MINISTER SAID
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