Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 19th 2015 Contents to represent them in court. However, many accused
persons, even those on more serious charges, choose
to represent themselves and argue their own case.
Legal Aid is available at the discretion of the magistrate
to persons charged. If you cannot afford to hire a
lawyer and you wish to be represented by one you
should ask the magistrate at the earliest chance for
a legal aid lawyer to be appointed.
The Magistrates' Court also hears preliminary
inquiries in indictable matters before those matters
are sent to the High Court for trial. The magistrate's
function at a preliminary inquiry is to decide if the
prosecution has made out a prima facie case against
the accused to justify his/her trial by jury.
A person who is dissatisfied with the decision of
the magistrate in a summary trial may file an appeal
to the Court of Appeal. An appeal must be filed
within 7 days of the decision.
• Next week: The Supreme Court
Co-ordinator: Roshan Ramcharitar. This column
is not legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you
should consult a legal adviser.
and he was happy to see a much larger
turnout than for the three previous
The food festival featured the diverse
cuisine of corps' member countries.
Past proceeds have been donated to
various charities including The Chil-
dren's Life Fund, The Renal and Dial-
ysis Unit at Eric Williams Complex,
The Animal Welfare Network, The
Down Syndrome Family Network, The
Autistic Society of T&T, The Friends
of Tobago AIDS Society, The Wildlife
Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre.
President Anthony Carmona presents St Mary's Hall of Fame inductee Dr
Wayne Frederick, president of Howard University in Washington DC, with his
plaque at Saturday's induction ceremony at the college's Centenary Hall in
Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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All sizes including
Cedar, Kiln Dried &
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A donation of about $100,000
will be given to the Cyril Ross
Nursery, a non-profit organisa-
tion specially chosen by Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley, from
funds raised during the recent
International Food Festival at the
Radisson Hotel in Port-of-Spain.
The festival, which was held
under the patronage of the Prime
Minister, was hosted by the Con-
sular Corps of T&T.
Rowley's charity of choice, the
Cyril Ross Nursery, was
announced on the gala night,
which was well attended by scores
of people, including current and
former government ministers,
business people and local chefs.
The Cyril Ross Nursery, which
is owned and operated by the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul,
houses more 30 children and is
responsible for the medical man-
agement of thirty other children
living with their parents and or
guardians in different parts of
Honorary consulate for Lebanon
and Dean of Consular Corps,
Amer Haidar told the T&T
Guardian the event was a success
Last week, we began this series on the court sys-
tem by looking at civil matters in the Magistrates
Court. We noted the three levels of the court sys-
• The Magistrates' Court---the first level;
• The Supreme Court of Judicature, comprising the
High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal---
the second level
• The Privy Council---the third level and final court
We continue this week by looking at the criminal
jurisdiction of the Magistrates' Court.
The jurisdiction of the magistrate in criminal cases
is limited to particular offences. A magistrate usually
only hears matters of a summary nature, that is,
matters which are less serious in nature. There is an
exception for certain indictable offences, which are
more serious offences that are usually tried before
a judge and jury in the High Court.
For some offences, if the prosecution recommends
summary trial and the person who is accused agrees
to summary trial, the magistrate may try an indictable
case in the Magistrate Court. It is, however, the right
of an accused to have an indictable case tried before
a judge and jury.
Matters heard in the Magistrates' Court are heard
before a magistrate alone. There is no jury at a sum-
mary trial. The magistrate decides what law applies
and also decides the facts.
Proceedings for summary offences begin when a
complaint is laid. A complaint is a statement setting
out what a person has been charged with and giving
brief details of when, where and how the offence
took place. Once a complaint is laid, usually by a
police officer, the next step taken is that a summons
is issued to the person charged by the magistrate or
justice of the peace in the area in which the complaint
is laid. A summons is a notice to a person to appear
at the relevant court on a particular date.
Some persons then choose to retain an attorney
$100,000 raised for Cyril Ross Nursery
The court system of T&T
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
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