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guardian.co.tt Sunday, May 14, 2017
As Mr Bumble said in Dicken’s
novel, Oliver Twist, “The law is an
Trinidadians have a pre-dispo-
sition to making mountains out of
mole hills. This Marcia Ayers-Cae-
sar debacle is a farce. Now, I know
nothing about the law, but sure-
ly, as night follows day, the Chief
Justice should have asked Marcia if
she had any outstanding matters to
be heard before accepting her new
post. Surely they both knew out-
standing matters were to be cleared
If my memory serves me well,
there was a case fairly recently,
where a judge stepped down for a
day to clear an existing matter, then
returned to the bench the next day.
Whether it was here or not, I’m not
The people involved in the un-
finished court matters are to be
sympathized with. Honestly, I see
no need for their cases to be further
delayed by starting at the beginning
with another magistrate. Let Marcia
Ayers-Caesar continue with these
cases and complete them. And if the
JLSC can get its act together after her
cases are completed, maybe she can
be appointed a judge again.
Stop all this unnecessary legal
wrangling. Mistakes were made...
correct them quickly and efficiently
and learn from this.
The whole country owes a huge
debt of gratitude to Reginald Du-
mas for mounting a legal challenge
against the decision of the Attorney
General to oppose his right, as a cit-
izen of Trinidad &Tobago, to ask for
a legal interpretation of a clause in
the Constitution of T&T.
That he had to pursue the case, at
his own expense I presume, as far as
the Judicial Committee of the Privy
Council in London, is unfortunate. If
we recognized the Caribbean Court
of Appeal he could have done it in
Port-of-Spain, but that access was
denied to him.
For a citizen, in the public inter-
est, to ask for a legal interpretation
of a clause in the Constitution is
surely the most fundamental of
human rights in a country that re-
spects the rule of law based on the
principles of democracy?
Justices Peter Jamadar, Nolan Bu-
reaux, and Geoffrey Smith certainly
thought so when the matter came
The Privy Council judgment is an
historic one with repercussions for
the entire Commonwealth to con-
sider as it establishes a citizen’s
right to seek an interpretation of
the Constitution of the country in
which a citizen lives.
Thank You, Reggie Dumas.
President, Caribbean Center for
Is the Government deliberately
misleading the population with
regards to the Valuation Return
Forms that are being sent out to
According to the Ministry of
Finance’s website (link: http://
ties-and-objections), the version
of the Valuation of Land Act 18 of
1969, Section 6 published does not
match the current state of the law.
Why then has the Ministry of
Finance omitted the very perti-
nent information that is high-
lighted in the updated 2009
amendments of the act?
The Ministry of Finance post-
ed the following on its property
tax website which is cited as the
Valuation of Land Act 18 of 1969,
Every owner of land in Trini-
dad & Tobago shall make with the
Commissioner, a return of the land
in the form set out in Schedule II.
Where the owner of land fails to file
a return, the Commissioner shall by
Notice inform the owner that he
is required to file a return, failing
which he may be liable to convic-
tion under this section.
However, the Valuation of Land
Act updated with the 2009 amend-
ments of the act to December 31,
2015, (link: http://rgd.legalaffairs.
lawspdfs/58.03.pdf) states as fol-
Every owner of land in Trinidad
and Tobago shall, by 1st April 2010
make with the Commissioner, a re-
turn of the land in the form set out
in Schedule II.
Where the owner of land fails to
file a return 1st April 2010, the Com-
missioner shall by Notice inform the
owner that he is required to file a
return, failing which he may be liable
to conviction under this section.
The continued inaccurate state-
ments and distorted flow of misin-
formation coming from this Keith
Rowley-led administration are ei-
ther intentional lies meant to mis-
lead and/or misinform the popula-
tion or a further indication that the
administration is simply unaware of
what they are supposed to be doing.
Such actions continue to present
the country with a Government that
is in serious and significant crisis...a
Government that has lost the public
trust and confidence.
A Maloney Government Primary School pupil displays an anti-bullying placard during a March Against Crime hosted by the Northern Division of the
T&T Police Service along the Eastern Main Road, El Dorado, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Ayers-Caesar debacle a farce
Is Govt misleading
Former head of the Public Service
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