Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 16th 2017 Contents “Each judge just has to plod through in
a vacuum,” the judge stated.
The last time the judges all met as a body
was a year ago.
“There is no consultation or collaboration
and there is no evident desire by the Chief
Justice to change,” a judge stated.
On January 24, 2008, Archie was sworn in
as the eighth chief justice since this coun-
try’s independence and created history as
the youngest person to have assumed that
position in T&T.
Archie came to office at a time when this
country’s Judiciary was facing a trying time
after then chief justice Satnarine Sharma
has been suspended twice while attempts
were made to impeach him.
Sharma was first suspended on July 28,
2006, after the police obtained a warrant
for his arrest on a charge of attempting to
pervert the course of public justice.
The charge against Sharma arose out of
complaints by then chief magistrate Sher-
man Mc Nicolls that Sharma tried to un-
duly influence the outcome of the integrity
trial against former prime minister Basdeo
On November 30, 2006, Sharma was
charged but the case collapsed on March
5, 2007, when Mc Nicolls refused to testify.
As a result of this, president George Max-
well Richards lifted Sharma’s suspension
and Sharma returned to his job.
On June 13, 2007, however, Sharma was
suspended for a second time after Rich-
ards appointed a three-member tribunal
to investigate whether he should be removed
The tribunal chaired by Lord Mustill
eventually cleared Sharma and on December
21, 2007, Richards lifted the suspension for
a second time and Sharma returned to work.
Sharma retired a month later when he
Baton passed to young Archie
The baton was passed to then 47-year-
Archie was selected to become Chief
Justice by the Cabinet led by former prime
minister Patrick Manning.
“Behind that decision was a lot of internal
lobbying and political machination. Bold
as the decision had been at the time, it has
come back to haunt a new PNM adminis-
tration in Port-of-Spain,” former high court
judge Herbert Volney stated in a Facebook
post earlier this week.
Hamel-Smith, who was the next in line in
seniority at the time and held on for Sharma
during his two suspensions, along with three
others, were overlooked in favour of Archie.
In a special sitting to mark his appoint-
ment Archie pledged to resist any attempts
of interference by the executive.
During that sitting Archie is reported to
have said that “challenging circumstances
present fertile opportunities for fundamen-
“We will always resist stoutly any at-
tempt to infringe on the independence of
the Judiciary, but as jurists we ought never
to presume any attack without weighing
the evidence. We must find ways to achieve
maximum co-operation within the bounda-
ries of the constitutional framework, all the
while respecting and observing the bound-
aries that define the respective arms of the
State,” Archie said then.
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This country’s Judiciary “will self-destruct
if major changes are not made”, a High Court
judge speaking under the condition of anonym-
ity has said.
The judge made the statement in light of the current
imbroglio facing the Judiciary.
Within the past few months, the Law Association of
T&T has passed a resolution calling for Chief Justice
Ivor Archie and other members of the Judicial and
Legal Service Commission (JLSC) to resign in the face
of the controversy surrounding the appointment of
former magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar as a High
Court judge and her subsequent resignation.
Ayers-Caesar said her removal as a High Court judge
was “unlawful and unconstitutional” as she was put
under pressure to resign. She was sworn in as a High
Court judge on April 12 and resigned on April 27.
In a pre-action protocol letter, Ayers-Caesar threat-
ened to take President Anthony Carmona and the
JLSC to court if she is not given her job as a judge
back. Ayers-Caesar said if she was not reinstated as
a judge, she will be suing for compensation “for loss
of office and the benefits that go with it” in addition
to claims she is entitled to be a judge. She will also
be suing for damages to her reputation.
The JLSC and Archie have come under fire.
On June 30 retired Justices Roger Hamel-Smith and
Humphrey Stollmeyer both resigned from the JLSC
citing unfair criticism as their reason for doing so.
In the face of criticisms Archie, however, has re-
mained adamant that he will not be resigning.
Judges disenchanted but not divided
Judges are “disenchanted but not divided”, four
judges speaking to the Sunday Guardian under the
condition of anonymity have claimed.
“The Judiciary is not divided, there is still an over-
whelming commitment to serve the people however,
the majority of judges are disenchanted with the Chief
Justice,” a judge stated. They said he has not been truly
fulfilling his role as head of the Judiciary.
WHO IS IVOR ARCHIE?
Archie was born in Tobago on August 18, 1960.
He attended the Scarborough Anglican Boys’ School and
then when on to Bishop’s High School before eventually
moving on to St Mary’s College in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad,
where he completed his Ordinary- and Advanced-Level
Archie graduated from the University of the West Indies
in 1980 with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree (Upper Second
Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.
He practiced as an engineer firstly at Trintoplan Con-
sultants Limited in Trinidad, and then with Schlumberger
(Africa) as a Wireline Logging Engineer stationed in Lybia.
He then proceeded to study law at the University of
South Hampton in the United Kingdom.
In 1984 Archie returned to T&T after obtaining his
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and entered the Hugh Wood-
ing Law School where he received his Legal Education
He was admitted to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago,
and began his legal career in private practice and then
in service to the governments of Trinidad and Tobago,
the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands as
State Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel.
He also served as Solicitor General of the Cayman Is-
lands, and acted as the territory’s Attorney General on
a number of occasions.
In 1998 Archie returned to T&T and was appointed a
Puisne Judge of this country’s Supreme Court of Judi-
On April 2, 2004, he became a judge of the T&T Court
Archie is also an elder at his local church assembly, and
a member of the Lydians choir.
He is married to Denise Rodriguez-Archie and has two
‘Judiciary will self-destruct’
...if major changes are not made
Ivor Archie being
sworn in as Chief
The CJ has not been responding to text
messages or calls from the Sunday Guardian.
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