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Saturday, March 17, 2018
CJ’s office mum
on vacation leave
The office of Chief Justice Ivor Archie re-
mained silent yesterday on just how he was
able to accumulate more than nine months
vacation leave, which runs contrary to the
regulations governing salaries and pensions
for judges which specifically states vacation
leave cannot be accumulated.
Archie’s office issued a press release this
week indicating he had withdrawn his appli-
cation for six months sabbatical leave and
would instead be proceeding on 35 weeks
unutilised vacation leave, part of which
would be used for his intended sabbatical in
But members of the legal fraternity have
questioned how the man who heads the
judiciary could have accumulated so much
leave, since he ought to know the law better
than anyone else.
Archie, who took the oath in January
2008, is currently embroiled in a number of
controversies and became the first sitting CJ
to institute legal action against the Law Asso-
ciation, which represents the thousands of
lawyers in the country. That matter, involv-
ing an investigation into allegations in the
public domain against Archie, will be heard
in the Court of Appeal on April 10.
Yesterday, Martin Daly SC said this appeal
now takes on significant relevance. He said
“if restraints are lifted,” at the end of the
day the Law Association may recommend
“strongly and publicly to the Prime Minister
that he needs to invoke 137 of the Constitu-
tion, so in the scheme of things that appeal
is a most important event.”
But there is currently a controversy about
the accumulated leave.
Senior attorneys told the T&T Guard-
ian that for Archie to have accumulated so
much leave, it would have meant that in the
ten years he has served as Chief Justice “he
has been acting in breach of the regulations
which govern such leave.”
Efforts to get responses from Archie’s of-
fice were unsuccessful. Emailed questions
to Court Protocol and Information Manager
Alicia Carter-Fisher seeking answers on
whether the CJ had to work through the pre-
scribed vacation periods and if so, whether
she could provide details went unanswered.
Members of the judiciary and the legal
profession told the T&T Guardian the CJ
should clear the air on how he could have
accumulated so much leave.
Daly said he was concerned about “the
startling claim that he has a number of days
inside or weeks inside that amount to eight
or nine months and that is very
startling because if you add up all
the leave to which he is entitled,
on the most generous construction
you don’t arrive at nine months.”
What it means, he said, is that
the CJ “must have in his calculation
leave that he carried forward or ac-
cumulated from previous years and
Regulation 6:02 says that you can’t
Avory Sinanan SC said he agreed
Archie needed to clear the air on
the issue given what the regula-
Regulation 6:02, which deals
with judges’ conditions of terms
and service, details that in addition
to Christmas and Easter vacation,
judges of the Court of Appeal are
entitled to six weeks vacation per
annum and in the case of a Puisne
Judge four to six weeks vacation
per annum respectively in alter-
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
has written to President Anthony
Carmona reminding him of the
regulations. In his letter dated March 15,
2018, the PM said, “I trust that, as a Judge,
the Honourable Chief Justice, and Your Ex-
cellency both in your current office and as
a former member of the Higher Judiciary,
have borne in mind the provisions of section
3 of the Judges Salaries and Pensions Act and
section 6 of the Judges (Conditions of Service
and Allowances) Regulations (No. 2) regard-
ing respectively the definition of “Judge” and
the accumulation of vacation entitlements.”
The T&T Guardian understands the Pres-
ident has sought legal advice on the issue
in light of the PM’s letter. Efforts to find out
whether the President had responded to the
PM yesterday were also unsuccessful.
in 24 hours
Seven people were killed in less than 24 hours between
Thursday night and yesterday evening, taking the murder
toll to 117 for the year.
In Arima, police said at about 9 am yesterday, residents
heard several gunshots at Ackbarali Street, Malabar.
Police who were called to the area found Dexter
“Satan” Keegan, 43, bleeding from gunshot wounds. He
was taken to the Arima District Hospital where he was
pronounced dead on arrival.
Police said Keegan was well-known to them and he
was a suspect in several murder cases and was also
wanted in connection with firearm offences.
Earlier in the day, two men were shot dead while
at Windy Hill, Arouca. They were identified as Lyndon
Sutherland and Shervon Clarke. Sutherland, police said,
had addresses in Arouca and San Juan. A motive is yet to
be determined for the double murder, but police believe
it is gang-related.
Shortly after 6 pm on Thursday in Gasparillo, soldier
Sgt Ken Palmer, 42, was killed during an altercation with
a male relative at his home at Rampersad Avenue, Dallo
Construction worker Samuel Mc Quilkin was gunned
down as he drove into his driveway on Thursday night.
Police said Mc Quilkin, 37, of Swan Quarry Road,
Valencia, died in his vehicle after he was shot in the chest
and arm around 8.55 pm.
PCs Monsegue and Checkley, of Valencia Police Post,
responded to reports from residents of gunshots in the
area. When they arrived they found Mc Quilkin slumped
behind the wheel of his white AD Wagon. He had on his
seat belt and the engine was still running.
A party of officers from the Sangre Grande station,
led by ASP Renales and Insp Christopher Fuentes, of the
Arouca Homicide Bureau Region II, and Cpl Randy Castillo
also visited the scene.
Neighbours described Mc Quilkin as quiet person who
is seldom seen about as he left home early and returned
at night from work. He was separated from his wife and
was living alone. Police said they have no motive for the
killing, but believe he was ambushed.
Homicide officers from Arouca Region 11 is continuing
Mc Quilkin’s killing was one of seven within the space
of 24 hours between Thursday evening and yesterday,
taking the toll to 117.
Police are investigating the murder of Kyle Bridgelal, 24,
was allegedly stabbed by a worker during an argument
Police said they received a call shortly after 4 pm of the
incident, which occurred at Ajodha Road, Cunupia.
police are investigating
the murder of 33-year-
old Alex Loney.
reports, around 10.30
pm Loney’s mother,
Laurel, was awakened
from her sleep at their
Winston Mahabir Street,
Pleasantville home by
her son’s screams. His
screams were followed
by two gunshots.
Police said the mother
became afraid and hid
under her bed. About 15 minutes later, she checked in her
son’s room and found him lying in a pool of blood. There
was a gunshot wound to his head.
Police said Loney was known to them. He was the 15th
murder victim in the division.
Students of Presentation College, San Fernando, perform during the 32nd Biennial Music
Festival’s Junior Finale at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, yesterday.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
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