Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 16th 2013 Contents justice. Too often law serves power at the expense
of the vulnerable. Legal rules too often reinforce
class divisions and bolster the privileged," Holdip
Chief Justice Ivor Archie also spoke briefly dur-
ing the ceremony and, like Holdip, he advised
the new lawyers to always consider the rights of
the disadvantaged over the need for financial
"Commitment to service has largely been over-
taken by greed and simply profit. How the society
will develop as we move forward in the next
several years will depend on what attitude you
take to the responsibility that is being placed on
you," he said.
Archie said it was an exciting time to be a
lawyer because of reform within the judiciary
and also because the practice of law was expanding
to areas it did not exist before.
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A High Court judge yesterday
advised a group of new lawyers to
be mindful of their social media
posts which he said may affect their
future in the legal profession.
This was the advice of Justice Mal-
colm Holdip, as he addressed a group
of 80 new lawyers who were called
to the Bar during a ceremony at the
Convocation Hall, Hall of Justice,
Knox Street, Port-of-Spain, yester-
Holdip said: "Private and profes-
sion lives are inextricably linked. You
have a single life s journey within a
world where social media and Face-
book has ensnared all of us."
He asked the new lawyers to pay
attention to their posts and photos
being uploaded on the Internet, as
they may be examined by their
potential employers, who now
require copies of their social media
pages on their resumes.
"The word privacy is now becom-
ing old English and soon to be
extinct, as we are being inflicted
with the disease of overexposure and
lack of discernment and we, as keep-
ers of the law, are charged with
enforcing parameters in this con-
He said the pillars of the legal pro-
fession are honesty, integrity and
ethics and that they should be
observed absolutely in order to pre-
serve the nobility of the profession.
Yesterday s call to the Bar was the
largest ever in the judiciary s history,
with 165 lawyers being admitted.
Due to space constraints at the Hall
of Justice, the procedure had to be
split into two events yesterday, with
one being held in the morning and
the other in the afternoon.
While addressing the new lawyers
and their relatives, Holdip advised
them to practise with dignity and
courtesy. He encouraged them to
raise objections in court in instances
of "perceived unfairness or unjudicial
behaviour" but warned them not to
be too aggressive.
"The right to object strongly and
forcefully must never be understood
as conferring or embracing a right
to be rude or offensive."
Holdip explained that as part of
their new profession, they should
engage in non-profit initiatives and
organisations to "advance the inter-
ests of the disadvantaged."
"Always remain skeptical about
the relationship between law and
Judge warns new lawyers:
Watch your Facebook posts
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Two inmates remain warded up to late yes-
terday evening after they were stabbed during
a fight at the Remand Yard at the Golden Grove
Within the past week, the prison officers have
been working to rule since the fatal shooting of
prison officer Andy Rogers last week. He was
shot 20 times at Daniel Trace, Malabar.
The fight between rival gangs broke out around
Ten men armed with makeshift weapons
attacked each other in the corridor of the prison.
The injured men were taken to the prison infir-
mary before being transferred to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, for medical
Up to late last night, crime scene personnel
and police officers were taking statements and
taking photographs of the scene.
In a telephone interview, one of the inmates
involved in the fight said the incident could have
"It happened during airing time and it had no
officers supervising them. It could have been
avoided. They left them in the population and
could have separated them. There is a lot of
things that need to be done. The security is gone
and we are studying to take legal action because
they (inmates) are also not going to court...that
is a serious thing," he said.
The inmate said aside from not being able to
go to court, another troubling experience was
the lack of meals and the airing.
General secretary of the Prisons Officers Asso-
ciation Gerard Gordon said officers were not on
"The officers cannot strike. The prison is an
unsafe environment, there is failing and outdated
infrastructure and lack of equipment to do the
job to secure the officer on duty. The officers
are awaiting appropriate intervention to correct
these lapses and inconsistencies," he said.
Gordon said the prison officers are professional
and the injured inmates were given first responder
"We would like to state the officers are pro-
fessional, contrary to what some people want
the public to believe and we genuinely hold close
to our heart the safety inmates and the safety
of the public at large."
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An investigation has been launched into an
incident at the headquarters of the Guard and
Emergency Branch (GEB) on Thursday night,
in which a police officer was accidentally shot
by one of his colleagues.
Police sources said around 11.30 pm, PC Wayne
Boyd, 23, of St Joseph, a Special Reserve police
officer, assigned to the GEB was on duty at the
Garden Road, Aranguez, police station, when a
colleague s firearm accidently discharged, hitting
him in his neck.
Boyd s father who carries the same name, is
the Senior Supt in charge of the Port-of-Spain
Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The
bullet reportedly entered one side of his neck
and exited through the other side.
Boyd s colleagues took him to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, from
where he was transferred to Port-of-Spain General
Hospital. He remained warded in a stable con-
dition up to late yesterday.
Several senior police officers, including ASP
Trim and Insp Kanhai, of the Barataria CID,
visited the station and interviewed the officers
who were on duty at the time of the incident.
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