End of an era for Law Lord …”BIG CASES AGAINST TT”

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Lord Mance, who has delivered some stinging judgments against the Trinidad and Tobago courts, will be retiring from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Who will replace him is left to be seen!

In most of the appeals coming from Trinidad and Tobago, Mance has been right there, delivering some punching decisions. He has sat on death penalty appeals, other criminal and civil appeals which affected the final outcome from Trinidad and Tobago.

A valedictory ceremony marking the retirement of Mance, Deputy President of the Supreme Court, will take place on June 6, and there will be speeches from various quarters. It is left to be seen who will bring greetings from Trinidad and Tobago.

The ceremony will include remarks by the President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale,  other members of the legal profession, and Lord Mance. It will last for approximately 30 minutes.


* Steve Ferguson v the Attorney General – January 25, 2016.

* Ramsook v Crossley – April 30, 2018

* Suratt and others v the Attorney General

* Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha v the Attorney General (radio licence)

* Deochand Ramdhanie and others v the State

* Julia Ramdeen v the State

* Sandra Juman v the Attorney General

* Shazard Khan and Timothy Hunte v the State

* The United Policyholders Group v the Attorney General

* Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha v the Attorney General (Trinity Cross)
* Rick Gomes v the State


Jonathan Hugh Mance, Lord Mance, became Deputy President of the Supreme Court in September 2017. This following his original appointment as a Justice of The Supreme Court in October 2009.

In October 2005, Lord Mance became a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He was from 1999 to 2005 a Lord Justice of Appeal and from 1993 to 1999 a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, where he also sat in the Commercial Court.

Lord Mance read law at University College, Oxford, spent time with a Hamburg law firm and then practised at the commercial bar and sat as a Recorder until 1993. He chaired various Banking Appeals Tribunals and was a founder director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Insurance Fund.

He represented the United Kingdom on the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges from 2000 to 2011, being elected its first chair from 2000 to 2003. He currently chairs the Executive Council of the International Law Association and the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

He is a member of the Judicial Integrity Group and of the seven person panel set up under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (article 255) to give an opinion on candidates’ suitability to perform the duties of Judge and Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice and General Court.

He served from 2007 to 2009 on the House of Lords European Union Select Committee, chairing sub-committee E which scrutinizes proposals concerning European law and institutions.

In 2006 he chaired a working group under the auspices of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region, recommending changes in the procedures for enforcement of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and in 2008 he led an international delegation for the same Group and the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights, reporting on the problems of impunity in relation to violence against women in the Congo.
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