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Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, feels Chief Justice Ivor Archie should put the country and the justice system first and resign.

She added, “Given the current impasse with the former Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, he should do the honourable thing. Save the country from further fracturing, from further trauma. Do that thing. Do it now.”

Persad-Bissessar said she can understand and sympathise with Archie who would want to balance his own interest, his career and to take care of his family.

However, she said, she believes the interests of the country and the justice system outweigh whatever disadvantages may accrue to the CJ in these circumstances.

Persad- Bissessar said the decision taken by the members of the Law Association expressing no confidence in the CJ was a a historic development in Trinidad and Tobago calling on the CJ to demonstrate transparency and accountability.

The former Prime Minister said a previous government attempted to run out a chief justice, she said, “with respect to Chief Justice Sat Sharma, but we have never seen this.”

She said the unfolding of events each day within the Judiciary was getting worse.

She added, “When you think it was bad enough, by Monday we are told of a meeting having been convened and where no decision was taken about restarting all these cases”

She continued, “The situation is a very sad state of affairs for the administration of justice where the Chief Justice now has this major cloud hanging over his head with respect to presiding over the justice system in Trinidad and Tobago, the Judiciary.”

In order to avoid further entanglements and trauma the country may go through should it reach to the point where a tribunal is established or proceedings are taken to remove the Chief Justice from office, the Chief Justice should do the right thing, and of his own volition resign.”

She ended, “I do believe that the JLSC (Judicial and Legal Service Commission) and the Chief Justice have a lot to answer for in this whole impasse that has transpired.”

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KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR

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