Rickie Ramdass

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The High Court has made a finding that the Prisons Commissioner cannot lawfully allow his officers to be armed while off-duty. The ruling comes on the heels of the murders of two prison officers and a gun attack on another since last Friday.

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Did the alleged friendship between a top judicial officer and attorney Kevon Swan land him the job of Registrar of the Industrial Court?

The process by which Swan was appointed Registrar of the Industrial Court by the Chief Justice Ivor Archie-led Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) two weeks ago has come under fierce scrutiny.

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THE murder toll continues to rise following the shooting deaths of three men in separate incidents between Thursday evening and yesterday morning.

The killings took place in Laventille, San Juan and Freeport.

Two of the victims have been identified as Aaron Thomas and Nathaniel Phillip, while the victim in the Freeport incident remained unidentified up to yesterday evening.

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WITH this country being under a state of emergency (SoE) since May 15, it is a well-known fact that for a long time some citizens had been “waiting to exhale”.

And now that the SoE has been lifted, the Police Service is urging the public to “exhale in a controlled manner and not in a gust”.

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JUST hours after members of the new Police Service Commission (PolSC) were sworn in by President Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday, attorneys representing former police commissioner Gary Griffith wrote to its chairman, retired Appeal Court Justice Judith Jones, raising questions on the merit list for top cop.

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ON the eve of the state of emergency being lifted today and concerns from several quarters over the possible effect of increasing crime, five people were murdered between Monday night and yesterday morning.

Four of the victims were shot dead while a woman was chopped to death.

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PERMISSION has been refused by the High Court to a Tobago woman who sought to challenge the legality of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) report that led to the creation of three new electoral districts on the island.

Justice Avason Quinlan-Williams yesterday evening dismissed the leave application, saying June Jack-McKenzie’s intended judicial review claim had no realistic prospect of success.

In addition, the judge pointed out she was in agreement with attorneys for the EBC and the Office of the Attorney General that Jack-McKenzie did not file her application with the required promptitude.

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“PLEASE, Trinidad and Tobago...we cannot continue along this path.”

This was the cry from Principal Medical Officer of Health responsible for Institutions Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards yesterday, as she emphasised that health workers were burnt out, overwhelmed and tired.

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Chief Justice Ivor Archie intends to implement a separate court to deal specifically with matters of a sexual nature over the course of the next year.

Currently there is a backlog of such cases within the criminal justice system, and the chief justice believes these matters should be heard and determined with dispatch.

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