Chief Justice: Time for "ole talk" to be over

Chief Justice Ivor Archie says there is more need for financial autonomy in the judiciary.

Speaking at the opening of the law term at the Hall of Justice- following a church service at the Trinity Cathedral, Archie stressed the existence of systemic problems that will not be solved by “ole talk,” calling for the need for more financial autonomy in the judiciary which he says would help to better facilitate their functions in providing an improved service.

Archie says there is need for restoration of public trust in all institutions and sees the new term as a fresh start to set the country on a new course of stability. He praised the high court for the disposal of 130 criminal indictments, a 51% increase over the previous year. However the number of people before the courts for murder had risen to 514.

Archie frequently referred to the use of “common sense” regarding improvement in education and reformative practices that he says should be at the forefront of tackling the criminal problem instead of only “listening to the conventional wisdom of locking criminals up and throwing away the key.”

In directly addressing the Government, Archie said the administration must be given time to settle in and find its footing. However, he said took note of promises during the election campaign adequate financing of the judiciary and he is looking forward to the fulfilment of those promises.

Meanwhile, during the church service at the Trinity Cathedral earlier, former President George Maxwell Richards emphasised the role the University of the West Indies should play in building the society.

The former President said the University must be seen as a key part of national development and it must provide a high level of manpower to the public service.

Those present at the service included members of the legal fraternity- including Chief Justice Mr. Justice Ivor Archie, high court judges, members of the industrial court as well as other attorneys, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his wife, attorney Sharon Rowley, and former Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.

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