CHIEF Justice Ivor Archie opened the 2018/2019 law term yesterday with a public scolding of the media and the Law Association (LATT). Archie’s stewardship in recent times has been turbulent with allegations of misconduct on his part and an investigation of it by the LATT.
In his address, Archie dug in against criticisms, saying he understood his duties to account to the public. He also called for an end to divisiveness in the profession. “Stop dividing the country by careless and unfounded allegations,” he urged.
As he began his address at the Convocation of the Hall of the Justice in Port of Spain, Archie recognised that challenging times brought out the best in people. He said the Judiciary was on the cusp of transition.
At last year’s opening of the 2017/2018 law term, Archie shied away from the controversy that year, which included a vote of no-confidence in him as Chief Justice by the LATT.