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Jan 2, 2018

Eamon Courtenay is Appointed to a Sensitive Judicial Case in the Region

Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay has been retained by the Trinidad Law Association to a very sensitive assignment involving the judiciary in that country. Courtenay along with the president of the Grenada Bar Association Francis Alexis are to consider if there are grounds to refer a question of misconduct by Chief Justice Ivor Archie to the Prime Minister for his consideration under section one thirty-seven of the Constitution to invoke impeachment. The CJ has been under fire for months and there are now mounting calls for his resignation.  According to a report in Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, senior counsels Courtenay and Alexis, who are also former Attorney Generals, are to give their opinions on an interim report on the misconduct allegations. Both were commissioned after its president Douglas Mendes and senior member Elton Prescott met with Archie on the growing condemnation of his alleged actions and to inform him of the probe.  The CJ is accused of discussing the security arrangements for judges with a private company and of purported recommendations for accelerated housing to the Housing Development Corporation on behalf of certain friends. Mendes and Prescott reportedly told the CJ that his silence had (Quote) “most likely” (Unquote) led the public to conclude that there was some truth and that has led to a loss of confidence in the judiciary. Last year, Courtenay was also appointed as a temporary judge to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.

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