By a 2 to 1 margin, members of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago have upheld a motion of no confidence in Chief Justice Ivor Archie and the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC).

The official results of the ballots cast at the Port of Spain Assizes on Thursday, stood at 1453 in favor for the motions raised by the law association, with 702 against.

Speaking to the media last night on the steps of the Port of Spain Assizes, Martin Daly SC, said that the decision represented a “very important moment” for the association, the public, and those involved including the Chief Justice and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC).

“Things have not gone well for the Chief Justice of the JLSC…all I really want to say is that this is an absolute Watershed moment in the pursuit of accountability by public officials. The JLSC did everything, initially, to ignore legitimate inquiries. They first began by saying there was nothing more to be said then they took out a two-page ad(advertisement), then another ad… there were a lot of inconsistencies.

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And really this is about the pursuit of accountability by public officials. This has nothing to do with impeachment or misbehavior.

“But if you have a blunder, you must accept responsibility for the blunder and one of the things that was impressed was the fact that not any acceptance of responsibility was done by the JLSC, nor apology, or as I like to say a ‘beg pardon’.

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And I believe that tolled against them and people felt they had been disrespected. But as far as I am concerned this is a very, very important moment for the pressure of public opinion,” Daly SC said.

When asked what impact the decision by the association members would have on the Chief Justice or the JLSC, Daly said that he couldn’t say for certain, and would be waiting to see what actions the respective parties took.

“He (the Chief Justice) will have to decide what comes next.

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You see all along we have been saying, do the honourable thing. If people lose confidence in you, it does not mean that you’ve committed a constitutional wrong, but rather that you have conducted yourself in such a way that you’ve destroyed people’s confidence in you and therefore you can’t or shouldn’t continue to preside, if people have no confidence in you.

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So again, he will have to say what he wants to do, I can’t speak for that. I am just very pleased that a long sustained and non-political campaign for accountability has been successful,” Daly said.

The resolutions raised in yesterday’s association meeting are as follows.

1) To resolve that the LATT (Law Association) do express its loss of confidence in the honourable Chief Justice Ivor Archie as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

2) To resolve that the LATT (Law Association) do express its loss of confidence in the honourable Chief Justice Ivor Archie as Chairman of the JLSC.

3) To resolve that the LATT (Law Association) do express its loss of confidence in the Justice Hamel Smith , Ms Maureen Manchouch, Justice Humphrey Stollmeyer as members of the JLSC

4) The LATT do call upon the Chief Justice Ivor Archie to resign forthwith as Chief Justice of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

5) The LATT do call upon Justice Hamel Smith, Ms Maureen Manchouch, Justice Humphrey Stollmeyer, to resign as members of the JLSC.

On the first grounds, there were 285 votes for, and 150 votes against.

On the second ground, there were 312 votes for and 122 votes against.

On the third ground there were 300 votes for and 130 votes against.

On the fourth ground there were 263 votes for, and 165 votes against.

On the fifth and final ground, there were 293 votes for and 135 votes against.

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