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Carmona back to clarify CJ’s sabbatical

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gail Alexander

As the Anglican Church held a thanksgiving service for President-elect Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday, President Anthony Carmona was due back to deal with issues concerning Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

Weekes will be sworn in as President at 10 am next week Monday at a ceremony at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah. She will become T&T’s sixth Head of State and the country’s first female President.

Weekes served as Chancellor of the Anglican church in the Diocese of T&T from 1997 until her election as President. She has provided legal advice on ecclesiastical and other matters to three successive bishops of the diocese, the church stated yesterday.

Among dignitaries at yesterday’s two hour Eucharist service at Trinity Cathedral were Speaker of the House of Representatives Bridgid Annisette- George, Government ministers, members of religious organisations, the judiciary, diplomatic corps and other sectors .

Meanwhile, Carmona, whose last week of duties is ahead, was scheduled to return home last night following a Miami visit.

Top of the agenda is expected to be clarification of questions Prime Minister Keith Rowley last week raised with Carmona via letter concerning a proposed six month sabbatical for Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

On March 2, Carmona wrote the Prime Minister seeking consultations on the appointment of Justice of Appeal, Allan Mendonca as acting CJ because of Archie’s sabbatical plans.

Rowley subsequently wrote Carmona querying the situation, since Government says there’s no sabbatical term in the Salaries Review Commission (98th report.) OPM spokesman Stuart Young said it appeared Carmona and Archie had agreed on the sabbatical.

Due to Rowley’s query, Mendonca was not appointed to act. Archie last Friday deferred the sabbatical, according to a statement from acting President Christine Kangaloo. It’s expected Carmona will reply to Rowley this week.


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