Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CJ Archie has responded

Chief Justice Ivor Archie

IN response to a series of Trinidad Express investigative reports resulting in public discomfort and pressure from the Law Association, Chief Justice Ivor Archie today issued a statement responding to allegations regarding Dillian Johnson and related matters.

In a statement signed by the Judiciary's Court Protocol and Information Manager, Archie said that specialized units of the protective services and the Judiciary Security Unit are the only entities responsible for assessing and implementing arrangements for the personal security of judges and magistrates.

He said it was 'therefore false, and indeed irresponsible” to suggest that at a meeting of judges, that he of any other judge discussed the retention of any private security firm for the purpose of providing personal security.

He said that he 2015, he did forward names of some needy and deserving persons to the HDC for consideration as might be appropriate.

“At no time has Chief Justice Archie ever recommended Mr. Dillian Johnson for HDC housing. It is patenting untrue and appears to be purposeful mischief making for one to suggest otherwise”.

Archie said that more recently, there has been discussion in the public domain about an attack of Dillian Johnson.

“The Office of the Chief Justice expects the relevant authorities will urgently conduct necessary and thorough investigation into this incident. That is all that the Chief Justice is at liberty to say at this time”.