Use regular press not the 'Gazette'
I HAVE made the point that the opportunity ought to be taken to identify and to turn to positive national advantage, the flaws in the matter of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011.
Unfortunately, the blame game now seems to have shifted to assigning possible responsibility for the fracas to the party or parties who may have snugly informed Messrs Galbaransingh and Ferguson, in particular, of the Proclamation of Section 34 by the president. Underlying this seems to be a mistaken assumption that proclamation of laws, of whatever nature and import, is a somewhat secret matter which is to be known by a selected few.
This assumption appears to have its origin in the manner of notification of signing of proclamations by the president, a procedure which dictates that knowledge of proclamation be confined to the Trinidad and Tobago Gazette — a publication which finds its way routinely into government ministries and departments and into organisations, including the private sector, which may have made special arrangements with the Government printer.
It follows that members of the general public do not know of the proclamation and coming into force of laws which they are enjoined to uphold. Indeed most citizens do not know of the existence of the Gazette and will never have seen one.
Certainly, should not notification of proclamation and coming into force of laws be widely notified? I suggest publication in the daily newspapers.
Errol OC Cupid