Saturday, February 24, 2018

A formidable figure in court, says Archie

 AS tributes continued to pour in yesterday for the late Karl Hudson-Phillips QC, Chief Justice Ivor Archie described the former attorney general as “a significant presence”.

“The judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago joins the law fraternity and, indeed, the entire national community in mourning the death of Mr Karl Hudson-Phillips, Queen’s Counsel,” Archie stated in a me­dia release yesterday, also extending condolences to the Hudson-Phillips family and to the legal fraternity.

Hudson-Phillips passed away unexpectedly in London, England, yesterday.

“During his lifetime, Mr Hud­­son Phillips provided yeoman service to his country. He undertook the practice of the law with gusto and considerable skill,” Archie stated.

“On all fronts of the profession, be it in defence or prosecutorial roles, he was a formidable figure, and his triumphs before the courts included many matters which can be regarded as landmark cases.”

Hudson-Phillips’ tenure on the International Criminal Court “paved the way for great­er and very positive international scrutiny and recognition of the quality of our ju­rists”, Archie said.

Archie also hailed Hudson-Phillips’ “sojourn” outside of his main professional calling as being “equally impactive” and having contributed to significant changes to the political land­scape of Trinidad and Tobago.

“The courts and the practice of law have lost a significant pre­sence. The judiciary salutes this legal luminary and his impressive record,” Archie stated.