Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ivor deserved title, say CJ's parents

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CRITICISED: Ivor Archie

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THE PARENTS of Chief Justice Ivor Archie said yesterday their son was deserving of the title of Senior Counsel, even though he did not apply for it.

Speaking at their home in Rockly Vale, Scarborough, Tobago, William, 91, and Moulda Archie, 82, said they anxiously await the return of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar from her overseas Indian trip to explain how the honour was given to the Chief Justice.

Archie and Justice of Appeal Wendell Kangaloo faced a barrage of criticism from two former chief justices, Michael de la Bastide QC and Satnarine Sharma, a former attorney general Karl Hudson-Phillips QC, and a former president of the Law Association Martin Daly SC last week for accepting the honour from the Prime Minister on December 30.

Both judges returned the instruments of appointment last Friday to President George Maxwell Richards.

"I look at it as an award of merit. The Prime Minister needs to be part of the decision-making process, where the pronouncement of silk is concerned, and it is only fair when the Prime Minister gets back, we all will hear why the award was given without Ivor applying for it, as others may have done," William Archie said.

"I have a lot of confidence in my son and I know he always makes the right decisions. Whenever he makes a decision it is something that I agree with no matter. He has always been willing to learn as a child, very cooperative, beautiful child, and the same as he is older and more mature in age at this time," Moulda Archie added.

"My expectation was that my son will always do well and he has not failed me so far. He continues to do well and he has our support as parents. He continues to make the right decisions," she said.

"As a father I am satisfied with the contribution my son has made to this country. He was born on a Thursday and they said Thursday children have far to go. I believe he is still climbing and he has further contributions to make, not only to this country, but the Caribbean," William Archie said.