Chief Justice

Full text of PM's letter to the President on CJ sabbatical

March 15, 2018

His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, O.R.T.T., S.C.,

President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,

The Office of the President,

The President’s House,

St. Ann’s,


Your Excellency,

PM: I reject President's justification of sabbatical

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the decision by Chief Justice Ivor Archie to stand-down his decision to go on sabbatical leave and instead apply for vacation, averted "consequences" that he was prepared to take.

The prime minister said he rejects the president's justification of the sabbatical leave.

Dr Rowley was addressing a post-Cabinet news conference today.

He said the position of the Cabinet is that there is no provision for the Chief Justice to go on sabbatical leave.

Chief Justice backs down on sabbatical leave

Chief Justice Ivor Archie has backed down on his decision to pursue a sabbatical leave but will instead take vacation leave to pursue his studies in the United States.

The Chief Justice issued a statement to this regard Wednesday afternoon, one day before the prime minister was due to pronounce on the matter.

The following is the Chief Justice's statement.

Carmona back to clarify CJ’s sabbatical

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.

CJ defers sabbatical leave until President Carmona returns

Chief Justice Ivor Archie has deferred the controversial sabbatical leave upon which he was to embark this weekend.

The confirmation comes from the Office of the President.

A statement says Acting President Christine Kangaloo has been in communication with the Chief Justice and invited him to consider deferring a departure from the jurisdiction prior to the return of President Anthony Carmona to the country on Sunday 11th March, 2018.

The statement says that the Chief Justice has agreed to defer such departure.

Young: There exists no legal provision for CJ to go on sabbatical leave

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young says there is presently no existing term and condition to allow the Chief Justice to proceed on sabbatical leave.

Chief Justice Ivor Archie has applied for a six-month sabbatical which appears to have been approved by the Office of the President.

The Office of the President has since written to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, inviting him to consult on the appointment of an acting Chief Justice.

Thomas-Felix: I’m not CJ’s sponsor

Industrial Court President Deborah Thomas-Felix is denying she is a sponsor or collaborator in the research which Chief Justice Ivor Archie will be pursuing in the United States.

In fact, she said yesterday she was “surprised” when she saw newspaper articles with details of the sabbatical and her name listed as a supervisor. She also said the labour research listed in the CJ’s application was not the topic which he will be embarking on.