Ayers-Caesar to cross-examine CJ

ATTORNEYS representing former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-­Caesar will now have the opportunity to cross-examine Chief Justice Ivor Archie in a legal challenge filed in relation to her short-lived judicial appointment in 2017.

The attorneys were at first being denied the opportunity to cross-examine Archie after the trial judge, Justice David Harris, dismissed their application to do so.

Yesterday, however, Justices Peter Jamadar and Gregory Smith overruled the decision and ordered that the attorneys should be allowed to cross-examine the Chief Justice, among others.

In delivering their ruling at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, the judges said Archie’s cross-examination was relevant in order for the court to properly determine whether the allegations of duress, coercion and threats that were levelled against her for her to tender her resignation as a High Court judge were credible.