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ADDRESS OF THE HON. CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR ISAAC HYATALI, T.C. - page 7 / 17

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ACTION BY ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR LEGAL AFFAIRS

But it was not until the appointment of the present Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs that some notice was taken of the pleas made on behalf of the Judiciary and heed paid to the truism, that it was the responsibility of the Executive to keep the machinery of justice in working order.

The accumulation of the ills resulting from the neglect of past years was indeed forbidding, but this did not daunt Mr. Attorney. Having convinced the Executive of the need for early action in several directions, he set the necessary machinery in motion to complete the Hall of Justice in Tobago, to construct a Hall of Justice in Trinidad to house some 20 Courts and two divisions of the Court of Appeal, to get the Mayaro Court House completed, to accelerate the completion of the Point Fortin Court and to get the plans for the magistrates’ courts in Tunapuna, San Juan and St. James implemented.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

By reason of his efforts in other directions, the revision of the 1950 laws of the country is well under way, Reports of the Wharton Law Reform Committee of 1962 on various subjects have been retrieved from their pigeon holes and action taken on them; the law reform programme is proceeding apace; A Legal Aid Scheme (described by Queen’s Counsel Norman Hill of Jamaica, former President of the Organization of Caribbean Commonwealth Bar Associations both at the Commonwealth Law Conference in Scotland and at the World Peace Through Law Conference in the Phillipines last year, as the best in and a model for the Caribbean Commonwealth) has become a reality, an Ombudsman has been appointed, a Judicial and Legal Service embracing all judicial and legal officers has been established, a second division of the Court of Appeal has been inaugurated, publication of a new series of Law Reports to be known as the Trinidad and Tobago Law Reports commencing from 31 August 1962 has at long last been approved; the Registrar General’s Department has been restored and re-organised, the center of the Red House has been restored to a state of cleanliness and respectability; and several

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