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ADDRESS OF THE HON. CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR ISAAC HYATALI, T.C. - page 8 / 17

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important amendments and enactments which time will not permit me to enumerate, have been added to the statute books.

THE CURRENT YEAR

During the current legal year, there is every likelihood that approval will be secured for creating the post of Master of the Supreme Court, to relieve the congestion and utter chaos obtaining in the Chamber Courts, for obtaining suitable premises to house temporarily additional High Courts, for introducing the County Courts which I requested more than three years ago, and that we will have the great pleasure of seeing a new Edition of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago and the introduction of many badly needed reforms of our antiquated laws. What more can we ask of an Attorney General of only two years’ standing, facing the formidable litany of ills resulting from more than 20 years of neglect of the machinery of justice and the failure since independence to tailor our antiquated laws to serve the needs of our society?

The fact is, that while the machinery of justice was languishing in the wilderness for over twenty years and the voices of the legal profession and the public were sorely needed during that period to clamour for its rescue from the backwaters of our society, almost none was heard.

PUNY SABOTEURS

But now that the rescue operations have begun, and the results of Mr. Attorney’s exertions have begun to appear, opportunists, armchair critics and puny saboteurs have come to the forefront to belittle what has been accomplished, to make stale proposals for reform and to jump on the bandwagon merely to get their voices heard. They have missed the bus, I fear, and for my part ( and I trust this is Mr. Attorney’s position as well) I propose to have no truck whatsoever with them. Indeed, it would be ungracious of the Judiciary not to express its appreciation of all that has been done in the past two years, and as its head, I not only tender our warmest thanks to him but wish to assure him that in the continued execution of plans and programmes for law revision, law reform and the

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