Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago

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The Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago is the highest judge of the state Trinidad and Tobago and presides its Supreme Court of Judicature.[1] He is appointed by a common decision of the President, the Prime Minister and the leader of the main opposition party.[1]

History[edit]

Tobago was claimed for England already by King James I in 1608, however in the following time saw varying rulers.[2] In 1794, a planter was elected the first Chief Justice. [3] The island was eventually ceded to the United Kingdom in 1814 at the Treaty of Paris[4] and from 1833 it was assigned to the colony of the British Windward Islands.[5]

In 1797 Trinidad, who had been previously controlled by the Spanish Crown, was captured by a fleet commanded by Sir Ralph Abercromby and thus came under British government.[6] The post of a Chief Justice was established in March of the same year.[7] Both islands, Trinidad and Tobago were incorporated into a single colony in 1888, which gained its independence in 1962.[8]

Chief Justices of the Island of Tobago[edit]

Chief Judges of the Island of Trinidad[edit]

Chief Justices of the Island of Trinidad[edit]

Chief Justices of Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Attacks on Justice - Trinidad and Tobago" (PDF). International Commission of Jurists. p. 358. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Hart (1866), p. 238
  3. ^ a b Laurence (1995), p. 55
  4. ^ Woodcock (1867), p. 75
  5. ^ Woodcock (1867), p. 82
  6. ^ Millett (1985), p. 46
  7. ^ a b Millett (1985), p. 47
  8. ^ Nolan (2002), p. 1694
  9. ^ O'Connell (1972), p. 21
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19901. p. 2203. 6 October 1840. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19973. p. 1079. 27 April 1841. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22591. p. 334. 21 January 1862. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  13. ^ Rose (1888), p. 325
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25086. p. 1282. 21 March 1882. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  15. ^ Millett (1985), p. 230
  16. ^ a b Joseph (1970), p. 113
  17. ^ Hart (1866), p. 198
  18. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21006. p. 2451. 7 August 1849. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23600. p. 1833. 22 March 1870. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  20. ^ Brereton (1997), p. 231
  21. ^ Brereton (1997), p. 259
  22. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26317. p. 4657. 16 August 1892. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  23. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27173. p. 1709. 13 March 1900. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  24. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27617. p. 7030. 17 November 1903. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  25. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28161. p. 5420. 24 July 1908. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  26. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32983. p. 7506. 17 October 1924. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  27. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33243. p. 578. 28 January 1927. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  28. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33658. p. 6945. 4 November 1930. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  29. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34397. p. 3108. 11 May 1937. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  30. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35897. p. 717. 9 February 1943. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  31. ^ The London Gazette: no. 37755. p. 5038. 11 October 1946. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  32. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39537. p. 2508. 9 May 1952. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  33. ^ The London Gazette: no. 41557. p. 7215. 25 November 1958. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  34. ^ a b Comma (1973), p. 193
  35. ^ Comma (1973), p. 280
  36. ^ Comma (1973), p. 33
  37. ^ Yawching (1991), p. 189
  38. ^ Yawching (1991), p. 83
  39. ^ West (2001), p. 732
  40. ^ "Appointment of Chief Justice" (PDF). Trinidad and Tobago Gazette (135). 15 July 2002. p. 7593. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  41. ^ "Appointment of Chief Justice" (PDF). Trinidad and Tobago Gazette (9). 24 January 2008. p. 55. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Millett, James (1985). Society and Politics in Colonial Trinidad. Omega. ISBN 0-86232-421-1. 
  • Joseph, Edward Lanzer (1970). History of Trinidad. Routledge. ISBN 0-7146-1939-6. 
  • Hart, Daniel (1866). Trinidad and the other West India Islands and Colonies. Trinidad: The Chronicle Publishing Office. 
  • Brereton, Bridget (1997). Law, Justice and Empire: The Colonial Career of John Gorrie, 1829–1892. Kingston, Jamaica: Press University of the West Indies. ISBN 976-640-035-0. 
  • Comma, Carlton N. (1973). Who's Who in Trinidad and Tobago 1972–1973. Port of Spain: Carib Printers Ltd. 
  • Yawching, Donna (1991). Who's Who and Handbook of Trinidad and Tobago. Inprint Caribbean Ltd. ISBN 976-608-038-0. 
  • Jacqueline West, ed. (2001). South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2002. London: Europe Publications. ISBN 1-85743-121-9. 
  • Nolan, Cathal J. (2002). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations S-Z. vol. IV. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-32383-6. 
  • Woodcock, Henry Iles (1867). A History of Tobago. Ayr: Smith and Grant. 
  • Laurence, Keith Ormiston (1995). Tobago in Wartime, 1793–1815. Kingston, Jamaica: Press University of the West Indies. ISBN 976-640-003-2. 
  • Daniel O'Connell and Maurice R. O'Connell (1972). Irish Manuscripts Commission, ed. The Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell: 1792–1814. vol. I. Kingston, Jamaica: Irish University Press. ISBN 0-7165-0208-9. 
  • Rose, George Maclean (1888). A Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography. vol. II. Rose Publishing Co. 

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