The Chief Justice is the Head of the Judiciary, the third traditional branch of Government, which is responsible for administering justice. The Chief Justice is President of the Court of Appeal and is the Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission. He is also ex-officio, a judge of the High Court and can therefore sit in that Court.
The Constitution provides for the Chief Justice to be appointed by the President after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Other Supreme Court Judges are appointed by the President acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
The Supreme Court consists of the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal which exercise all such jurisdiction and powers as are conferred on them respectively by the Supreme Court of the Judicature Act, Chapter 4:01 and the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act, 1976. There are also Courts of Summary Jurisdiction and Petty Civil Courts.
Current Chief Justice is The Honourable Mr. Ivor Archie.
For more information about the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago visit the Judiciary website
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