CHIEF Justice Ivor Archie used his address at the opening of the new Law Term to slam the media for depending on “hardly reliable” and “uninformed” sources in reporting.
He was speaking at the Convocational Hall of the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain on Monday.
Archie said, “At the risk of criticism, of being accused of arrogance, I have to say I am too busy doing the people’s work.”
Saying, “Please don’t waste any of our time,” he slammed the media for requests for responses from him for something that was impertinent or inaccurate.
Archie has been under scrutiny by the media after allegations surfaced that he tried to convince judges to change their official state security to a company in which his friend Dillian Johnson was an employee.
There were also claims that he used his position to request state housing for certain individuals.
The Law Association had launched an investigation into the claims and recommended to the Prime Minister that he trigger Section 137 of the Constitution and appoint a tribunal to explore possible impeachment of the Chief Justice.
The Prime Minister sought his own legal advice and said there was not enough evidence for him to invoke Section 137.
In his address, Chief Justice also made mention of the resistance of Justice Carol Gobin to be assigned to the Family Court in Tobago.
He said, “I have been dismayed at the perception in some quarters that the assignment of judges to the Family Court implies a demotion or loss of seniority.”
“Only a special type of judge goes there,” Archie said.