Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Courts of Law

What are the different types of Courts in Trinidad and Tobago?


ÉDeals with appeals from the Court of Appeal
ÒSupreme Court {Court of Appeal & High Court}
ÒHigh Court
ÉIndictable criminal matters  (require jury)
ÉCivil matters over TT$15,000
ÉFamily matters for married couples only
ÉAppeals go to the Court of Appeal
ÒMagistrates Court - Court of first instance for
ÉSummary criminal offences
ÉCivil matters
ÒFamily Court

46 comments:

Captain Walker said...

Any ideas about the mechanism by which they plan to split so-called 'criminal matters' off 'constitutional matters' - which was what the Privy Coucil is about?

We at Jumbies Watch have been watching this issue like hawks.. needless to say we are deeply concerned though not against the CCJ replacing the Privy Concil. http://www.jumbieswatch.com/2012/05/prematurely-independent-and-profoundly.html

Trinbago Rights said...

They go hand in hand, so I fail to see how this can be separated.

Ramlogan is not a Lawyer... he doesn't know ANYTHING about the law.

Anonymous said...

IF SOMEONE MAKING A CLAIM THAT ANOTHER OWE HIM MONEY IS THIS A MATTER FOR THE POLICE OR THE COURT ?

Trinbago Rights said...

Civil Court. The police have absolutely nothing to do with that unless there are threats of violence or actual violence.

Anonymous said...

if you order an item for the cost of $80,000.00 and the person took the full amount of money and did not order the item, but made a written agreement to pay, and the date as past and did not received any payments. WHAT TO DO?

Trinbago Rights said...

You'll have to sue them. Send me a private e-mail and we could deal with this for you.

Anonymous said...

My Father Died Without A Will.What Are My Rights?

Trinbago Rights said...

Look for the post on "intestacy".

Anonymous said...

If someone recieves a final decision in the court of appeal and they are not please - how long do they have before they can appeal to the caribbean court of justice?

Trinbago Rights said...

The CCJ is not the final Court of Appeal for T&T, it's the Privy Council.

Anonymous said...

If someone is a witness to a state matter, how are these days to be treated by there employer. Is it mandatory that receive the time off to attend court cases?

Trinbago Rights said...

Of course; those days must be paid as well.

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me the facts about the magistrate court

Trinbago Rights said...

In reference to what?

Anonymous said...

hi can you inform me of any judgments dealing with refusing lawful instructions from your employer , also what is lawful and reasonable instructions.

Vinodh M said...

what is the difference between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd magistrate courts ???

Trinbago Rights said...

"Lawful" is clear. "Reasonable" is dependent on many aspects, from the type of job, the employee's position, etc. It's impossible to broadly define "reasonable" in terms of employment law.

Anonymous said...

what does "throwing out" of a case actually mean. If a summons has an incorrect name of either party can it be "thrown out"

Trinbago Rights said...

Throwing out is a dismissal. An incorrect name isn't enough. It just has to be corrected.

Anonymous said...

what exactly is a pre action protocol letter and how is it served?

Anonymous said...

good to know. so in the case of a traffic ticket how do persons get off if their name is misspelt or incorrect.

Trinbago Rights said...

The letter of claim is a clear summary of the facts and the evidence to support the claim. We send it by registered mail or courier.

Anonymous said...

If a person is separated from their spouse for over two yrs and the conditions of that marriage was only abuse on all forms and now one party wants to get a divorce through family court, what would be the requirements??

Anonymous said...

I am desperately seeking a divorce. My husband was very abusive to me, especially emotionally and mentally. I now suffer with depression, anxiety,insomnia bipolar, a and self loathing. Instead of helping me to get well, he will oppress me. I was hospitalized and spent a couple months. He only came and see me once. I was out for a brief moment, and then hospitalized again in Saint Ann's institute for being suicidal. He NEVER came and see me there!!! When I was discharged I went at my parents. I have not been living with my estranged husband for three and a half years. He does not support me in any form. I don't want anything from him, like money,maintenance etc. All I want is a divorce!!! I have asked him on several occasions but he refuses to comply. We have not been intimate for four years, and I have absolutely no intentions of being intimate with him ever again. I have no affection for this person period!!!! Please what are the requirements for me to get a clean, swift, divorce!!??

Trinbago Rights said...

http://trinidadandtobagolegalrights.blogspot.com/2013/05/trinidad-tobago-pro-se-divorce-procedure.html

Trinbago Rights said...

http://trinidadandtobagolegalrights.blogspot.com/2013/05/trinidad-tobago-pro-se-divorce-procedure.html

If you need more specific assistance, send me a private e-mail.

Anonymous said...

I know someone who has several young children, with various fathers. All fathers are not involved in their child life,and the mother is extremely negligent to her children. She would be sexually involved with whomever in front her kids. She smokes illegal drugs in front the kids. She is very very abusive to her children, physically,emotionally,mentally verbally. She encourages CRIMINAL ELEMENTS to be at her home. The house is extremely dilapidated and is unfit even for an animal to live in it. I personally have spoken to this person, I even helped her for several years. But I fear that she enjoys this promiscuous lifestyle of negativity. Not caring how it affects her children!!!! How can these kids be safed?

Trinbago Rights said...

The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
http://ttchildren.org/

Anonymous said...

I inquire on behalf of my bother who is presently incarcerated

If someone is dissatified with the outcome of their high court appeal (Criminal matter), can you tell me
1. What is the next step
2. How do they go about this without an attorney
3. Is there a time frame
4. If I were to use an attorney can you tell me what is the approximate cost
5. If possible can you recommend the most practical way to approach this issue, and any attorney we can use

I have searched all the website, the office of the ombudsman, ministry of justice, judiciary of t&t, the privy council, the caribbean court of justice - trying to find out what is the process...nothing - I am hoping that you can assist

Trinbago Rights said...

Legal Aid should be your first stop.

Anonymous said...

a person was charged with an offense on a certain name and was given bail to reappear in court and never went to court.That same person was charged again with another offense under a different name and be released on a fine even though that person has
warrants out on the pervious name. Where is the checks on these cases.

Trinbago Rights said...

You should be speaking to the police, mate.

Anonymous said...

A company was contracted to do a job and that company hires a sub-contractor to facilitate the completion of the job. The sub-contractor completes the job but the company does not want to pay the sub-contractor when the job is complete due to the company not being paid. What can be done in such a case?

Anonymous said...

Are recorded telephone conversations legal? Are they the equivalent to a physical contract and admissible in court?

Anonymous said...

Hi where does the law Stand on holding a person, how long can they hold u without changing u an if ur hold questioned and ID parade without no family members being present or legal aid for 5 days and den charge is Dat legal

Trinbago Rights said...

There aren't any laws on that... that's why the police abuse the process.

Anonymous said...

Hi. What can be done with respect to an employer who does not get their affairs in order which in turn delays the completion of the job for which the contractor was hired and hence the contractor's payment?

Anonymous said...

Good day, I am currently in a civil matter with my son's father where he is the applicant for custody. He later change his application to access, however he has been a dead beat dad for years and has been paying maintenance through the court. I am currently in the process of migrating with my family, since my fiance lives abroad. The summons came five years after my son's birth and during my gestion period with my second son so I am of the assumption that he applied for access as a means to gain control and restrict my mobility. Our appearance in court seems to be going in his favor esp. since he successfully painted an image of a desperate dad and i appear as the aggressor. Could you kindly advise on what can be done since I feel very trapped and somewhat overwhelmed.

Trinbago Rights said...

The courts wouldn't deny him access; dead-beat or not.

Anonymous said...

Hi good day I paid an individual a downpayment for a use car upon such downpayment was paid the individual kept the car and I have not seen the vehicle or my money since then, this has been seven months now, the downpayment is $13,000.Can u advise me to what I should do

Lucien darkfall said...

I was served a summons for harassment true social media and text messages to someone who did not blocked me from texting only phone calls they blocked.in the third court in tobago.is that e ough for a case

Trinbago Rights said...

I haven't seen anything, so I can't comment...

Nina-Mae Forde said...

Is it possible to sue someone without a lawyer

Trinbago Rights said...

Only at the Magistrate's court.

Anonymous said...

What recourse do you have if you do not have a written contract and someone owes you money but keeps making excuses for not paying?

Unknown said...

What is the worst that could happen if u attend second court