The public standoff between Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justice Carol Gobin has reach some level of resolution. Justice Gobin after what was described as a productive meeting with the Chief Justice has agreed to launch the Family Court in Tobago , but will be based in Tobago only until December 2019, when the court will break for Christmas.
Justice Gobin expects that the Chief Justice will have to find a replacement judge to replace her in January 2020.
Justice Gobin will launch the Family Court in Tobago, but it was agreed to that she will also continue to function as a senior judge in the civil jurisdiction, where she will manage her existing docket of cases.
Carol Gobin is a senior judge in the civil jurisdiction, Gobin is currently adjudicating on a number of complex civil trials.
The exchanges between the Chief Justice and Justice Gobin were the subject of public debate and derision after the Chief Justice chided her resistance at being assigned to the Family Court in Tobago. Justice Gobin’s response also went public as were her feeling on complaints raised by the Law Association (LATT) against Chief Justice Archie.