The Ceremonial Opening of the 2019-2020 Law Term of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Trinidad and Tobago took place on Monday 16th September.
The opening began with an inter-religious Service of Divine Worship at the Auditorium of the City Hall, 2-4 Knox Street, Port of Spain.
Members of the Industrial Court, members of the Tax Appeal Board, members of the Environmental Commission, Magistrates and Attorneys-at-Law were asked to assemble at the Auditorium of the City Hall.
However while the procession was approaching the Hall of Justice they were greeted by Judiciary workers who staged a silent protest outside of the Court, and on the banister of City Hall.
The video posted by PSA Trinbago’s Facebook page showed several Magistrates, Attorneys and members of the Industrial Court walking up City Hall’s steps while workers were perched looking down into the street.
Silent protest by judiciary workers during opening of new Law Term.
Posted by PSA Trinbago on Monday, September 16, 2019
Just back in March of this year over 30 workers, which included staff from various departments at the Supreme Court and the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, lined the front of the Hall of Justice, linked hands and said a prayer.
The workers were protesting proposed restricted plans for the Judiciary, which they say will result in them being fired and contract workers taking their positions.