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Trinidad Express / Recently the Prime Minister offered an olive branch to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to meet with him on the issue of the current judicial impasse, amongst others. There have been repeated calls from several quarters, including this column, for the PM to employ his constitutional authority to approach the President to set up an independent tribunal to investigate the judicial crisis. However, the PM has adamantly refused to get involved, insisting that he will maintain a “Great Wall of China” approach to the issue. The PM was clearly referring to the separation of powers doctrine. According to the PM, the matter fell within the borders of the judiciary and as such he saw no reason why the Government should request a commission of enquiry into the matter. However, on his return from the recent Caricom meeting in Grenada and on learning of the resignation of two members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC), the PM was singing a different tune. It seems he is no longer so concerned about the Chinese wall—this time between the legislature and the judiciary—as he told reporters that the issue might well be only resolved by the Parliament.

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