Review of the Commissions of Enquiry Act, Chap. 19:01 and the public inquiry process

Senate - 4th Session - 12th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS the Commissions of Enquiry Act, Chapter 19:01 provides for the establishment of Commissions to manage the conduct of enquiries into public officers, departments and matters of public welfare;

AND WHEREAS Commissions of Enquiry are recognised as an important tool for social investigation in contemporary society, an effective mechanism for delving into and ameliorating matters of public concern;

AND WHEREAS successive Government administrations have failed to adequately address public concerns which have arisen from time to time on whether the Commissions of Enquiry in Trinidad and Tobago have been effectively and efficiently carrying out their mandate;

BE IT RESOLVED that this Senate call on the Government to review the Commissions of Enquiry Act, Chap. 19:01 and the public inquiry process in Trinidad and Tobago with a view to effecting comprehensive reform of the Act and thereby improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the public inquiry process.

(By Senator Anthony Vieira, SC)

26 Mar 2024
Senate Debate - Day 1Hansard
7 speakersShow Speakers
1.Senator Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
2.Senator the Honourable Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
3.Senator Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
4.Senator Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
5.Senator the Honourable Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
6.Senator Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
7.Senator Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]