The Hon Mr Just Ivor Archie Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago

Biography

The Honourable the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Ivor Archie, graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1980 with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree (Upper Second Class Honours) after pursuing the three year programme in Mechanical Engineering at the St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Before proceeding two years later to study law at the University of South Hampton in the United Kingdom, he practiced as an engineer, firstly at Trintoplan Consultants Limited in Trinidad, and then with Schlumberger (Africa) as a Wireline Logging Engineer stationed in Lybia.

Mr Justice Archie returned to Trinidad and Tobago in 1984 shortly after obtaining his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from South Hampton. He immediately entered the Hugh Wooding Law School at St Augustine where, following the two-year programme, he received his Legal Education Certificate (LEC), attaining as well the award for the most outstanding performance during his studies.

He was admitted to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago, and began his legal career in private practice with the reputable firm, Clarke and Company, and then in service to the Governments of Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands as State Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel. He also served as Solicitor General of the Cayman Islands, and acted as the territory’s Attorney General on a number of occasions.

He came back to Trinidad and Tobago in 1998, when on March 1 of that year he was appointed a Puisne Judge of this country’s Supreme Court of Judicature. He became a Judge of the Trinidad and Tobago Court of Appeal on April 2, 2004, and was sworn in as Trinidad and Tobago’s Chief Justice on January 24, 2008, the eighth such office holder since the country’s independence and creating history as the youngest person to have assumed that position in Trinidad and Tobago. As Chief Justice, Mr Justice Archie is also President of the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago.

Published Works

Education

Bachelor of Sciences Degree (Upper Second Class Honours), University of the West Indies (1980)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Southampton
Legal Education Certificate (LEC), Hugh Wooding Law School at St Augustine