The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has dismissed appeals by a number of individuals and companies challenging the legality of the retrospective repeal by the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament of a statutory limitation period for certain criminal proceedings. The judgment of the Board addresses several issues of general importance for the common law, including the scope and application of the constitutional law doctrine of the separation of powers and the extent to which it is permissible for Courts to have regard to Parliamentary materials in assessing challenges to legislation.
The full judgment can be read here: https://www.jcpc.uk/cases/docs/jcpc-2015-0014-judgment.pdf.
Michael Beloff QC and James Segan acted for Mr Ferguson and the corporate appellants.
Michael Fordham QC acted for the appellant Mr Edoo.
Tom Richards acted as junior counsel for the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago.