Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Past Attorneys General

Senator the Honourable John Jeremie

Mr. John Jeremie S.C. served as Attorney General during the 8th Republican Parliament, succeeding Mrs. Glenda Morean-Phillip, who was appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Mr. Jeremie was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. In 2008 he again succeeded Mrs. Glenda Morean-Phillip when he was appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

On May 29, 2009 Mr. Jeremie was appointed Attorney General in the 9th Republican Parliament, replacing Mrs. Bridgid Annisette-George.


The Honourable Bridgid Annisette-George

Mrs. Bridgid Annisette-George was appointed a Senator and Attorney General on November 8, 2007 and thus became the third woman to hold this post in the history of Trinidad and Tobago, following Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Mrs. Glenda Morean-Phillip. An alumnus of St. Joseph’s Convent, Port-of-Spain, Mrs. Annisette-George is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies, having obtained her Bachelors of Law from in 1981. Before taking up the portfolio of Attorney General, Mrs. Annisette-George was the sole practitioner at Messrs. G.R. Annisette & Co. Mrs. Annisette-George has also held a wide variety of positions in both the private and public sector including Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (2003), Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation (1999-2003) and associate tutor/lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School. She entered Parliament with some 24 years of experience as an Attorney-at-law.


Her Excellency Glenda Patricia Morean-Phillip

Mrs. Morean-Phillip became the second woman to hold the office of Attorney General between December, 2001 and November 2003. Mrs. Morean-Phillip is currently High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States of America and Mexico. Mrs. Morean-Phillip achieved many milestones, including being the first Trinidad and Tobago born woman in her country to qualify as a Solicitor. She was also the first female to hold the position of President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and achieved yet another milestone for women in her country by being the longest serving Attorney General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Interestingly Mrs. Morean-Phillip also took a keen interest in the sport of tennis by becoming the first female president of the Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago from 1991 to 1997.


 The Honourable Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj

 
Mr. Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is the Political Leader of National Team Unity, a political party in Trinidad and Tobago. He was Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago between February, 1996 and October, 2001. He studied law in England and was admitted to the Bar in November 1966. Maharaj began building his reputation as a human rights lawyer in the 1980s; his most notorious clients were the Jamaat al Muslimeen. In an interesting note, Mr. Maharaj at one time was studying to become a Presbyterian Minister at the St Andrews Theological College in San Fernando before he decided to study law.


The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar

The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar made history in Trinidad and Tobago when she became the first female Attorney General where she served two terms in office. The first time she held the position was from November 1995 to February 1996. She served her second term from October 2001 to December, 2001. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is currently the Member of Parliament for Siparia, a seat she has held for the past fifteen years having been elected since 1995. She began her education at the Mohess Road Hindu School, Erin Road Presbyterian School and Siparia Union Presbyterian School and her secondary education was at the first and only Presbyterian co-ed institution in Trinidad and Tobago – Iere High School, Siparia. She later moved to Norwood Technical College, London, to begin her tertiary education and thereafter the University of the West Indies at Mona and then Cave Hill. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons.), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of the West Indies and a Diploma in Education and pursued studies in the Masters of Education. She became a high school teacher, both in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, and at age 25, became one of the youngest university lecturers at UWI, Mona Campus. The Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar replaced the Common Entrance Exams with the Secondary Entrance Assessment which is today a successful transition tool from primary to secondary education.

On January 24th, 2010 Mrs. Persad-Bisessar was elected Political Leader of the United National Congress and on February 25th 2010 Opposition Leader. She went to become the leader of the “People’s Partnership”- a five opposition party team comprising the UNC, COP, TOP, MSJ and NJAC that swept the polls at the May 24th General Election. On Tuesday May 26, 2010, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar created history yet again, becoming the first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  


The Honourable Keith Sobion
 

Mr. Sobion held the office of Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago during the years of 1991-1995. After attending St Mary’s College, he went on to study at the University of the West Indies. He then attended Hugh Wooding Law School and gained his Legal Education Certificate. He was a senior member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. He was also an ardent sports fanatic involved the Harvard Sports and had a keen interest in football, cricket and chess.

 


The Honourable Anthony Smart

Former leader and founding member of the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) and co-founder and first full-time General secretary of the Organization for National Reconstruction (ONR), Mr. Anthony Smart served as Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago from 1989-1991. After finishing his BA at the University of Toronto he went on to study law at the College of Law, Surrey, England. Along with serving as Attorney General he also held the office of Minister of Legal affairs. He was in the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr. Smart interestingly is an ardent golf player and a member of the St Andrew’s Golf Club.

 


The Honourable Selwyn A. Richardson

Mr. Selwyn A. Richardson served as Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago on two different occasions firstly for five years from 1976 to 1981 and then from 1986-1989. Mr. Richardson studied law in England and upon his return to Trinidad and Tobago he practiced law for several years and then joined the People's National Movement (PNM). Leaving politics behind for a while he was appointed Chairman of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He also held the position of Director of the T&T Telephone Company. Upon his return to politics in 1986, after serving his second term as Attorney General, he became the Minister of National Security with the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) in 1990. Some interesting facts to note about Mr. Richardson are that he was once a member of the Police service before he left for England to study law. He was also one of the members of Parliament that was in the Red House during the attempted coup.  


 The Honourable Russell Martineau

Mr. Russell Martineau S.C. was born on February 7th 1945. Mr. Martineau S.C.. served as Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago for 5 years from 1981 to 1986. A former member of the Law Commission. He was also a tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School and a former part-time lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of the West Indies. He most recently served as the President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

 


The Honourable Basil Pitt

Mr. Benjamin Llewellyn Basil Pitt was born on August 9th 1924 in the Sister Isle of Tobago. During his school days he attended the Bishop’s High School in Tobago. He then went on to study law at the Inns of Court in London, England. He returned to Trinidad and Tobago and was called to the bar in 1960. Mr. Pitt held several government ministerial positions which included Minister of National Security as well as the Minister of Legal Affairs. He served as the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago for 3 years from 1973-1976.

 


The Honourable Karl Terrence Hudson-Phillips

 Mr. Karl Hudson-Phillips Q.C took up the office of Attorney General between the years of 1969 and 1973. After attending Queen’s Royal College he studied law at the Cambridge University in the UK and practiced law in various jurisdictions spanning the UK and several Caribbean Islands including Barbados and St. Vincent. On his return to Trinidad and Tobago he lectured at the University of The West Indies from 1961-1963. In 1980 he founded the Organization for National Reconstruction, a political party which contested the 1981 General Elections. Despite getting the second-highest vote tally in the election, the ONR failed to secure a single seat in Parliament. Mr. Hudson-Phillips was also the President of the Law Association in Trinidad and Tobago. For a spark of interest Mr. Hudson Phillips was also the lead attorney in the high profile murder trial of the Prime Minister of Grenada, Maurice Bishop.


The Honourable George Armsby Richards

Mr. George A. Richards served as the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago in 1962 for seven years till his tenure ended in 1967. He first attended the Belmont Boys R.C. Primary School then went on to study abroad at the Tutorial College, London and the University of London where he studied Law and was called to the Bar in 1940. After Studying in London Mr. Richards returned to Trinidad and Tobago and became a member of the San Fernando Borough Council. He was the Foundation member of the West Indian National Party in 1942. It is very interesting to note that George Richards was born in our neighboring Caribbean Island of St Vincent.

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