Political figure Herbert Volney, formerly of the United National Congress (UNC) party, was from Trinidad and Tobago. In Trinidad and Tobago, he held the positions of Justice Minister and Member of Parliament for St. Joseph/Maracas. After earning a Bachelor of Laws in 1976, Volney was accepted into the Hugh Wooding Law School and was appointed as a barrister to the Trinidad and Tobago Bar in 1978. He was hired by Selwyn Richardson, the attorney general at the time, to work in the director of public prosecutions’ office in 1979, where he spent the next ten years. He left his position as the Public Prosecutions Assistant Director. He was chosen as a Supreme Court justice in 1994 after being sought out by Chief Justice Clinton Bernard.
Who was Herbert Volney?
He presided over more than 400 higher-level trials by the time he decided to resign in order to run for politics in the St. Joseph constituency in the General Elections of 2010, and he had made a considerable contribution to the Criminal Assizes sittings in Port of Spain, San Fernando, and Scarborough. Volney served as Head Boy of his alma mater, St. Mary’s Academy, and as President of the Guild of Undergraduates at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus. Edward Fitzgerald, the British Queen’s Counsel, contended that Volney did not mislead his Cabinet colleagues during a hearing in the High Court in January 2013. He was criticised at the time by Persad-Bissessar for allegedly deceiving the Cabinet about the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration.
Herbert Volney has died
Herbert Volney, a former high court judge and Justice Minister of the Peoples Partnership administration, has passed away. He went away this morning at 7:45. Age-wise, he was 69. Volney had heart disease and underwent heart surgery in 2010, but his cause of death is currently unknown. Volney, a native of Dominica, established his own political organisation called “We The People” in 2017.
Dr Roodal Moonilal, a member of parliament from Oropouche, sent his former colleague condolences. He stated: “I cherish my interactions with Mr Volney. The honour of working with Mr Volney was mine. While he was working for the government, I was in charge of the business. I was often surprised by his sense of humour. He had a unique personality. But I could see he had a strong affection for his nation. We constantly kept in touch via social media. We appreciate his service to the nation, and I’m very sorry.” Avinash Singh, a senator and minister of agriculture, expressed sympathy and said “Although we belonged to rival political parties, we were always friendly. He has recently shown a lot of interest in the product pictures I’ve been posting from my parent’s farm. Just a few weeks ago, I extended an invitation for him to come to visit. May his family now have the fortitude they need and that his spirit finds eternal rest.”