Case details

Maharaj (Appellant) v Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (Respondent) (Trinidad and Tobago)

Case ID: JCPC 2018/0047

Jurisdiction: The Court of Appeal of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Case summary


Did the judge err in refusing to grant the Appellant permission to bring judicial review proceedings against the Respondent?


The Respondent is a state owned company, which was a party to arbitration proceedings with World GTL St Lucia Limited. Following these proceedings, the Appellant wrote to the Respondent seeking disclosure of the judgment which was delivered by the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) and all of the witness statements which were filed in the proceedings. According to the Appellant, this request was prompted by the Attorney General’s decision to discontinue civil proceedings against a former Executive President of the Respondent company following the conclusion of the arbitration proceedings. Following this request, the Respondent provided a copy of the judgment to the Appellant but refused to provide copies of the witness statements. The Appellant applied for permission to apply for judicial review of the Respondent’s decision but this application was refused by the High Court of Justice on the basis that the Appellant had not shown an arguable ground for judicial review with real prospects of success. This decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal.  



Ravi Balgobin Maharaj


Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited



Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge, Lady Arden, Lord Kitchin, Lord Sales

Hearing start date

20 Mar 2019

Hearing finish date

20 Mar 2019

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20 Mar 2019 Morning session Afternoon session