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Court to hear Webster-Public Service Commission case today

Published:Tuesday | February 17, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Justice Kirk Anderson is to start hearing legal submissions today in the case brought by Executive Director of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Faith Webster.

Webster has taken the Public Service Commission to court over her interdiction in February last year.

The matter should have started yesterday, but the judge’s bundle and the case file could not be located until later in the day.

Webster is asking the Judicial Review Court to quash the interdiction.

Her lawyer, Douglas Leys, will be arguing that the rules of natural justice were breached as she was not given an opportunity to respond to the claims made against her.

The interdiction stemmed from an internal audit of the government-run agency.

Following the audit, the service commission recommended that Webster be removed from office with half pay.

Webster later took the matter to court and obtained a stay of proceedings in relation to the charges brought against her until the Judicial Review Court hears the matter.

She remains interdicted.

The defendants are the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miler, and the Public Service Commission.