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Lawyer threatens to take Commish to court for failing to obey order

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 12:38 AM
Attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman says Commissioner Williams may be in contempt of court for failing to reinstate district constable Carlton Smith in accordance with a November 6 court decision.

Attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman is considering court action against Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams over his alleged delay in complying with an order to reinstate his client in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Wildman says Commissioner Williams may be in contempt of court for failing to reinstate district constable Carlton Smith in accordance with a November 6 court decision.

He contends that the Commissioner's delay persists despite the National Security Ministry also indicating that the court order should be followed.

Wildman also argues that there is no need for any major administrative steps to facilitate the reinstatement as the court ruled that his client is to be treated as if he was never terminated.

However, Wildman says before his client turns up for work at the May Pen Police Station in Clarendon, the Commissioner must first issue a formal directive.

In November, the Court of Appeal accepted that Smith was wrongfully terminated from his job 13 years ago, arising from unsubstantiated allegations levelled against him by Superintendent Lascelles Taylor.