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JLP's proposal to change judge selection process is 'unconstitutional', says Justice Minister

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:00 PM
Minister of Justice Mark Golding says the current process of appointing judges and members of the judicial services commission works well for Jamaica and does not need to be changed.

Minister of Justice Mark Golding has described as unconstitutional a proposal by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to subject appointments of the Chief Justice, President of the court of appeal and the judicial  services commission to parliamentary approval.

The proposal was made by the JLP in its Manifesto, which was released yesterday.

According to Golding, the current process of appointing judges and members of the judicial services commission works well for Jamaica and does not need to be changed.

He also says the appointments are entrenched in the constitution which would need to be amended.

Golding is of the view that allowing parliament to appoint judges would politicise the process and result in unnecessary delays to justice.

 

Mark Golding

He was speaking at the a press conference at the People's National Party's Head Quarters this morning.