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Panton to chair Tivoli compensation committee

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 10:20 PM
Retired Appeal Court president Justice Seymour Panton

The Cabinet has appointed the retired Appeal Court president Justice Seymour Panton as chair of the Compensation Committee to investigate all claims brought by aggrieved persons as a result of the May 2010 security operations aimed at capturing then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The two remaining members of the Committee will be named shortly, and the body is expected to begin working by the end of October.

The Justice Ministry says the Committee will determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons during the operations.

Panton's appointment is in keeping with the recommendation of the Commission of Enquiry Report for a retired judge or senior attorney-at-law with expertise and experience in the assessment of compensation for personal injuries and death to chair the Committee.

"The decision of the Government to establish the Compensation Committee means that it will not rely on the defence of the expiry of the limitation period as stipulated in Jamaican law," said a Justice Ministry spokesperson in a release.

Justice Seymour Panton is a prominent Caribbean jurist who has been appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Judge of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.

He served as President of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica as well as other judicial positions in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

He is also a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

The Cabinet has instructed that the Compensation Committee concludes its work within nine months, as was recommended in the Commission of Enquiry Report.