Chuck downplays gov't clash with judges over outstanding salary increase
Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck has downplayed the threat of legal action by judges who say they could sue the Government for outstanding salaries.
Yesterday, The Sunday Gleaner reported that in a letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the judges warn that they will take legal action if steps are not taken to implement an agreement for the speedy payment of the outstanding amounts.
That deal was struck when the jurists met Holness and Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on April 6.
Chuck says the matter is out of the control of the Cabinet as the process is now at the finance ministry where technocrats were expected to implement the new payments.
He says he is disappointed that after more than a month, that process is not finished.
Meanwhile, the justice minister has discounted the threat of legal action, questioning who will try the case.
A judge told The Gleaner that a decision has not yet been made as to whether the suit will be filed in the Supreme Court or if they will go directly to the Judicial Committee of the United Kingdom-based Privy Council.
Judges last received an increase in 2014, but that was two years overdue.
A recent report tabled in Parliament and approved by Cabinet recommended total increases of almost $200 million for judges