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Court bars Transport Ministry from convening dismissal hearing for chief motor vehicle inspector

Published:Tuesday | December 5, 2017 | 7:10 PMBarbara Gayle

The Supreme Court has granted an order barring the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Works from conducting a hearing with a view to dismissing chief inspector of the motor vehicle licensing authority in St Thomas, Lynden Simpson.

The injunction, which was granted Tuesday, is to remain in force until April 4 next year.

Simpson was arrested and charged in 2012 with a breach of the Corruption Prevention Act. 

It was alleged that he accepted money to perform a certain duty which was in breach of the law.

The charge was dismissed in 2015.

On being informed that the permanent secretary had set up a committee to conduct a hearing, Simpson took the matter to the Supreme Court. 

Attorneys-at-law Hugh Wildman and Sasha Waugh Newby, who are representing Simpson, argued today that the charge against their client was dismissed and any hearing into the allegations would be a breach of the Public Service Regulations.

Lawyers representing the respondents, who are the permanent secretary and the members of the committee, opposed the application for a stay.

Acting Supreme Court Judge Lisa Palmer Hamilton granted the stay.

The substantive issue in the case could not be heard today and a date will be set for the hearing next year.

Simpson and the Jamaica Civil Service Association are the applicants in the case.

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