Latest: News

Court denies Davies' application over OCG decision

Published: Friday February 1, 2013 | 4:46 pm Comments 0
Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies.
Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies.

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Supreme Court judge Lennox Campbell has turned down an application by the Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies who was seeking leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to challenge a decision of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).


The Transport Minister was seeking leave for the Review Court to determine whether the OCG had the authority to requisition the three-member independent oversight panel monitoring three major infrastructure government projects.

Justice Campbell handed down his ruling this afternoon.

The Transport Minister had taken the OCG to the Supreme Court over its insistence on monitoring the three major government projects.

The projects are the north-south link of Highway 2000, which spans Spanish Town to Ocho Rios; the Gordon Cay Container Trans-shipment hub, and the Fort Augusta Container Terminal.

The attorney general, Patrick Atkinson, had disagreed with the OCG’s insistence that the oversight panel should provide formal reports on its deliberations regarding the projects.

According to the OCG, the government was attempting to circumvent its office.

The OCG maintained that it acted lawfully and said the Administration’s move was an abuse of the judicial process.

The attorney general has the right to take the matter to the Court of Appeal.

But today, Atkinson said he could not comment as he was yet to be officially informed about the ruling.

"It's a total disrespect for the office of the attorney general that no notification was given to this office."

He said he only learned that the ruling had been made after members of the press informed him.

Like our new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/gleanerjamaica

Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/JamaicaGleaner

radio@gleanerjm.com

Share |

The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gleaner.
The Gleaner reserves the right not to publish comments that may be deemed libelous, derogatory or indecent. Please keep comments short and precise. A maximum of 8 sentences should be the target. Longer responses/comments should be sent to "Letters of the Editor" using the feedback form provided.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Videos

Top Jobs

View all Jobs