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.
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