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PSC matter back in the Supreme Court

Published:Friday | December 28, 2007 | 12:59 PM

Legal teams representing the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are at this hour presenting arguments in the Supreme Court in a matter involving the Public Service Commission, PSC. The hearing follows an injunction brought by the Opposition, which bars the government from appointing new members to the PSC.

Supreme Court Judge, Justice Donald McIntosh granted the injunction last week. The court order, which expires today, prevents the Prime Minister from filling the vacancies resulting from the dismissal of the previous PSC members. Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller took out the injunction after she failed to stop Prime Minister Bruce Golding from recommending that PSC members be dismissed for misconduct.

Mrs. Simpson Miller wants the former members of the Commission to be offered a fair hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal into the allegations of misbehaviour. The government and the PSC have been at odds since the Commission recommended that Professor Stephen Vasciannie be appointed the new Solicitor General.

It’s reported that the government favours former Deputy Solicitor General Douglas Leys for the job. Deputy Solicitor General, Patrick Foster, has been acting in the post since Michael Hylton resigned on October 31.