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Carey Brown loses legal fight with JADCO

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Court of Appeal has delivered a severe blow to the latest attempt by Carey Brown to keep his job as Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).

In a decision handed down earlier today, the Court of Appeal dismissed Brown’s application for leave to appeal the decision of High Court Judge Kirk Anderson to deny him permission to challenge his sacking.

JADCO wrote to Brown in September last year informing him that his services would be terminated in October.

Brown, through his attorneys, went to the Supreme Court and obtained an ex parte injunction blocking his dismissal.

But after hearing legal arguments from both sides on December 15, Justice Anderson refused Brown’s application for leave to challenge his dismissal, indicating that there was no merit to his case.

Not satisfied with that decision, attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman, who is representing the former JADCO boss, took his case to the Appeal Court, arguing that his client is a public officer who can only be removed by the Governor General on the advice of the Public Service Commission after due process.

Brown was employed to the government as a corporate planner before he was seconded to JADCO in 2013 as executive director.

However, President of the Court of Appeal Dennis Morrison, who delivered the ruling today, sided with JADCO’s attorneys that Brown’s status as a public officer was not affected by his termination as executive director.