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Prime Minister wins PSC appeal

Published:Tuesday | March 4, 2008 | 3:54 PM

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has won the appeal in the case involving the dismissal of the former members of the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Mr. Golding had sought to have two Supreme Court orders, which were granted in favour of the Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller set aside.

Today’s ruling means that the Opposition leader can no longer proceed with the case.

Mr. Golding also appealed against a ruling in December last year, which granted Mrs. Simpson Miller leave to go to the Judicial Review Court, to bar him from making recommendations to dismiss the former PSC members.

He also asked the court to overturn a Supreme Court order, which gave Mrs. Simpson Miller a 14-day extension, to file a claim form for judicial review of his decision to recommend the dismissal of the PSC members.

New PSC members have since been appointed on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

The former PSC members were fired for alleged misbehaviour.

In January, four of the five PSC members took the Prime Minister to court over their dismissals.

A date is to be set for that hearing.