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Supreme Court Grants Portia Injunction Against Bruce

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2007 | 2:45 PM

The Supreme Court has granted an injunction barring the Prime Minister from recommending the dismissal of the members of the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The injunction was filed by lawyers representing the opposition leader Portia Simpson Miller.

Justice Kay Beckford granted the injunction after hearing legal arguments from the lawyers representing Mrs. Simpson Miller.

The judge also granted leave for the matter to be taken to Judicial Review Court. The first hearing is set for January 10.

It’s reported that the Prime Minister Bruce Golding, wants the Governor General to dismiss the PSC members for misbehaving.

Attorney-at-law, Bert Samuels said the fact that such a case has never been filed in Jamaica before, should not make it difficult for the matter to be argued in court.

Mrs. Simpson Miller wants the injunction to remain in force until the PSC is 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 Professor Stephen Vasciannie selected to be the new Solicitor General.

It’s reported that the government favours former Deputy Solicitor General, Douglas Leys for the job.