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Gov't withdraws challenge of OCG powers

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2013 | 3:06 PM

The Attorney General’s Department has withdrawn its application challenging the powers of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).



The application was set to be heard in the Judicial Review Court this morning before three judges.



However, when the case was called up this morning, the director of litigation at the department, Carlene Larmond, told the court that the government would no longer pursue the matter.



Larmond said some time ago, the attorney general announced that consideration was being given to legislative issues in the relation to OCG Act.



She said based on these deliberations it would not be necessary to go forward with the case because of the proposed changes.



As a consequence, the attorney has withdrew the application for judicial review.



No order was made for legal cost.



The Ministry of Transport and Works, represented by the Attorney General, took the OCG to the Supreme Court over its insistence on monitoring 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 ministry wanted the court to determine whether the OCG had the authority to requisition the three-member independent oversight panel monitoring the projects.



In February, Supreme Court judge Justice Campbell turned down the application.



The Contractor General, who was represented by attorney at law Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, had accused the government of 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.



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