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Earl Witter Retires

Published:Wednesday | April 9, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Earl Witter has demitted office as public defender.



Witter’s tenure in the office ended on April 6.



He was sworn into office on September 13, 2006 as Jamaica's second Public Defender.



A release from the Office of the Public Defender said Matondo Mukulu, who is a public law specialist, will act as public defender until an appointment is made by the Governor General.



Witter had come in for criticism last year after his office was accused of failing to submit reports to Parliament and to make progress in key investigations.



The issue which caused the most criticism to be directed at Witter and his office were the delays in the completion of a report into the police-military operation into West Kingston in 2010.



The office finally submitted a preliminary report to the parliament last May following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.



In February a government source had revealed that the search for Witter’s replacement had already started.



The Office of the Public Defender was established in 2001, to investigate and seek redress on behalf of Jamaicans whose constitutional rights have been infringed by the State.



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