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JAMAICA | PNP Wants Prime Minister to confirm Justice Sykes as the Chief Justice of Jamaica.

Featured   Justice Bryan Sykes who took the Oath of Office during a ceremony at King’s House yesterday, after being appointed to act as Chief Justice. Justice Bryan Sykes who took the Oath of Office during a ceremony at King’s House yesterday, after being appointed to act as Chief Justice.
Kingston, Jamaica, February 1, 2018: People’s National Party Shadow Minister of Justice Senator Donna Scott-Mottley says utterances by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to suggest that he has placed acting Chief Justice Bryan Sykes on probation is an affront to the legal profession, the judiciary and the citizens of Jamaica.

Describing the development as unprecedented in the history of Jamaica, she said never before has a Chief Justice been placed on probation.

“The Constitution of Jamaica provides for the separation of powers of the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature. These are hallowed principles of our democracy.” Senator Scott Mottley said.

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PNP spokesman on justice Senator Donna Scott Mottley says Prime Minister Holness must do the right thing and confirm Justice Sykes as the Chief Justice of Jamaica.

“The appointment of Justice Bryan Sykes to act in the position of Chief Justice of Jamaica effectively undermines that principle.”

The Prime Minister has gone even further to require that the Chief Justice proves himself and demonstrates actions that bring results before he can be confirmed in the position.

“This raises the question as to who will evaluate the Chief Justice? What time frame will be established for the assessment? Will he be judged on the decisions which he makes ? If the decisions do not find favor with the Prime Minister would he be disqualified? Is the Prime Minister seeking to fetter the actions of the Acting Chief Justice in an attempt to influence his actions?”

The Chief Justice presides over the Judicial Services Commission which appoints members of the Judiciary.

It is untenable that a person in whom such authority is vested is placed in a position where he is uncertain of his own security of tenure.

Senator Scott Mottley said the Prime Minister must do the right thing and confirm Justice Sykes as the Chief Justice of Jamaica.

Last modified onFriday, 02 February 2018 16:13
  • Countries: Jamaica