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Law Assn looks at appointment system

News day / In a statement yesterday, the association’s president Douglas Mendes, SC, said the seven-member committee – which will be led by Justice Desiree Bernanrd, former Caribbean Court of Justice judge and Chancellor of the Court of Appeal in Guyana – will report back to the association’s Council within three months with its recommendations.

The Committee’s Terms of Reference are: (i) To examine the constitutional and other arrangements pertaining to the selection and appointment of judges of the High Court and the Court of Appeal (ii) Make recommendations, including changes to the Constitution and/or current practices and/or procedures and/or selection criteria, with a view to ensuring due process, transparency and accountability whilst maintaining the dignity of judicial officers and the independence of the judiciary.

(iii) To consult with stakeholders and members of public and to receive and consider their written and oral submissions.

The establishment of the committee comes less than two weeks before lawyers vote on a motion of no confidence in Chief Justice Ivor Archie and the other members of the JLSC for their handling of the appointment and subsequent resignation of former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar as a Judge of the Supreme Court.

The members of the association’s committee also include economist and chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) Dr Terrence Farrell; Movement for Social Justice head David Abdulah; vice president of the Law Association and deputy chairman of the Integrity Commission Rajiv Persad , senior constitutional law lecturer at UWI (Mona) Tracy Robinson and attorneys Vanessa Gopaul and Rishi Dass.

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