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PM To Meet With Jamaican Bar Assoc, In Relation To Controversial Appointment Of Acting CJ.

RJR News / RJR News has learnt Prime Minister Andrew Holness will meet today with representatives of the Jamaican Bar Association in relation to the appointment of a Chief Justice.   Supreme Court Judge Bryan Sykes was appointed on February 1 to act in the vacancy created by the retirement of  Zaila McCalla on January 31. However, there has been strong criticism from various groups, including the Bar Association.   The association has threatened to file a suit over the failure of the Prime Minister to recommend someone for a permanent appointment as Chief  Justice. It argues that the Constitution does not contemplate the appointment of an acting chief justice, except in cases of emergency.    Questioned yesterday about whether the suit has been filed, a representative of the Bar Association said the filing is imminent unless a quick resolution to the matter can be brokered.   Two weeks ago courts across the island were disrupted as judges met to discuss comments by the Prime Minister which seemed to suggest Justice Sykes was on probation. The judges later issued a declaration stressing the principle of the separation of power.                                      

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