AG Al Rawi: No Plans To Appeal High Court Judge’s Decision.

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AG Al Rawi: No Plans To Appeal High Court Judge’s Decision.

There will be no appeal to the Judge’s Order relating to the recent High Court matter surrounding the acting appointments of Gary Griffith and Deputy Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob.

Confirmation of this came from Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, while speaking at a news briefing on Monday.

On Thursday, October 14th, High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo ruled the acting appointments of Mr Griffith and Mr Jacob were unconstitutional.

The ruling was made in an interpretation summons filed by social activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj.

Mr Maharaj had petitioned the court to rule on the procedure governing the power of the Police Service Commission to appoint a substantive Commissioner of Police and Acting Commissioner of Police.

The AG reflected on the judgment of the High Court Judge and elaborated on the factors which influenced the decision not to appeal the Order.

Mr Al Rawi said it is clear that the Judge, having struck out the 2009 Order, Trinidad and Tobago must receive a mechanism by which a person may be appointed to act as Commissioner of Police.

He said it is understandable that a Commissioner of Police holding the substantive office may have to travel out of the country, may fall ill or cannot perform functions for a couple of days, in those circumstances  the parliament must now properly consider how you can have an acting commissioner of police for short periods of time.