PSA granted leave to take TTRA challenge before the Privy Council

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PSA granted leave to take TTRA challenge before the Privy Council

The Appeal Court has granted the PSA conditional leave to take its challenge over the constitutionality of the operationalisation of the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA) to the Privy Council.

The union has also been granted a limited stay until September 25th.

At a hearing at the Hall of Justice, Port of Spain on Tuesday, Justices of Appeal Mark Mohammed, Charmaine Pemberton and Mira Dean-Armorer said it made sense to temporarily preserve the status quo, as it would be conducive to the ease of administration in the public’s interest, while mindful of the administration of justice.

However, the judges made it clear they could not agree to an open-ended extension.

The PSA has three days to approach the Privy Council, after which the Court of Appeal will grant final leave without a hearing.

The State did not oppose the leave application, but only argued against an open-ended stay, citing concerns over any further delay in the operationalisation of the authority, government’s ability to collect revenue and possible downgrades by international credit-rating agencies.