Attorneys representing Gov’t to seek expedited hearing today in appeal against court ruling on second tenure extension of DPP Llewellyn

Attorneys representing the Government will be seeking an expedited hearing today, in its appeal against the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the second extension of tenure granted to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn.

An application for the appeal to be heard expeditiously will be made at a case management conference today.

Sources say the judge will be asked to set a date for the appeal to be heard next month.

Last month, the Constitutional Court ruled that an amendment to the Constitution last July to raise the age of retirement for the DPP and the auditor general from 60 to 65 years was valid.

The court ruled also that the amendment giving Ms. Llewellyn the power to elect to remain on the job was null and void and of no legal effect.

The DPP was on a second extension when Opposition Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell and Senator Peter Bunting challenged the amendment to the Constitution.

The claimants sought a declaration that Ms. Llewellyn should not remain in office beyond September last year when her extension ended and they were successful.

Following the ruling, Ms. Llewellyn stepped aside pending the outcome of an appeal.

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Claudette Thompson was appointed to act as DPP.

The attorney general who is the appellant has filed several grounds of appeal contending that the Constitutional Court erred in its decision and is seeking to have the decision quashed.

King’s Counsel Douglas Leys who is representing Ms. Llewellyn will be seeking permission today to file grounds of appeal and present legal arguments in the Court of Appeal.


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