Government files appeal against court ruling that the extended tenure of former DPP, Paula Llewellyn, is unconstitutional

The government has filed an appeal against a court ruling that the extended tenure of former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, is unconstitutional.

The ruling was handed down by the Constitutional Court last Friday, despite an amendment to the constitution to adjust the retirement ages for the DPP and the Auditor General from 60 to 65 years. 

The challenge to the extension was brought in a lawsuit filed by Opposition Member of Parliament, Phillip Paulwell and Senator Peter Bunting.

In a statement today, the Justice Ministry said the court upheld the constitutional amendments, confirming the valid extension of the retirement age. 

However, it ruled that this amendment did not apply to Ms. Llewellyn, as she had already reached the previous extended time of 63 years when the change to 65 years was made.

Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck said as a result, the government, has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal in an attempt to resolve what it described as an inconsistency. 


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