Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Privy Council clears way for citizens to challenge actions of President, Parliament

“pleased”: Reginald Dumas


Former Head of the Public Service, Reginald Dumas, said yesterday he was pleased “for the citizens of the country” that the Privy Council has handed down a ruling which clears the way for any citizen who is “serious about things” to challenge the actions of the President and the Parliament if they believed those actions to be unconstitutional.

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council yesterday upheld Dumas's right as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, “concerned with good governance”, to seek an interpretation of the Constitution from the High Court in the public interest on whether the President erred in the nomination and the Parliament in the confirmation of the nomination of former members of the Police Service Commission of Roamar Achat-Saney and Dr James Armstrong.

 

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