Monday, January 22, 2018

AG: No Solicitor General selected

 Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday he has not been advised that the Judical and Legal Services Commission (JLSC), the body responsible for appointing a Solicitor-General, has selected someone for the job.

The position became vacant on January 1 with the resignation of Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell, who served in that office for three years.

Reports surfaced yesterday that Samraj Harripaul SC, chairman of the Law Reform Commission, was tipped to get the job.

Harripaul, who has served on a number of Cabinet-appointed committees, is an expert in the field of public law. He holds a first class honours degree in law and a masters in law, specialising in legislative drafting.

“We have not even been presented with a candidate, but people are talking foolishness,” Ramlogan said. “I don’t know whether Harripaul has applied for the job.”  

Ramlogan said the Prime Minister has a constitutional veto over the appointment of the Solicitor General. 

Noting that the post is currently vacant, the Attorney General said he presumed that the JLSC would make an acting appointment first and then hold interviews for a candidate to fill the substantive post afterwards.                                        —Ria Taitt