Thursday 24 January, 2019

Carmona responds to Prime Minister on CJ's sabbatical leave

President Anthony Carmona has responded to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's request to provide clarity on the issues surrounding the six-month sabbatical leave of Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

Communications Adviser to the President, Theron Boodhan, confirmed that a letter was sent from President's House to the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday evening.

He was speaking with Loop TT on Tuesday morning.

"I know a letter was drafted yesterday and was supposed to have left President's house late yesterday evening to the Office of the Prime Minister. As far as the contents of the letter, President's House is not in the habit of disclosing letters or matters that are contained in a confidential letter."

This comes as news has entered the public domain, claiming that the President in his letter, says he is standing by his decision to grant the CJ permission to leave the jurisdiction.

Last week, the Prime Minister sent a letter to President Carmona in which he noted that under the Salary Review Commission's (SRC) 98th Report, Archie was not entitled to any sabbatical leave.

Dr Rowley said he learnt of the sabbatical request last Wednesday after receiving a letter from the President dated March 2, which spoke about a judge being appointed to act as CJ in Archie’s absence.

All eyes were on President Anthony Carmona for his response to the matter following his return from vacation on Sunday, after a trip to Miami.

Archie was expected to leave on the day of the President's return, however, on Friday, he agreed to delay his departure after a request by Acting President Christine Kangaloo. 

The CJ, moments after the statement was issued about his agreement to defer his sabbatical leave, justified the move via release.

The release quoted from the Hansard Report dated February 21, 2014, relating to the debate in parliament on the Salaries Review Commission’s 98th Report. The release quoted Dr Roodal Moonilal who said, “the Cabinet did agree to accept the recommendations of the Salaries Review Commission contained in the 98th Report dated November 2013.”

According to the 98th report, the SRC agreed to the proposal for the introduction of sabbatical leave for judges. However, it proposed that sabbatical leave required the judiciary to develop administrative arrangements.


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