Opposition Signals Intention to Challenge Chief Justice Appoinment

The Opposition People’s National Party has given the clearest indication yet that it could take Prime Minister Andrew Holness to court over his appointment of Justice Bryan Sykes to act as Chief Justice.

The leader of Opposition Business in the Senate and PNP Spokesman on Justice, Donna Scott Mottley, says a legal challenge is the only solution to the constitutional contention.

Senator Mottley is insisting that by appointing Justice Sykes to act, Prime Minister Holness has breached the constitutional principle of separation of powers.

Senator Scott Mottley was making her contribution to the State of the Nation debate today.

Another Opposition Senator, KD Knight, also criticized the Prime Minister for his appointment of Justice Sykes as acting chief justice.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.