PNP Voices Strong Opposition to ‘Acting’ Appointment of Chief Justice

Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says he cautioned against the appointment of a Chief Justice only in an ‘acting’ role as it will have ‘grave consequences’ for the stability of Jamaica’s democracy.

Justice Bryan Sykes was formally appointed Acting Chief Justice on Wednesday, replacing the retired Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla

Speaking at a media conference today at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition in St. Andrew, Dr. Phillips was critical of the move by the Andrew Holness-led government. Dr. Phillips says Prime Minister Holness consulted him before making the appointment.

He says it’s an unacceptable and untenable situation to appoint an acting Chief Justice as it has implications for fundamental constitutional principles and on the judiciary at large.

Dr. Phillips is urging the government to fully appoint Justice Sykes to the post. He says keeping Justice Sykes in an acting position could be a signal of the government’s intention to interfere with the judiciary.

Dr. Phillips joins in a chorus of criticism levelled at the Holness-administration by key stakeholders urging the government to fully appoint Justice Sykes to the post of Chief Justice.