Appeal Court grants Devant Maharaj leave to challenge JLSC composition at Privy Council

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:30

Devant Maharaj has been granted leave by the Court of Appeal to take his case regarding the composition of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission to the Privy Council in London.

This morning the Court of Appeal comprising Justices Gregory Smith, Charmaine Pemberton and Andre Des Vignes rejected an attempt by the Attorney General to block the grant of leave to Maharaj.

In a unanimous judgment, the court said the appeal could not be described as "unarguable" and dismissed submissions from Senior Counsel Deborah Peake that the appeal was frivolous, vexatious and without any merit.

The court accepted the submissions from Maharaj's attorney, Senior Counsel Anand Ramlogan that the claim was one of immense constitutional and public importance and that the issues raised were both meritorious and arguable.

Maharaj said he intends to ask the Privy Council for an expedited hearing of his appeal.