Watts' historic win

Maria Bradshaw,

Added 16 November 2012


An officer of the court who brought a case against the Judicial and Legal Services Commission headed by Chief Justice Marston Gibson has created legal history. Acting Crown Counsel Elwood Watts, who was attached to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the past six years, successfully challenged the appointment of a recently admitted attorney-at-law to the post of Crown Counsel ahead of him, without the position being advertised. Yesterday when the matter came up before Justice William Chandler, Principal Crown Counsel Sharon Deane, who represented the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and the Attorney General, reported that the Chief Personnel Officer had agreed to appoint Watts to the post of Senior Crown Counsel. The matter was heard in chambers and Watts was represented by Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne.

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