Not so fast. The Prison Officers Association will have to put its celebrations on hold as the Superintendent of Prisons and the Attorney General have appealed a recent decision in the Association’s favour, by Justice Dr Sonia Richards.
It was last Thursday that Justice Dr Richards ordered that the property belonging to the association be returned to the executive by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and that the Superintendent of Prisons provide the Association with suitable accommodation for its property, the running of its business and meetings of its members by that same time.
Prison officers Trevor Browne, Dave Best and Paul Outram had sued the Superintendent, the Attorney General and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, saying the officers were being undermined and prevented from having a secretariat at the prison from which to work.
However, attorneys on behalf of the Superintendent and the Attorney General, Principal Crown Counsel Anika Jackson and Crown Counsel Deidre Gay-McKenna of the Solicitor-General’s chambers appealed, saying Justice Dr Richards’ decision, which was a final order as opposed to an interim one, amounted to a determination of the substantive issues which still have to be tried. (HLE)
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