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AG restricts citizens’ access to High Court

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The judgment by Justice Robin Mohammed in the case of Reginald Dumas v the Attorney General must be of interest to all citizens. This is so because of the implications of the court upholding the objections of the Attorney General to Mr Dumas’ claim.

The Attorney General contended that a citizen does not have a right to access the supreme court to determine whether the President’s appointment of two members of the Police Service Commission was unlawful because they were not made in accordance with mandatory criteria specified in the Constitution.

The Attorney General objected to the court considering the merits of the claim. He instead asked the judge to rule that he had no jurisdiction to interpret the Constitution because Mr Dumas’ human and fundamental rights were not infringed by the actions of the President.