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Carmona returns today to deal with Archie sabbatical

Sunday, March 11, 2018

After a six-day trip to Miami, President Anthony Carmona returns to the country today having to deal with the current controversy over whether or not Chief Justice Ivor Archie can in fact go on a six-month sabbatical.

On Tuesday, news of Archie's sabbatical came to the fore after correspondence between Carmona and himself were leaked to the public.

In a letter dated February 26, Archie wrote Carmona thanking him for approving his sabbatical which was expected to begin today.

Archie was supposed to have flown out of the jurisdiction today, until August 31.

Archie wrote Carmona seeking the time off on November 8, last year.

He referenced the Salaries Review Commission's 98th Report dated November 13, 2013, as the authority on which he could apply for the sabbatical.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley wrote the Office of the President seeking clarification on what grounds Archie was provided leave stating that SRC makes recommendations which are laid in Parliament and can be rejected, modified or amended by Cabinet.

Acting President Christine Kangaloo on Friday asked Archie to defer his leave until Carmona returned today.

Since then, email correspondence among judges in the period July 21, 2014, indicated that there was never any agreement and an email dated July 18 to the Chief justice indicated the committee established to consider the issue "never actually met" since attempts to meet were thwarted by the unavailability of one of the other judges"'

The committee established to consider the sabbatical arrangements comprised current president-elect then justice Paula-Mae Weekes, Maureen Pemberton, Hayden St Clair-Douglas, and Ricky Rahim.



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