While there may be a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC), President Anthony Carmona is preparing to appoint the fifth and final member to the Commission.
Top sources revealed that a San Fernando Senior Counsel will be named to the JLSC, which will fill the vacancy.
Former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan sent a pre-action protocol letter to the JLSC complaining about the constitutionality of the Commission. He gave the Commission a deadline.
But on Friday, attorney Ian Roach, an Independent Senator, asked Ramlogan to give him an additional week to respond to the pre-action protocol letter challenging the constitutionality of the composition of the JLSC.
Ramlogan said he was minded to agree to the extension, but renewed his request for the JLSC to hold its hand on making any further appointments until the issues he raised are resolved by the courts.
The commission, chaired by Chief Justice Ivor Archie, had been given until Friday to respond to the letter, which raised concerns about the composition and appointments made by the JLSC.
But by letter dated May 10, Ian Roach responded saying “given the serious nature of the subject matter in which I have only now been retained, kindly hold your hand until the 19th May 2017, pending my reply to your said letter, in order that I may take full instructions from my client and properly respond thereto.”
Ramlogan, acting on behalf of Devant Maharaj, is challenging the composition of the commission, four instead of the five as required under the Constitution and the ages of two retired Justices who sit on the commission – Roger Hamel Smith and Humphrey Stollmeyer -, who are both over the age of 65.
The other person is Maureen Manchouk, Chairman of the Public Service Commission.
The fifth person, according to top sources, should be appointed by May 19.