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Hunt for new head

gov’t looking to fill parliamentary counsel post

Government has started a search for a new Chief Parliamentary Counsel.

The individual, who will replace longstanding office holder Shirley Bell, QC, will be in charge of preparing legislation for Government advising on related issues and other responsibilities.

An 15, 2013 circular from the Chief Personnel Officer to Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments advised the senior civil service vacancy.

To qualify for the job applicants will have to be attorneys-at-law of not less than 10 years’ standing “and not less than seven years’ experience in the drafting of legislation”.

The new office holder will make more than $12, 000 a month, plus allowances.

“The appointment is permanent, pensionable and is subject to medical fitness and a probationary period of one year, except in the case of serving officers,” the circular stated.

“The selection process will be based on merit and may involve interviews oral or written tests, or any other method of selection approved by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.

“Only suitably qualified applicants will be considered for selection. A Priority List arising out of the selection process, and approved by the appointing authority, will be valid for a period of two years in keep with Section 6 of the First Schedule of the Recruitment and Employment Code of the Public Service Act,” it added.

In addition to leading the drafting of the island’s laws and advising on related matters, the new CPC will have a number of other responsibilities.

This included drafting bills and statutory instruments on the instructions of ministries and government departments, conducting research and giving legal opinions and advice on matters connected to existing legislation, updating the island’s laws, and supervising Parliamentary Counsels and Crowns Counsels within their department at the Attorney’s General’s Office. (SC)

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