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Judge’s call

Darwin Dottin (left) leaving court with lawyers this afternoon.

Darwin Dottin (left) leaving court with lawyers this afternoon.

It is now over to the presiding judge in the injunction case brought by suspended Police Commissioner, Darwin Dottin, against Governor-General Sir Elliott Belgrave and the Police Service Commission.

Today, all the parties to the matter completed their replies to earlier arguments. Yesterday, Queen’s Counsel for the PSC, Patterson Cheltenham presented new material to the case and today, the lawyers for Dottin submitted a new affidavit to the court.

The court, being held in chambers before Madame Justice Margaret Reifer, honoured a request by the PSC for time to study the affidavit. It was after a short adjournment that the court resumed and heard a reply from Cheltenham.

When the teams of attorneys along with Dottin finally emerged from the closed-door hearing, they were generally tight-lip, with one senior counsel only saying all the arguments had been completed and “everybody had done what they were supposed to do”.

Some of them also told Barbados TODAY the case was adjourned until a date to be fixed and that the judge had now gone on leave.

Dottin, through his lawyers, is asking the court to reinstate their client, who, on the advice of the Police Service Commission, was sent on administrative leave by the Governor-General. The PSC had also recommended that Dottin be retired “in the public interest”.

The claimant is also urging the tribunal to constrain the Police Service Commission from carrying an enquiry which it intended to do. After hearing all sides on the issue, the judge is to decide whether she would approve the application for the injunction.

If it is allowed, the substantive case would then be held at a later date. Meanwhile, the court in the injunction case brought against the Commissioner of Police by Acting Deputy Seymour Cumberbatch is understood to have ordered a halt to all interviews for the substantive post of deputy until all matters are heard.

Cumberbatch was in court today with his lawyer, Ralph Thorne, Queen’s Counsel where the application was dealt with. (EJ)

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