Court decision against prison authorities stands

By order of High Court Judge Sonia Richards, the Prison Officers Association (POA) is to be allowed back into its office at HMP Dodds by tomorrow.

This after Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson today refused to grant a stay of Richards’ ruling after hearing an appeal brought by Government.

Last week Richards ordered that the association’s property be returned to its executive by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and that it be given appropriate accommodation to run its business, after the POA took the Superintendent of Prisons, the Attorney General and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs to court.

However, Principal Crown Counsel Anika Jackson and Crown Counsel Deidre Gay-McKenna sought to have the ruling overturned.

In affidavits filed in the Supreme Court last week they argued that decision deprived the prison’s Superintendent Colonel John Nurse of the right to be heard and granted relief to the claimants in substantive issues still to be tried.

The Crown also urged the Court of Appeal to set aside or vary the judge’s decision, which they argued was a final order instead of an interim one.

However, Sir Marston  today refused the application for the stay of execution and sent the matter back to the High Court.

The POA is being represented by attorney-at-law Gregory Nicholls.

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