Suspended Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin has to wait yet again for his court case against the Police Service Commission and the Governor-General to get going.
The start of presentation of arguments in the injunction matter was adjourned — without discussion — for the third time, when the parties met this morning before High Court Justice, Margaret Reifer.
Legal sources close to the case, which was heard in chambers, declined to say why it was put back once more. The new date is now Tuesday morning. This issue is now before the court because Dottin, through his attorney, Elliott Mottley, Queen’s Counsel, is asking the tribunal to reinstate him as commissioner and to restrain the enquiry which the PSC intends to carry out.
In a letter to Dottin dated June 17, 2013, the Police Service Commission had advised the Governor-General to send the top cop on leave, pending his enforced retirement in the “public interest”.
When the parties to the case first met three weeks ago, Justice Reifer had granted the State time to file affidavits and prepare for their arguments to begin on June 28. However, the proceeding was again adjourned until this morning, because “the other side (the State) was not ready”, explained one of the senior attorneys in the high-powered team representing Dottin.
Queen’s Counsel Leslie Haynes along with Stuart Mottley are on the team.
The State, it is understood, is being represented by the Solicitor-General’s Office, while the case for the Police Service Commission is being handled by Queen’s Counsels, Pat Cheltenham and Hal Gollop, assisted by Marsha Lougheed Page. (EJ)