The High Court case in which former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell is challenging the right of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to oust him has been adjourned until October 18.
The case came up for hearing in the chambers of Justice Randall Worrell in the No.5 Supreme Court this morning.
However, after meeting for over an hour, the legal representatives for the two sides — Gregory Nicholls for the fired Governor and Deputy Solicitor General Donna Brathwaite for the minister — were given certain timelines by the judge to file the necessary documents for affidavits and pleadings in preparation for trial.
Back in February Sinckler, at the insistence of other members of the board of the monetary authority, reportedly met with Worrell informing him that his services were no longer needed, and gave the then Governor a date by which to resign or face being sacked.
However, that ultimatum was met with defiance on the part of Worrell, who immediately embarked upon legal action by first getting a temporary injunction from the High Court, barring Sinckler and the six-member board from taking any further action to dispose of him until the court could be satisfied that there were reasonable grounds for removing him.
At an emergency sitting of the High Court the judge granted a temporary injunction, which was lifted days later, paving the way for Worrell’s dismissal.
In the months leading up to his ouster, Worrell and the Minister of Finance had been at odds over the printing of money and the need for more fiscal restructuring. He had also faced accusations of excessive spending and challenges in relation to his general administration of the bank.
Nicholls had argued that his client had fallen victim to abuse of power on the part of the minister, and that Worrell had done nothing wrong, was not guilty of an act of serious misconduct, nor had he proven himself incapable of carrying out his functions; therefore there was no reason for his dismissal.
The 72-year-old Worrell had been serving in the post for nearly eight years, following his appointment back in 2009.