Powers of Public Service Commission tested

The powers of the Public Service Commission in reviewing decisions of the Public Solicitor will be tested in the Supreme Court through a special reference.

The reference, filed by the Acting Public Solicitor on 19 July, will question the powers of the Public Service Commission, if it has jurisdiction under section 191 of the Constitution to review any decision of the Public Solicitor or an officer or employee of the Public Solicitor’s office.

It was filed following the dismissal of one of its officers in August last year, who was later reinstated by the Public Service Commission on 22 June 2018 after a review.

The officer was dismissed after charged and suspended over serious allegations of soliciting legal fees and abusing his position. 

The reference will go for directions at a later date.

Sally Pokiton