Sakora case: State given time to file appearance

The Tribunal and the State are yet to indicate whether they will be parties to the Supreme Court Reference that is to interpret six constitutional questions over the appointment of a judge’s tribunal.

The six constitutional questions were referred to the Supreme Court for interpretation last month to query the manner in which the Judicial Legal Service Commission appointed a tribunal, chaired by Justice Sir Bruce Robertson, to investigate if there are grounds to remove Justice Sir Bernard Sakora from his office.

The matter came for directions hearing where the Supreme Court gave the Tribunal and the state until November 3 to file notice of their appearance.

Only the Judicial Legal Service Commission is being represented in this reference.

The case will return next month.

One of the questions referred for the Supreme Court’s interpretation is whether the JLSC meeting minutes of April 19 and June 1 of this year constitute the commission’s statement of reasons for its appointment.

The tribunal was set up by Judicial Legal Service Commission (JLSC) to investigate and report to the JLSC if Justice Sir Bernard Sakora should be removed from the Office of a Judge.

The subject matter of investigation is over 50 delayed judgments in which Sir Bernard’s cases were heard and reserved for decisions.

The tribunal had been adjourned pending the interpretation of the questions by the Supreme Court.

Sally Pokiton