Opposition Leader David Granger refuses to support the confirmation of Chancellor Carl Singh & Chief Justice Ian Chang – 3rd June 2013
Under the constitution, the President must consult with the Opposition Leader on the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice. During a recent meeting with the opposition leader David Granger, President Donald Ramotar made known his intentions to confirm acting Chancellor Carl Singh and the Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang.
Both men have have been acting for several years.
Singh is the country’s substantive Chief Justice, but when he was called to be acting Chnacellor, Chang was called to act as Chief Justice. Chang is a substantive Court of Appeal judge.
Attorney General Anil Nandlall said that the confirmation of Singh and Chang are long overdue as the men have served with distinction.
He said the ruling PPP is deeply concerned that the opposition leader has withheld his support for the confirmation of the two men.
Nandlall said that Granger has not “advanced” any reasons for withholding his support.
He said that the move to confirm Singh and Chang are not new, since former President Bharrat Jagdeo was in discussions with then Opposition Leader Robert Corbin on the issue.
Despite the objections by Granger, Nandlall said both Singh and Chang have security of tenure, given the positions they hold of Chief Justice and Court of Appeal judge, respectively.
This newscast understands that Granger is in favour of shifting the way the Chief Justice and the Chancellor are appointed, namely that their positions be advertised and they go through a system of selection