Gary Griffith

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith 

The Commissioner of Police has been subpoenaed to appear before the Port of Spain High Court next week.

This came last Friday before Justice Ricky Rahim during contempt of court proceedings filed on behalf of a police constable who is awaiting consideration for promotion.

Lawyers for Constable Ramdath Phillip filed the contempt proceedings after the Police Service Promotion Advisory Board’s failure to consider him following an order made by Rahim last December.

Phillip joined the Police Service in February 2003 and completed his Bachelor’s degree in law with the University of London in 2007. In 2010, he was called to the Bar and was promoted to the post of a legal officer in the Police Service. He has also served as a prosecutor in the court.

Phillip’s attorneys, Anand Ramlogan SC, Chelsea Stewart and Robert Abdool-Mitchell, contended that a 2007 Departmental Order, put into effect by the Commissioner of Police, advised that officers would be exempted from writing any further promotional examination and be awarded the maximum 35 points as long as they graduated with an LLB degree from an institution recognized by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago.

Phillip, however, received correspondence in 2014 that he would not be exempted. It stated that he did not apply before the deadline of July 29, 2010. He notified that he was not aware of the deadline and that he was being unfairly treated.

However, he wrote the promotional examination and was successful.

In 2017, he filed for judicial review and in December 2018 Rahim granted a declaration that the decision not to exempt Phillip was unfair, irrational and in breach of the principles of natural justice.

Rahim mandated the Police Service Promotion Advisory Board to award Phillip the maximum 35 points and consider him for promotion.

This remained undone and in September of this year, his attorneys filed contempt of court proceedings.

Last Friday, during the first hearing of these proceedings, Rahim, after reading the documentations and affidavits and hearing from attorneys for both sides, ordered that a subpoena be issued to the Commissioner of Police to appear before the Port of Spain High Court.

The contempt of court proceedings will also be heard on that day.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

The current shutdown of non-essen­tial businesses and other restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 can “possibly” be exten­ded beyond April 15.

So said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday as he lamented that Trinidad and Tobago’s COVID-19 situation is expected to wor­sen in the coming weeks.

BARS, private members clubs, ­casinos, gaming and betting facilities and cinemas will remain closed until April 30.

This according to a new Regulation—The Public Health Novel Coronavirus No 7 Regulation, which was released yesterday and which extends the prohibition on certain activities from April 15 to April 30.

AT least four people born in Trinidad and Tobago have died from complications relating to coronavirus disease COVID-19 in New York, a US state now considered the global epicentre of the pandemic.

WALKING to the grocery, fast food outlet or work is fine, but sitting down in public just watching the world go by will result in a stern talking to by the police and they will not leave until you get up.