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Sir James awaits judgement by Privy Council on appeal of Ottley Hall Inquiry matter

Sir James awaits judgement by Privy Council on appeal of Ottley Hall Inquiry matter

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The case which former Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell has brought against Commissioner of the Ottley Hall Commission of Inquiry Ephraim Georges was heard in London before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on Monday, November 17.

Sir James {{more}}appealed to the Privy Council, claiming apparent bias and procedural unfairness by the Commissioner of the Inquiry Ephraim Georges.

The former prime minister had first applied to the High Court for judicial review of an interim report issued by Georges which contained adverse findings about him. The High Court dismissed his application and when Sir James appealed, the East Caribbean Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the High Court judge.

Justices Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption and Lord Hughes of the Privy Council adjudicated the matter.

The Ottley Hall Inquiry has been at a standstill since 2007, when Georges issued the interim report and called on Sir James to appear before the Commission as a witness.

Sir James was represented at the Privy Council by Ramesh Maharaj and his daughter Louise Mitchell-Joseph.

Judgement will be delivered in a few months time.

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