The President of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona has stated that the appointment of Gillian Lucky as a judge was without controversy.
Mr. Carmona yesterday sought to remove any perception there was a cloud over the Ms. Lucky’s appointment.
He also took ‘The Newsday’ to task for yesterday’s front-page report headlined: “Storm Over Judge Gillian”.
He disclosed that contrary to what was written in the article, no member of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) came to see him, or even attempted to meet with him, to express concerns over the appointment of Lucky.
Lucky presented her instrument of resignation as director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to the President on Monday, in readiness to take up a judgeship.
In a statement yesterday, the President categorically and “unequivocally” denied any meeting with any member of the JLSC on this issue.
The President went further, saying the Newsday article which alleged there was such a meeting had crossed the line and had sought to undermine and bring into disrepute both the JLSC and the Office of the President.
The President also refuted the contention in the same article he was being “lobbied” to appoint David West, former head of the Central Authority, for the PCA position, which is now vacant.