AG Chamber wants Appellant Tribunal Chairman recuse self in Pritma Kisoon’s case

On Wednesday 4th April, 2018 the Public Service Appellate Tribunal heard the application filed by former Deputy Solicitor General of the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Ms. Prithima Kissoon filed on the 7th March, 2018 which she alleged that she was wrongfully terminated by the Public Service Commission in breach of her right to a fair hearing and rules of natural justice.

Former Justice of Appeal Mr. Nandram Kissoon who is Chairman of the Public Service Appellate Tribunal (PSAT) and a family member of Ms. Kissoon presided over the proceedings.

Ms. Oneka Archer-Caulder and Judy Stuart-Adonis, representing the State made an application that the Chairman, Mr.  Nandram Kissoon and uncle to the Appellant (Prithima Kissoon) do recuse himself on the grounds of bias.

Mr. Kissoon who acknowledged that he is indeed a family member of the Appellant nonetheless insisted the State file an affidavit in answer with submissions addressing the issue of bias. The matter comes up for hearing again on April 24th, 2018 at 2:30 pm.

It is worth noting that Ms. Prithima Kissoon filed proceedings, not so long ago, in October, 2017, in the High Court for the identical reliefs as those in which she is currently seeking before the Appellate Tribunal. Premised on this fact, Ms. Archer-Caulder expressed her concern to the Tribunal that appears that the Appellant may be forum shopping. Ms. Kissoon was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Nigel Hughes.

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