Alleyne rubbishes claims he was not interested in Chief Justice post


Did Sir Brian Alleyne, as then Acting Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court indicate that he was not interested in the substantive post of Chief Justice.

That’s what Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has been telling reporters.

At a news conference on Monday, PM SKerrit said Dominica had been prepared to back Sir Brian’s candidacy for the position.

He was responding to media queries about his suggestion that there was no political influence in the judiciary in the sub-region.

“There’s absolutely no political involvement in the courts in our jurisdiction,” the prime minister said.

Prime Minister Skerrit was reminded that Sir Brian remained Acting in the post of Chief Justice, allegedly because Grenada, and more specifically then Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, stood in the way of him being confirmed in the position.

“Sir Brian had indicated to us that he had no interest in being appointed in the post, at a meeting, that’s before Grenada indicated its objection,” PM Skerrit insisted when taken up on that matter by a DNO reporter.

“That is a fact, you can consult other prime ministers if you wish.  As prime minister at the time I would have loved to have a Dominican as head of the OECS Supreme Court,” the Dominican leader told reporters.

However Sir Brian Alleyne has rubbished PM Skerrit’s claims.

The former jurist said he was available for the position, once he realized that the man who held the substantive post, Sir Dennis Byron, was no longer returning to the position and the acting position that he Sir Brian held could be turned into a more permanent arrangement.

He denied categorically telling OECS heads of government that he was not interested in the position of Chief Justice.

Sir Brian also told DNO that while he could not say that Grenada’s objection to him being made chief justice was THE stumbling block, he had had occasional conversations with then Grenada prime minister Keith Mitchel who made it clear on those occasions that he was not happy with some of the decisions Sir Brian had taken while serving as a judge in Grenada.

Sir Brian served as acting Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court from 2005 to 2007.

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  1. moi cheri coukot
    March 28, 2012

    uhhmmm excuse me is “RUBBISHES” a word..???

  2. kalinago
    March 28, 2012


  3. Tell me
    March 28, 2012

    When did “rubbish” become a verb? I could not pass this headline to venture to read this article.

    • Cerberus
      March 28, 2012

      I can’t tell you when it became a verb but it definitely is listed as such in the Oxford English Dictionary, meaning:”to criticize and reject as worthless”. If you are in the U.S.A. you may not be familiar with the usage of the word in this form.

      • Tell me
        March 30, 2012

        Even if that were the case the usage here is still misplaced.

  4. Critical
    March 28, 2012

    I believe Skerrit anytime. Brian is a politician and is too bias to be Chief Justice. Let him follow his UWPites. Skerrit stay firm. Have no fear! Mamo was right.

  5. john paul
    March 28, 2012

    Can one Love Kadaffi and still love Democracy ?
    Can One love Kadaffi and still be the PM of a Democracy ?
    Who are the People in such a Democracy ?
    The Tongue of a serpent is forked !Some Politicians can talk out of either side of their mouth !

      March 28, 2012

      Can you be the leader of the free world and bombs the hell out of innocent citizens. How can you be a soldier promoting peace and kill 17 innocent kids

      Who is this John Paul who writes all this gabbage?

  6. skerit contradicts
    March 28, 2012

    Skerrit contradicts himself in this very article:
    ““There’s absolutely no political involvement in the courts in our jurisdiction,” the prime minister said
    ““Sir Brian had indicated to us that he had no interest in being appointed in the post, at a meeting, that’s before Grenada indicated its objection,” PM Skerrit insisted

    • original stupes
      March 28, 2012

      all government head must agree to have the nominee appointed permanently to the post who else you think appoints the chief justice you and your brohers ans sisters????? having the authority to appoint does not mean that their is political inteference thats is two differnt issues ghost. please.

    • original stupes
      March 28, 2012

      the PM SAYS THAt the reportes could contact other heads of Government why dont we all ask DNO to contact other PM s in the region to get their view beofere we all try to hanf our PM for being open. Were we at the discussions when this issue was on the tabke NO, BUT we want to say the PM is a liar becuase brian allyne denies it lets get the reporters to do their jobs and get us other lesders comments on that issue then we all can have a healthy debate.

  7. justice saucepan
    March 27, 2012

    did prime minister say that :?: did sir responds :mrgreen: qui moun qui ka mantie :?: :?: :?: :oops:

  8. Si
    March 27, 2012

    Sir Brain just continue ti pray for skerrit….tell him the longest road has a ben d and the longest rope has an end,,,,,this too shall past…no lies can live forever.

  9. Observer
    March 27, 2012

    Where are going with that? Will it bring down Skerrit? Those who think so better thonk again. We all know that most of those who today are championing Brian’s cause as a pillar of what is right and never wrong were the very same ones who quoted Mamo over and over again when she worked tirelessly to prevent Brian from becoming Prime Minister. How strange human beings are.

    • Dayandnightvision
      March 28, 2012


  10. One Stone
    March 27, 2012

    DNO said the question was raised in a press conference where a reporter ask the prime minister the question. Should he or shouldn’t he answer to what he think or know? I can’t see what all the fuss is about.

    • Josh Shaw
      March 27, 2012

      Really? Anyway papa zor modie Domnic pap!!!

  11. simple mind
    March 27, 2012

    Why should the PM stand so far from the truth?Sir Brian should quote the chief of police;one word,:”utter rubbish”

  12. Chien lawe
    March 27, 2012

    All the heads knew he would not be fair and unbiased in his decisions.

  13. Not a herd follower
    March 27, 2012

    Skerrit, leave our Sir Brian alone! Why you trying to pick a fight with him? Is it because he puts you to shame by his demeanor, his humility, his honesty and his commitment to do what is right and fair and to put country first? Is it because he cannot be bought by you and is not afraid to speak out against wrong in the country?

    • VIVA 1979!!
      March 28, 2012


  14. March 27, 2012

    sir Brian should not stoop to that level and engage this man.

    • Mama Eugenia
      March 27, 2012

      Miss Charles knew best. If only she was still alive! We know what would she have said.

  15. rasterman
    March 27, 2012

    this is Prime Minister Skerrit just saying what he want

  16. Anonymous
    March 27, 2012

    well the pm always in “jouboom”..yes sah

  17. Jude Nicholas
    March 27, 2012

    I did not expect Sir Brian to say differently

    • Met Yo
      March 27, 2012

      and Skerrit does not expect anything different from people like you…LOL

      Can’t believe you people still go around believing this guy…. 8-O

  18. Pedro
    March 27, 2012

    Another LIE

  19. Mr. Gouty
    March 27, 2012

    Sir brian is thee only straight forward dominican we can find in pulic life to day and i think mr. james should have sir. brian on thee uwp train. bcuz dominica is in bad hands.

  20. judy
    March 27, 2012

    i beleive brian

  21. forreal
    March 27, 2012

    brian go always be a freedomite,skerrit eh no dat,you can not cast pearls before swine.

    • Cerberus
      March 28, 2012

      You seem to forget that mr. Skerrit was part of the the Dominica Freedom Party himself when he was a member of its youth arm, the Young Freedom Movement and before he was “induced” by Rosie Douglas to swop his allegiance. Anyway, what is really breathtaking is the blithe arrogance that suggests that he knows better what was in Sir Brian’s mind than Sir Brian himself!

  22. Bull Crap
    March 27, 2012

    I believe Sire Brain, the man was in the position as acting why would he not be interested in it as a permanent. who in their right mind want a acting position but then its becomes available says they don’t want it..I mean come one. anyone with a tiny bit of common sense would know that was not true.

    Saying the man was not intrested. Pleaaaseeee

  23. My2Sense
    March 27, 2012

    Why is this even a news item?

  24. Tiger
    March 27, 2012

    How could there be no political interference when in every juristiction the politicians of the day are the ones responsible for the apppointment of judges.

    • john paul
      March 28, 2012

      That is the very question I was asking myself as if the Pee Mmms are so pure they can seperate politics from the appointment.I see that over and over in this system .No wonder they refer to themselves as “Honourable” Only the Hounourable could act in such a way .Is there hounour among thieves these days?

    • Fairplay
      March 28, 2012

      That is how it is all around the world!!!

  25. gooseberry
    March 27, 2012

    skerrit again

    • Met Yo
      March 27, 2012

      same thing I say…but my post eh approve yet papa…

    • ??
      March 27, 2012

      Brian again….Moo-Moo talking.

  26. rebel
    March 27, 2012

    i believe sir Brian

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