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CHAPTER VI

THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Part 1

The Public Service Commission

85.- Public Service Commission

(1) There shall be a Public Service Commission for Saint Lucia (hereinafter in this section referred to as the Commission ) which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two nor more than four other members, who shall be appointed by the Governor-General, acting accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister;

Provided that the Prime Minister shall consult the Leader of the Opposition before tendering any advice to the Governor-General for the purposes of this subsection.

(2) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed as a member of the Commission if-

a) he is a Senator or a member of the House;

b) he is, or has at any time during the three years preceding his appointment been, a judge of the Supreme Court or a public officer.

(3) A member of the Commission shall not, within the period of three years commencing with the day on which he last held or acted in the office or member of the Commission, be eligible for appointment to or to act in any public office.

(4) Subject to the provisions for this section, the office of a member of the Commission shall become vacant-

a) at the expiration of three years from the date of his appointment; or

b) if any circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Commission, would cause him to be disqualified to be appointed as such under subsection (2) of this section.

(5) A member of the Commission may be removed from office only for inability to exercise the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(6) A member of the Commission shall be removed from office by the Governor-General if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under subsection (7) of this section and the tribunal has recommended to the Governor-General that he ought to be removed from office for inability as aforesaid of for misbehaviour.

(7) If the Prime Minister represents to the Governor-General that the question of removing a member of the Commission under this section ought to be investigated then-

a) the Governor-general shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two other members, selected by the Chief Justice from among persons who hold or have held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters income part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court; and

b) the tribunal shall enquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof to the Governor-general and recommend to him whether the member ought to be removed under this section.

(8) If the question of removing a members of the Commission has been referred to a tribunal under this section, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, may suspend that member from the exercise of the functions of his office and any such suspensions may at any time be revoked by the Governor-general, acting in accordance with such advice as aforesaid, and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal recommends to the Governor-general that member should not be removed.

(9) If the office of chairman of the Commission is vacant or if the holder of that office is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his office, then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of that office or until the person holding that office has resumed those functions, as the case may be, they shall be exercised by such other member so the Commission as may for the time being be designated by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister.

(10) If at any time there are less than two members of the Commission besides the chairman or if any such member is acting as chairman or is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his office, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, may appoint a person who is qualified to be appointed as a member of the Commission to act as a member, and any person so appointed shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (4) of this section continue to act until the office in which he is acting has been filled or, as the case may be, until the holder thereof has resumed his functions or until his appointment to act has been revoked by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister.

(11) A member of the Commission shall not enter upon the duties of his office until he has taken and subscribed the oath of allegiance and the oath of office.

(12) The Commission shall, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution, not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.

(13) The Commission may be regulation or otherwise regulate its own procedure and, with the consent of the Prime Minister, may confer powers or impose duties on any public officer or on any authority of the Government for the purpose of the exercise of its functions.

(14) The Commission may, subject to its rules of procedure, act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership or the absence of any members and its proceedings shall not be invalidated by the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present at or to participate in those proceedings:

Provided that any decision of the Commissions hall require the concurrence of a majority of all its members.

86.- Appointment etc. of public officers

(1) The power to appoint persons to hold or act in offices in the public service (including the power to confirm appointments), and, subject to the provisions of section 96 of this Constitution, the power to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices and the power to remove such persons from office shall vest in the Public Service Commission.

(2) The public Service Commission may, by directions in writing and subject to such conditions as it thinks fit, delegate any of its powers under subsection (1) of this section to any one or more members of the Commission or, with the consent of the Prime Minister, to any public officer.

(3) The provisions of this section shall not apply in relation to the following offices, that is to say-

a) any office to which section 87 of this Constitution applies;

b) the office of Chief Elections Officer;

c) the office of Director of Public Prosecutions;

d) the office of Director of Audit;

e) any office to which section 91, 93 or 94 of this Constitution applies.

(4) No person shall be appointed under this section to or to act in any office on the Governor-General's personal staff except with the concurrence of the Governor-General, acting in his own deliberate judgment.

(5) Before any of the powers conferred by this section are exercised by the Public Service Commission or any other person or authority in relation to the Clerk of the Senate or the Clerk of the House or a member of their staff, the Commission or that person or authority shall consult with the President or the Speaker, as the case may be.

(6) Before any of the powers conferred by this section are exercised by the Public Service Commission or any other person or authority in relation to a members of the staff of the Parliamentary Commissioner or the Chief Elections Officer, the Commission or that person or authority shall consult with the Commissioner or ,as the case may be, the Officer.

(7) A public officer shall not be removed from office or subject to any other punishment under this section on the grounds of any act done or omitted by him in the exercise of a judicial function conferred on him unless the Judicial and Legal Services Commission concurs therein.

Part 2

Appointments, etc., to particular offices

87.- Appointment, etc., of permanent secretaries and certain other officers

(1) This section applies to the offices of Secretary to the Cabinet, permanent secretary, head of a department of government, deputy head of a department of government, any office for the time being designated by the Public Service Commission as an office of a chief professional adviser to a department of government and any office for the time being designate by the Commission, after consultation with the Prime Minister, as an office the holders of which are required to reside outside Saint Lucia for the proper discharge of their functions or as an office in Saint Lucia whose functions relate to external affairs.

(2) The power to appoint person to hold or to act in offices to which this section applies (including the power to confirm appointments) and, subject to the provisions of section 96 of this Constitution, the power to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices and the power to remove such persons from office shall vest in the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission:

Provided that-

a) the power to appoint a person to hold or act in an office of permanent secretary on transfer from another such office carrying the same salary shall vest in the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister;

b) before the Public Service Commission tenders advice to the Governor-General with respect to the appointment of any person to hold an office to which this section applies (other than an appointment to an office of permanent secretary on transfer from another such office carrying the same salary) it shall consult with the Prime Minister and if the Prime Minister signifies his objection to the appointment of any person to the office, the Commission shall not advise the Governor-General to appoint that person;

c) in relation to any office of Ambassador, High Commissioner or other principal representative of Saint Lucia in any other country or accredited to any international organization the Governor-General shall act in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, who shall, before tendering any such advice in respect of any person who holds any public office to which appointments are made by the Governor-General on the advice of or after consultation with some other person or authority, consult that person or authority.

(3) References in this section to a department of government shall not include the office of the Governor-General, the department of the Attorney-General, the department of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the department of the Director of Audit, the department of the Parliamentary Commissioner, the department of the Chief Elections Officer or the Police Force.

88.- Chief Elections Officer

(1) The Chief Elections Officer (hereinafter in this section referred to as the Officer) shall be appointed by the Governor-General, acting after consultation with the Electoral Commission.

(2) If the office of the Officer is vacant or if the holder of that office is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his office, the Governor-General, acting after consultation with the Electoral Commission, may appoint a person to act as Officer.

(3) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed to hold the office of the Officer unless he holds such qualifications (if any) as may be prescribed by parliament.

(4) A person appointed to act in the office of the Officer shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (5), (7) and (8) of this section, cease so to act-

a) when a person is appointed to hold that office and has assumed the functions thereof or, as the case may be, when the person in whose place he is acting resumes the functions of that office; or

b) at such earlier time as may be prescribed by the terms of his appointment.

(5) Subject to the provisions of subsection (6) of this section, the Officer shall vacate his office when he attains the prescribed age.

(6) A person holding the office of the Officer may be removed from office only for inability to exercise the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour and shall not e so removed except in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(7) The Officer shall be removed from office by the Governor-general if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under subsection (8) of this section and the tribunal has recommended to the Governor-General that he ought to be removed for inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.

(8) If the Governor-General, acting in his own deliberate judgment, considers that the question of removing the Officer under this section ought to be investigated, then-

a) The Governor-General shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two other members, selected by the Chief Justice from among persons who hold or have held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court; and

b) the tribunal shall enquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof the Governor-General and recommend to him whether the officer ought to be removed under this section.

(9) If the question of removing the office has been referred to a tribunal under this section, the Governor-general, acting in his own deliberate judgment, may suspend the Officer form the exercise of the functions of this office and any such suspension may at anytime be revoked by the Governor-General, acting as aforesaid, and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal recommends to the Governor-General that the Officer should not be removed.

(10) The prescribed age for the purpose of subsection (5) of this section is the age of fifty-five years or such other age as may be prescribed by Parliament;

Provided that any law enacted by Parliament, to the extent t which it alters the prescribe age after a person has been appointed to be of to act as Officer, shall not have effect in relation to that person unless he consents that it should have effect.

89.- Director of Public Prosecutions

(1) The Director of Public Prosecutions shall be appointed by the Governor-general, acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

(2) If the office of Director of Public Prosecutions is vacant of if the holder of that office is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his office, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, may appoint a person to act as Director.

(3) Before tendering advice for the purposes of subsection (1) or 82) of this section the Judicial and Legal Services Commission shall consult the Prime Minister.

(4) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed to hold the office of Director of Public Prosecutions unless he holds one of the specified qualifications and has held one or other of those qualifications for a total period of not less than seven years.

(5) A person appointed to act in the office of Director of Public Persecutions shall, subject to the provision of subsections (6), (8), (9) and (10) of this section, cease so to act-

a) when a person is appointed to hold that office ad has assumed the functions thereof or, as the case may be, when the person in whose place he is acting resumes the functions of that office; or

b) at such earlier time as may be prescribed by the terms of his appointment.

(6) Subject to the provisions of subsection (7) of this section, the Director of Public Prosecutions shall vacate his office when he attains the prescribed age.

(7) A person holding the office of Director of Public Prosecutions may be removed from office only for inability to exercise the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(8) he Director of Public Prosecutions shall be removed from office by the Governor-General if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under subsection (9) of his section and the tribunal has recommended to the Governor-General that he ought to be removed for inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.

(9) If the Prime Minister or the chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission represents to the Governor-General that the question of removing the Director of Public Prosecutions under his section ought to be investigated then-

a) the Governor-General shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two other members, selected by the Chief Justice from among persons who hold or have held office as a judge or a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court, and

b) the tribunal shall enquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof to the Governor-General and recommend to him whether the Director ought to be removed under this section.

(10) if the question of removing the Director of Public Prosecutions has been referred to a tribunal under this section, the Governor-general, acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, may suspend the Director from the exercise of the functions of his office and any such suspension may at any time be revoked by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with such advice as aforesaid, and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal recommends to the Governor-general that the Director should not be removed.

(11) The prescribed age for the purposes of subsection (6) of this section is the age of fifty-five years or such other age as may be prescribed by Parliament

Provided that any law enacted by Parliament, to the extent to which it alters the prescribed age after a person has been appointed to be or to act as Director of Public Prosecutions, shall not have effect in relation to that person unless he consents that it should have effect.

(12) The Judicial and Legal Services Commission shall consult the Prime Minister before it tenders any advice to the Governor-General under this section in its application to the Attorney-General by virtue of section 72(4) of this Constitution.

90.- Director of Audit

(1) The Director of Audit shall be appointed by the Governor-General acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission.

(2) If the office of Director of Audit is vacant or if the holder of that office is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his office the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission, may appoint a person to act as Director.

(3) Before tendering advice for the purposes of subsection (1) or subsection (2) of this section , the Public Service Commission shall consult the Prime Minister.

(4) A person appointed to act in the office and of Director of Audit shall, subject to the provisions of subsections (5), (7), (8) and (9) of this section, cease so to act-

a) when a person is appointed to hold that office and has assumed the functions thereof or, as the case may be, when the person in whose place he is acting resumes the functions of that office; or

b) at such earlier time as may be prescribed by the terms of his appointment.

(5) Subject to the provisions of subsection (7) of this section the Director of Audit shall vacate his office when he attains the prescribed age.

(6) A person holding the office of Director of Audit may be removed from office only for inability to exercise the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(7) The Director of Audit shall be removed from office by the Governor-General if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under subsection (8) of this subsection and the tribunal has recommended to the Governor-General that he ought to be removed for inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.

(8) If the Prime Minister or the chairman of the Public Service Commission represented to the Governor-General that the question of removing the Director of Audit under this section ought to be investigated -

a) the Governor-general shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two other members selected by the Chief Justice from among persons who hold or have held office as a judge or a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth of a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court; and

b) the tribunal shall enquire into the matter and report on the fact thereof to the Governor-General and recommend to him whether the Director ought to be removed under this section.

(9) If the question Of removing the Director of Audit has been referred to a tribunal under this section, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission, may suspend the Director from the exercise of the functions of his office and any such suspension may at any time be revoked by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with such advice as aforesaid and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal recommends to the Governor-General that the Director should not be removed.

(10) The prescribed age for the purposes of subsection (5) of the section is the age of fifty or such other age as may be prescribed by Parliament:

Provided that any law enacted by parliament, to the extent to which it alters the prescribed age after a person has been appointed to be or to act as Director of Audit, shall not have effect in relation to that person unless he consents that it should have effect.

91.- Appointment, etc., of magistrates, registrars and legal officers

(1) This section applies to the offices of magistrate, registrar of the High Court and assistant registrar of the High Court, to any public office in the department of the Attorney-General (other than the public office of Attorney-General) or in the department of the Parliamentary Commissioner, the department of the Chief Elections Office (other than the office of Officer) or the department of the Director of Public Prosecutions (other than the office of Director) for appointment which persons are required to hold one or other of the specific qualifications and such other offices connected with the courts parliament may prescribe.

(2) The power to appoint persons to hold or act in offices to which this section applies (including the power to confirm appointments) shall vest in the Judicial and Legal Services Commission:

(3) Subject to the provisions of section 96 of this Constitution the power to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding acting in offices to which this section applies and the power to remove such persons from office shall vest in the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.

Part 3

The Teaching Service Commission

92.- Teaching Service Commission

(1) There shall be a Teaching Service Commission for Saint Lucia (hereinafter in this section referred to as the Commission ) which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two nor more than for other member, who shall be appointed by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister:

provided that the Prime Minister shall consult the Leader of the Opposition before tendering any advice to the Governor-General for the purposes of this subsection.

(2) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed as a member of the Commission if-

a) he is a Senator or a member of the House;

b) he is, or has at any time during the three years preceding his appointment been, a judge of the Supreme Court or a public officer.

(3) A member of the Commission shall not, within the period of three years commencing with the day on which he last held or acted in the office on member of the Commission, be eligible for appointment to or to act in any public office.

(4) Subject to the provisions of this section, the office of a member of the Commission shall become vacant-

a) at the expiration of three years from the date of his appointment; or

b) if any circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Commission, would cause him to be disqualified to be appointed as such under subsection (2) of this section.

(5) A member of the Commission may be removed from office only for inability to exercise the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(6) A member of the Commission shall be removed from office by the Governor-General if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under subsection (7) of this section and the tribunal has recommended to the Governor-general that he ought to be removed for office for inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.

(7) If the Prime Minister represents to the Governor-General that the question of removing a member of the Commission under this section ought to be investigated, then-

a) the Governor-Genera shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two other member, selected by the Chief Justice from among persons who hold or have held office as judge or a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court; and

b) the tribunal shall enquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof to the Governor-General and recommend to him whether the member ought to be removed under this section.

(8) If the question of removing a member of the Commission has been referred to a tribunal under this section, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, may suspend that member from the exercise of the functions of his office and any such suspension may at any time be revoked by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with such advice as aforesaid, and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal recommends to the Governor-General that member should not be removed.

(9) If the office of chairman of the Commission is vacant or if the holder of that office is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of is office, then, until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of that office or until the person holding hat office has resumed those function , as the case may be, they shall be exercised by such other member of the Commission as may for the time being be designated by the Governor-general, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister.

(10) If at any time there are less than two members of the Commission besides the chairman or if any such member is acting as chairman or is for any reason unable to exercise the function of his office, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, may appoint a person who is qualified to be appointed as a member of the Commission to act as a member, and any person so member of the Commission to act as a member, and any person so appointed shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (4) of this section, continue to act until the office in which he is acting has been filled or, as the case may be, until the office in which he is acting has been filled or, as the case may be, until the holder thereof has resumed his functions or until his appointment to act has been revoked by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister.

(11) A member of the Commission shall not enter upon the duties of his office until he has taken and subscribed the oath of allegiance and the oath of office.

(12) The Commission shall, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution, not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.

(13) The Commission may by regulation or otherwise regulate its own procedure and, with the consent of the Prime Minister, may confer powers or impose duties on any public office or on any authority of the Government for the purpose of the exercise of its functions.

(14) The Commission may, subject to its rules of procedure, act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership or the absence of any member and its proceedings shall not be invalidated by the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present at or to participate in those proceedings:

provided that any decision of the Commission shall enquire the concurrence of a majority of all its members.

93.- Appointment, etc., of teachers

(1) The power to appoint persons to hold or act in offices to which this section applies (including the power to confirm appointments), and, subject to the provisions of section 96 of this Constitution, the power to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices and the power to remove such persons from office shall vest in the Teaching Service Commission.

(2) The Teaching Service Commission may, by directions in writing and subject to such conditions as it thinks fit delegate any of its powers under subsection (1) of this section to any one or more members of the Commission or, with the consent of the Prime Minister, to any public officer.

(3) This section applies to any office in the public service, the duties of which are wholly or mainly concerned with teaching in schools or with the administration of schools, not being an office to which section 87 of this Constitution applies.

Part 4

The Police

94.- Police Force

(1) The power to appoint a person to hold or act in the office of Commissioner of Police and, subject to the provision of section 96 of this Constitution, the power to remove the Commissioner from office shall rest in the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission.

Provided that before the Commission tenders advice to the Governor-General with respect to the appointment f any person to hold the office of Commissioner the Commission shall consult with the Prime Minister and if the Prime Minister signifies his objection to the appointment of any person to the office the Commission shall not advise the Governor-general to appoint that person.

(2) The power to appoint persons to hold or act in office in the Police Force below the rank of Commissioner of Police but above the rank of Inspector (Including the power to confirm appointments), and, subject to the provisions of section 96 of this Constitution ,the power to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices and the power to remove such persons from office shall vest in the Public Service Commission.

(3) The power to appoint persons to hold or act in offices in the Police Force of or below the rank of Inspector (including the power to confirm appointments), and, subject to the provisions of section 96 of this Constitution, the power to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices and the power to remove such persons from office shall vest in the Commissioner of Police.

(4) The Commissioner of Police may, by directions give in such manner as he thinks fit and subject to such conditions as he thinks fit delegate any of his powers under subsection 83) of this section to any other member of the Police Force.

(5) A police office shall not be removed from office or subjected to any other punishment under his section on the grounds of any act done or omitted by him in the exercise of any judicial function conferred on him unless the Judicial and Legal Services Commission concurs therein.

(6) IN this section references to the rank of Inspector shall, if the ranks within the Police Force are altered (whether in consequence of the reorganization or replacement of any existing part of the Force or the creation of an additional part) be construed as references to such rank or ranks as may be specified by the Public Service Commission by order published in the Official Gazette, being a rank or ranks that in the opinion of the Commission most nearly correspond to the rank of Inspector as it existed before the alteration.

Part 5

The Public Service Board of Appeal

95.- Public Service Board of Appeal

(1) There shall be a Public Service Board of Appeal for Saint Lucia (hereinafter in this section and in section 96 of this Constitution referred to as the Board) which shall consist of-

a) one member appointed by the Governor-General, acting in his own deliberate judgment, who shall be chairman;

b) one member appointed by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister; and

c) two members appointed by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the appropriate representative bodies.

(2) A person shall not be qualified for appointment as a member of the Board if he is a Senator or a member of the House and a person shall not be qualified for appointment under paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of this section unless he is or has been a public office.

(3) Subject to the provisions of this section, the office of a member of the Board shall become vacant-

a) at the expiration of three years from the date of his appointment; or

b) if any circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Board, would cause him to be disqualified to be appointed as such under subsection 82) of this section.

(4) A member of the Board may be removed from office only for inability to exercise the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provision of this section.

(5) A member of the Board shall be remove from office by the Governor-general if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under subsection 86) of this section and the tribunal has recommended to the Governor-general that he ought to be removed from office for inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.

(6) If the Governor-general considers that the question of removing a member of the Board under this section ought to be investigated, then-

a) the Governor-General shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a chairman and not less than two other members, selected by the Chief Justice from among persons who hold or have held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or of a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court; and

b) the tribunal shall enquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof to the Governor-General and recommend to him whether the member ought to be removed under this section.

(7) If the question of removing a member of the Board has been referred to a tribunal under this section, the Governor-General may suspend that member from the exercise of the functions of his office and any such suspension may at any time be revoked by the Governor-General and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal recommends to the Governor-general that member should not be removed.

(8) If at any time any member of the Board is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his office, the Governor-General may appoint a person who is qualified to be appointed as a member of the Board to act as a member, and any person so appointed shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (4) of this section, continue to act until the holder thereof has resumed his functions or until his appointment to act has been revoked by the Governor-General.

(9) In the exercise of the powers conferred upon him by subsections (6), (7) and (8) of this section the Governor-General shall, in the case of a member of the Board appointed under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section, act in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister and shall in any other case act in his own deliberate judgment.

(10) The Board shall, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution, not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.

(11) In this section " the appropriate representative bodies" means the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association and the Police Association or such other bodies as may be designated by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, as representing the interest of public officers and of members of the Police Force.

96.- Appeals in discipline cases

(1) This section applies to-

a) any decision of the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission, or any decision of the Public Service Commission, or any decision of the Public Service Commission or of the Teaching Service Commission, to remove a public officer from office or to exercise disciplinary control over a public officer (including a decision made on appeal from or confirming a decision of any person to whom powers are delegated under section 86(29 or 93(2) of this Constitution);

b) any decision of any person to whom powers are delegated under section 86(2) or 93(2) of this Constitution to remove a public officer from office or to exercise disciplinary control over a public officer (not being a decision which is subject to appeal to confirmation by the Public Service Commission or the Teaching Service Commission);

c) if it is so provided by parliament, any decision f the Commissioner of Police under subsection (3) of section 94 of this Constitution, or of a person to whom powers are delegate under subsection (4) of that section, to remove a police officer from office or to exercise disciplinary control over a police officer;

d) such decisions with respect to the discipline of any military, naval or air force of Saint Lucia as may be prescribed by Parliament.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this section, and appeal shall lie to the Board from any decision to which this section apples at the instance of the public officer or member of the naval, military or air force in respect of whom the decision is made:

provided that in the case of any such decision as is referred to in subsection (1)(c) of this section, an appeal shall lie in the first instance to the Commissioner of Police if it is so provided by Parliament or, if it is not so provided, if the Commissioner so requires.

(3) Upon an appeal under this section the Board may affirm or set aside the decision appealed against or may make any other decision which the authority or person from whom the appeal lies could have made.

(4) Every decision of the Board shall require the concurrence of a majority of all its members.

(5) Subject to the provisions of subsection (4) of this section, the Board may be regulation make provision for-

a) the procedure of the Board;

b) the procedure in appeals under this section; or

c) excepting from the provisions of subsection (2) of this section decisions in respect of public officers holding offices whose emoluments do not exceed such sum as may be prescribed by the regulations or such decisions to exercise disciplinary control, other than decisions to remove from office, as may be so prescribed.

(6) Regulations made under this section may, with the consent of the Prime Minister, confer powers or impose duties on any public officer or any authority of the Government for the purpose of the exercise of the functions of the Board.

(7) The Board may, subject to the provisions of this section and to its rules of procedure, act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership or the absence of any member.

Part 6

Pensions

97.- Pensions laws and protection of pension rights

(1) The law to be applied with respect to any persons benefits that were granted to any person before the commencement of this Constitution shall be the law that was in force at the date on which those benefits were granted or any law in force at a later date that is not less favourable to that person.

(2) The law to be applied with respect to any persons benefits (not being benefits to which subsection (1) of this section applies) shall-

a) in so far as those benefits are wholly in respect of a period of service as a judge or officer of the Supreme Court or a public officer that commenced before the commencement of this Constitution, be the law that was in force at such commencement; and

b) in so far as those benefits are wholly or partly in respect of a period of service as a judge or officer of the Supreme Court or a public office that commenced after the commencement of this Constitution, be the law in force on the date on which that period of service commenced,

or any law in force at a later date that is not less favourable to that person.

(3) Where a person is entitled to exercise an option as to which of two or more laws shall apply in his case the law for which he opts shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be more favourable to him than the other law or laws.

(4) All persons benefits shall (except to the extent that they are by law charged upon and duly paid out of some other fund) be a charge on the Consolidated Fund.

(5) In this section "pensions benefits" means any pension, compensation, gratuities or other like allowance for persons in respect of their services as judge or officers of the Supreme Court or public officers or for the widows, children, dependants or personal representatives of such persons in respect of such service.

(6) References in this section to the law with respect to pensions benefits include (without prejudice to their generality) references to the law regulating the circumstances in which such benefits may be granted or in which the grant of such benefits may be refused, the law regulating he circumstances in which any such benefits that have been granted may be withheld, reduce in amount or suspended and the law regulating the amount of any such benefits.

98.- Power to withhold pensions, etc.

(1) Where under any law any person or authority has a discretion -

a) to decide whether or not any pensions benefits shall be granted; or

b) to withhold, reduce in amount or suspend any such benefits that have been granted,

those benefits shall be granted and may not be withheld, reduced in amount or suspended unless the Public Service Commission concurs in the refusal to grant the benefits or, as the case may be, in the decision to withhold them, reduce them in amount or suspend them.

(2) where the amount of any persons benefits that may be granted to any person is not fixed by law, the amount of the benefits to be granted to him shall be the greatest amount for which he is eligible unless the Public Service Commission concurs in this being granted benefits of a smaller amount.

(3) The Public Service Commission shall not concur under subsection (1) or subsection (2) of this section in any action taken on the ground that any person who holds or has held the office of judge of the Supreme Court, Director of Public Prosecutions, Director of Audit or Chief Elections Officer has been guilty of misbehaviour in that office unless he has been removed from that office by reason of such misbehaviour.

(4) Before the Public Service Commission concurs under subsection (1) or subsection (2) of this section in any action taken on the ground that any person who holds or has held any office to which, at the time of such action, section 91 of this Constitution applies has been guilty of misbehaviour in that office, the Public Service Commission shall consult the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

(5) In this section " pension benefits" means any pensions, compensation, gratuities or other like allowances for persons in respect of their service as judges or officers of the Supreme Court or public officers or for the widows, children, dependants or personal representatives of such persons in respect of such service.

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