4 Jul 2006

Fiji Court give government department heads 10 days to respond to challenge to stay order

5:26 pm on 4 July 2006

The Fiji High Court has granted six government chief executives ten days to reply to a challenge from the Public Service Commission over a stay order halting a proposed reshuffle.

The PSC had sought for the stay order to be discharged.

The court action stems from the commission's proposal to reshuffle chief executives following the establishment of new ministries this year.

A High Court judge gave a lawyer for the CEOs, time to reply to the challenge.

The stay order prevents the commission from implementing any proposed reshuffle, pending a judicial review that was filed by the lawyer representing the CEOs.

The Fiji Times reports that the CEOs say their five-year contracts did not allow the commission or themselves to vary the conditions of the contract unless both parties agreed.