Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

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Constitution
CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ACT

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Act
4 of 1976

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Index of Subsidiary Legislation
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Existing Laws Amendment Order (GN 8/1962) … … … … 17
Existing Laws Amendment Order (GN 97/1963) … … … 19
Existing Laws Modification Order (GN 136/1976) … … … 22
Letters Patent Establishing the Distinguished Society of Trinidad and Tobago

(110/1983) … … … … … … … 23
Electoral College Regulations (GN 187/1976) … … … … 29
Public Service Commission (Delegation of Powers) Order (GN 158/1966) … 41
Teaching Service Commission (Delegation of Powers) Order (GN 88/1969)… 55
Public Service Commission Regulations (GN 132/1966) … … 57
Police Service Commission Regulations (GN 131/1966) … … 131
Appointment of the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of

Police (Qualification and Selection Criteria) Order (LN 165/2007) … 172
Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection Process)

Order (LN 166/2007) … … … … … … 174
Public Service Appeal Board Regulations (GN 74/1978) … … … 177
Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations … … … 191

Note on Schedule
The Constitution which was originally enacted as the Schedule to this Act has been published
independently (at the beginning of this Edition and immediately before this Chapter).
However, any statutory instruments made under the Constitution are published as part of the
Subsidiary Legislation of this Chapter.

Note on Omissions
The following Subsidiary Legislation made under the Constitution have been omitted:
(a) Emergency Powers Regulations (made under section 7) and Orders made thereunder.
(b) State of Emergency Proclamations (made under section 10).
(c) Election of President Declarations Orders (made under section 32).
(d) Parliamentary Sessions Proclamations (made under section 67).
(e) Proroguing of Parliament Proclamations (made under section 68).
(f) Dissolution Proclamations (made under section 68).

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(g) Elections and Boundaries Commissions Orders (made under
section 72).

(h) Public Accounts (Enterprises) Committee (made under section 119).
N.B. See Current Edition of the Consolidated Index of Acts and Subsidiary

Legislation for references to these Subsidiary Legislation.

Note on section 162, and on Part IV of CHAPTER XII
(Resignation, Retirement), of the Public Service

Commission Regulations
LN 282/1998 amended the Public Service Commission Regulations by revoking
and replacing Chapter XII. In the regulations that were replaced no regulation
was numbered as 162, and the other following regulations were numbered as
163, 164, 165, 166 and 167 notwithstanding the fact that the regulations in
Chapter XIII commenced with the number 164.
In order therefore, to regularise the situation, regulations 164, 165, 166 and 167
have accordingly been renumbered as 163A, 163B, 163C and 163D in order to
maintain sequential continuity in the renumbering of the Regulations.

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CHAPTER 1:01

CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC
OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Former Constitution repealed and new Constitution enacted.
4. Appointed day.
5. Existing law.
6. Prerogative and privilege.
7. Legal proceedings and other matters.
8. Succession to property.
9. Rights, liabilities and obligations.
10. Existing officers.
11. Judges of the Supreme Court.
12. Oaths.
13. Transitional provisions relating to existing Commissions.
14. Saving for offices of Prime Minister and Ministers.
15. Alteration to this Act.
16. Transitional as to dissolution of last Parliament.
17. Transitional as to Director of Public Prosecutions.
18. Validation of certain enactments.
19. Saving for prescribed matters under former Constitution.
20. Saving for Standing Orders.
21. Transitional as to constituency boundaries and list of electors.
22. Act to be certified.

SCHEDULE—(See Note on page 2).

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4 of 1976.

Commencement.

Preamble.

Short title.

CHAPTER 1:01

CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC
OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ACT

An Act to establish the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
and to enact the Constitution thereof in lieu of the
former Constitution.

[29TH MARCH 1976]
WHEREAS it is enacted by subsection (1) of section 38 of the former
Constitution that Parliament may alter any of the provisions thereof:
And whereas it is enacted by subsection (2) of the said

section 38 that in so far as it alters certain provisions of the
former Constitution a Bill for an Act of Parliament under the said
section 38 shall not be passed by Parliament unless at the final
voting thereon in each House it is supported by the votes of not
less than two-thirds of all the members of each House:
And whereas it is enacted by subsection (3) of the said

section 38 that in so far as it alters that section and certain other
sections of the former Constitution, a Bill for an Act of
Parliament under the said section 38 shall not be passed by
Parliament unless it is supported at the final voting thereon—
(i) in the House of Representatives by the

votes of not less than three-fourths of all
the members of the House;

(ii) in the Senate by the votes of not less than
two-thirds of all the members of the Senate:

And whereas it is intended by this Parliament by this Act to
alter the former Constitution:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of Trinidad
and Tobago as follows:—
1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Constitution of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act.

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(2) This Act shall have effect for the purpose of the
alteration of the former Constitution.
2. In this Act—
“alter” has the same meaning as in section 38(6)(b) of the former

Constitution;
*“appointed day” means the day fixed for the coming into

operation of the Constitution by Proclamation of the
Governor-General under section 4;

“the Commonwealth” has the same meaning as in section 3 of the
Constitution;

†“the Constitution” means the Constitution set out in the
Schedule;

“existing law” means a law that had effect as part of the law of
Trinidad and Tobago immediately before the appointed day;

“the former Constitution” has the same meaning as in section 3
of the Constitution;

“law” has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Constitution;
“the Order-in-Council of 1962” means the Trinidad and Tobago

(Constitution) Order-in-Council, 1962;
“public office” has the same meaning as in section 3 of the

Constitution;
“the State” means the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
3. On the appointed day all the provisions of the former
Constitution are repealed and the Order-in-Council of 1962 is
revoked, and thereupon the Constitution shall have effect as the
supreme law of the State in place of the former Constitution.

4. The Governor-General shall by Proclamation published
in the Gazette fix a day after the dissolution of the last Parliament
under the former Constitution for the coming into operation of
the Constitution.

Interpretation.

S.I.1962
No. 1875
(U.K.).

Former
Constitution
repealed and
new
Constitution
enacted.

Appointed day.

*1st August, 1976 was fixed by Proclamation (GN 116/1976).
†See Note on Schedule at page 2.

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5. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the
operation of the existing law on and after the appointed day shall
not be affected by the revocation of the Order-in-Council of 1962
but the existing laws shall be construed with such modifications,
adaptations, qualifications and exceptions as may be necessary to
bring them into conformity with this Act.
*(2) The President may, by Order published in the
Gazette made at any time within the period of three years next
after the appointed day, make such modifications to any existing
law as may appear to him to be necessary or expedient for
bringing that law into conformity with the Constitution, without
prejudice, however, to any powers conferred by any law upon
any other person or authority to modify any existing law.
(3) Anything done under any existing law before its
modification by or under this section which would, but for this
subsection, cease by virtue of that modification to have effect, shall
continue to have effect as if done under that law as so modified.
(4) In subsection (3), “modification” includes amendment,
adaptation or other alteration authorised by subsection (1) .
(5) Without prejudice to the generality of subsections (1)
to (4) and subject to any Order made under subsection (2), in any
existing law which continues in force after the appointed day or in
any public document, in relation to any time or any period
commencing on or after the appointed day, unless the context
otherwise requires—
(a) any reference to Her Majesty the Queen, whether

or not that expression is used, or to the Crown in
respect of Trinidad and Tobago, shall be read and
construed as if it were a reference to the State;

(b) any reference to the Governor-General shall be
read and construed as if it were a reference to
the President;

(c) any reference to Crown land or Crown forest
shall be read and construed as a reference to
State land or State forest, respectively;

Existing law.

*See Subsidiary Legislation for Modification Orders at page 22.

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(d) any reference to Her Majesty’s dominions shall
be read and construed as a reference to the
Commonwealth.

6. (1) Where under any existing law any prerogative or
privilege is vested in Her Majesty the Queen or the Crown in
respect of Trinidad and Tobago, that prerogative or privilege
shall, on the appointed day, vest in the State and, subject to the
Constitution and any other law, the President shall have power to
do all things necessary for the exercise thereof.
(2) Where under any existing law any rights, powers,
privileges, duties or functions are vested in or imposed on the
Governor-General, those rights, powers, privileges, duties and
functions shall, on the appointed day, vest in and be exercisable
by the President.

7. (1) Subject to subsection (2), all actions, suits and other
legal proceedings pending before any Court on the appointed day
shall continue before that Court, including the Supreme Court
established by the Constitution, as if they had been commenced
in that Court under the Constitution.
(2) Any criminal proceedings pending in any Court
immediately before the appointed day in which Her Majesty the
Queen is a party in respect of Trinidad and Tobago, may be
continued after the appointed day with the substitution of the
State as a party.
(3) Where any matter or thing has been commenced
before the appointed day by the Governor-General in exercise of
any power in that behalf under any existing law, such matter or
thing may be continued and completed by the President on or
after the appointed day.

8. (1) All property which, immediately before the
appointed day, is vested in Her Majesty or the Governor-General
for the purposes of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago,
shall, on the appointed day, vest in the State.

Prerogative and
privilege.

Legal
proceedings and
other matters.

Succession to
property.

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(2) Any property which, immediately before the
appointed day, is liable to escheat or to be forfeited to Her
Majesty for the purposes of the Government of Trinidad and
Tobago, shall, from the appointed day, be liable to escheat or to
be forfeited to the State.
(3) Where, immediately before the appointed day, any
person holds any property in trust for Her Majesty or for the
Governor-General, for the purposes of the Government of
Trinidad and Tobago, that person shall, from the appointed day,
hold such property on the like trust for the State.
9. (1) All rights, liabilities and obligations of Her Majesty
in respect of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago shall, on
and after the appointed day, be rights, liabilities and obligations
of the State.
(2) All rights, liabilities and obligations of the
Governor-General or the holder of any other office under the
Crown in respect of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago,
shall, on and after the appointed day, be rights, liabilities and
obligations of the President or of the holder of that other office,
as the case may be, on behalf of the State.
(3) In this section, rights, liabilities and obligations
include rights, liabilities and obligations arising from contract or
otherwise, other than rights mentioned in sections 6 and 8.
10. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and of the
Constitution, every person who immediately before the appointed
day holds or is acting in a public office shall, as from that day,
continue to hold or act in the like office as if he had been appointed
thereto in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
(2) A person who under the Order-in-Council of 1962 or
any existing law would have been required to vacate his office at
the expiration of any period shall vacate his office at the
expiration of that period.

11. (1) The Judges of the Supreme Court holding office
immediately before the appointed day shall, as from that day,

Rights,
liabilities and
obligations.

Existing
officers.

Judges of the
Supreme Court.

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continue to hold office as if they had been appointed thereto
under the provisions of Chapter 7 of the Constitution.
(2) Until other provision is made under Chapter 11 of
the Constitution the salaries and allowances of the Judges of the
Supreme Court shall be the salaries and allowances to which,
immediately before the appointed day, the Judges of the Supreme
Court were entitled.

12. (1) Any person who holds any office to which this
section applies as from the appointed day, by virtue of having
been the holder of any office before that day, shall be deemed to
have complied with the requirements of the Constitution or any
other law in force in Trinidad and Tobago relating to the taking
of oaths with respect to that office.
(2) This section applies to any office to which section 10
or 11 applies, to the office of Prime Minister, Minister,
Parliamentary Secretary, President of the Senate, Speaker, Leader of
the Opposition, Auditor General, member of a Service Commission
other than the Judicial and Legal Service Commission and member
of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.

13. (1) Any power of a Commission established by the
former Constitution (in this section referred to as “an existing
Commission”) which has been validly delegated to any person or
authority shall, to the extent that that power could be delegated
under the Constitution to such person or authority, be deemed as
from the appointed day, to have been delegated to that person or
authority in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
(2) Any matter which immediately before the appointed
day is pending before an existing Commission or, as the case may
be, before any person or authority to whom the power to deal with
such matters has been delegated under the former Constitution shall,
as from the appointed day, be continued before the corresponding
Commission established by the Constitution or, as the case may be,
the said person or authority where such delegation has been
continued under subsection (1), so however, that where an existing
Commission or, as the case may be, any person or authority as

Oaths.

Transitional
provisions
relating to
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Commissions.

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aforesaid has, immediately before the appointed day, partly
completed the hearing of a disciplinary proceeding (in this section
referred to as “the original hearing”), no person shall take part in
the continued hearing unless he has also taken part in the original
hearing; and where by virtue of this subsection the original
hearing cannot be so continued the hearing of the disciplinary
proceeding shall be recommenced.
(3) Except in the case of the Judicial and Legal Service
Commission, a person who immediately before the appointed day
holds the Office of Chairman or other member of a Service
Commission (within the meaning of section 3 of the Constitution)
established by the former Constitution shall, as from the appointed
day, continue to hold the like office as if he had been appointed
thereto in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
(4) Section 126(3)(a) of the Constitution shall have
effect in relation to such a person as if the date of his appointment
under the former Constitution were the date of his appointment
under the Constitution.
(5) The persons holding the office of Chairman and
members of the Elections Commission under the former
Constitution shall, as from the appointed day, continue to hold the
like office in the Elections and Boundaries Commission under the
Constitution as if they had been appointed thereto in accordance
with the Constitution. This subsection shall have effect only
during the period of twelve months next after the appointed day.

14. (1) The person who immediately before the appointed
day holds the office of Prime Minister under the former
Constitution shall, as from that day hold office as Prime Minister
under the Constitution as if he had been appointed thereto under
the provisions of section 76 of the Constitution.
(2) Where the person who is Prime Minister under
subsection (1) is for any reason unable to act or where the office of
Prime Minister is vacant, the President, acting on the advice of the
Prime Minister, if the Prime Minister is able so to do, shall appoint
a person who is a Minister under subsection (3) to perform the

Saving for
offices of Prime
Minister and
Ministers.

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Alteration to
this Act.

10 &11 Eliz. 2
C. 54.

functions of Prime Minister until such time as that person is
again able to perform his functions as Prime Minister or until the
next general election after the appointed day is held, whichever
first occurs.
(3) The persons, other than the Prime Minister, who
immediately before the appointed day hold office as Ministers
under the former Constitution shall as from that day hold the like
office as if they had been appointed thereto under section 76 of
the Constitution.
(4) Any person holding the office of Prime Minister or
other Minister by virtue of the provisions of subsections (1) to (3)
who, immediately before the appointed day, was assigned
responsibility for any matter or department of Government under
the former Constitution shall, as from that date, be deemed to
have been assigned responsibility for such matter or department
under section 79 of the Constitution.
(5) The persons who, immediately before the appointed
day, hold offices of Parliamentary Secretaries under the former
Constitution shall, as from that date, hold the like offices as if they
had been appointed thereto under section 82 of the Constitution.
(6) A person who, immediately before the appointed
day, holds the office of President of the Senate or Speaker under
the former Constitution shall, as from that date, hold the like
office as if he had been elected thereto under section 45 or 50,
respectively, of the Constitution.
(7) The person who, immediately before the appointed
day, holds the office of Leader of the Opposition or Auditor
General under the former Constitution shall, as from that date,
hold the like office as if he had been appointed thereto under
section 83 or 117, respectively, of the Constitution.

15. Parliament may alter any of the provisions of this Act,
including this section, other than the Schedule, in the same
manner as it may alter the provisions of the Trinidad and Tobago
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16. (1) Where it is necessary under subsection (4) of section 68
of the Constitution for the two Houses to be summoned before the
next ensuing general election after the appointed day is held, the two
Houses of the last Parliament under the former Constitution shall be
deemed to be the two Houses of the preceding Parliament under the
Constitution for all the purposes of that subsection and those Houses
may proceed to deal with any business before them, notwithstanding
any difference in the composition of the Senate under the former
Constitution and under the Constitution.
(2) Where in the opinion of the Prime Minister it is
necessary or expedient, in order to make amendments to the
Constitution between the appointed day and the next ensuing
general election, to recall the two Houses of Parliament, the
President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime
Minister, may recall the two Houses of the last Parliament under
the former Constitution for the purpose, and the provisions of
subsection (1) shall apply accordingly.
(3) A reference in the Constitution to a dissolution of
Parliament shall be deemed to include a reference to the
dissolution of the last Parliament under the former Constitution.

17. Until a person is appointed to the office of Director of
Public Prosecutions under the Constitution, the functions of that
office shall be performed by the Solicitor General.

18. All enactments passed or made by any Parliament or
person or authority under or by virtue of the former Constitution
and not before the appointed day declared by a competent Court
to be void by reason of any inconsistency with any provision
of the former Constitution, including in particular sections 1 and
2 thereof, and that are not repealed, lapsed, spent or that had not
otherwise had their effect, shall be deemed to have been validly
passed or made and to have had full force and effect as part of
the law of Trinidad and Tobago immediately before the appointed
day, even if any such enactments were inconsistent with any
provision of the former Constitution including in particular
sections 1 and 2 thereof.

Transitional as
to dissolution of
last Parliament.

Transitional as
to Director of
Public
Prosecutions.

Validation of
certain
enactments.

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*See section 3 of Act No. 11 of 1980.

19. All enactments passed or made by any Parliament or
person or authority in pursuance of the former Constitution for the
purpose of prescribing any matter or thing authorised or required to
be prescribed by the former Constitution that is correspondingly
authorised or required to be prescribed for the purposes of the
Constitution shall, until some other matter or thing is prescribed in
pursuance of the Constitution for the purposes thereof, continue in
full force and effect for all the purposes of the Constitution.

20. The Standing Orders of the Senate and of the House of
Representatives of the last Parliament under the former
Constitution as in force immediately before the appointed day
shall, except as may be otherwise provided in pursuance of
section 56(1) of the Constitution, be the Standing Orders of the
Senate and of the House of Representatives established by the
Constitution, but shall be read and construed with such
modifications, adaptations, qualifications and exceptions as may
be necessary to bring them into conformity with this Act.

*21. (1) Notwithstanding section 54(2)(b) of the former
Constitution, the Elections and Boundaries Commission shall
prepare a fresh report of the boundaries of the constituencies in
accordance with the said section 54 and any other law relating to
the registration of voters of 18 years and over.
(2) The last report of the Elections and Boundaries
Commission under section 54 of the former Constitution shall—
(a) be submitted by the Commission to the Prime

Minister and the Speaker for presentation to the
House of Representatives of the last Parliament
under the former Constitution as soon as
possible after the passing of this Act; and

(b) be deemed to be the first report of the Elections
and Boundaries Commission under section 72
of the Constitution and any other law for all the
purposes of the Constitution.

Saving for
prescribed
matters under
former
Constitution.

Saving for
Standing
Orders.

Transitional as
to constituency
boundaries and
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(3) The list of electors prepared by the Elections and
Boundaries Commission pursuant to any law relating to the
registration of voters of the age of 18 years and over and used for
the purpose of the preparation of the report of the Commission on
the boundaries of the constituencies under section 54 of the
former Constitution shall be deemed to be the list of electors
prepared by the Elections and Boundaries Commission under
section 72 of the Constitution and the Representation of the
People Act, for all the purposes of the Constitution.

22. (1) The Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House
of Representatives shall certify whether this Act is one the Bill
for which has been passed by the Senate and the House,
respectively, and at the final voting thereon in the Senate and in
the House, respectively, has been supported, in the Senate by the
votes of not less than two-thirds of all the members of the Senate,
and in the House by the votes of not less than three-fourths of all
the members of the House.
(2) The certificates of the Clerk of the Senate and the
Clerk of the House of Representatives under subsection (1) duly
signed and authenticated by them shall be conclusive evidence
that this Act is one the Bill for which has been passed by both
Houses of Parliament and at the final voting thereon in each
House has been supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds
of all the members of the Senate and three-fourths of all the
members of the House of Representatives, as provided for in
section 38 of the former Constitution.

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

Note on Orders made under section 5(2)

Orders made under section 5(2) and under the corresponding
provisions of former Constitutions comprised provisions of two
categories—(a) specific amendments of various written laws,
and (b) general provisions for the adaptation of existing laws.
The former have been incorporated in the written laws amended
and are omitted from the Orders published. Only those provisions
of the Orders that constitute general adaptation provisions and
that are still relevant are published below. The gaps are indicated
by dotted lines.

The Orders made under the present and the previous three
Constitutions are as follows:
Present Constitution—GN 136/1976 and 110/1977.

Previous Constitutions—

(A) The Trinidad and Tobago (Constitution) Order 1959 (1959
No. 1044, U.K.)—GN 109/1959.

(This Order was repealed by GN 8/1962 and 97/1963).

(B) The Trinidad and Tobago (Constitution) Order 1961
(1961 No. 1192, U.K.)—GN 172/1961, 176/1961,
52/1962, 5/1962, 44/1962, 8/1962, 11/1962 and 38/1962.
(GN 5/1962 was repealed by GN 44/1962
(before Independence); and, all the remaining Orders
except GN 44/1962 were repealed by GN 8/1962
(after Independence).

(C) The Trinidad and Tobago (Constitution) Order 1962
(1962 No. l872, U.K.)—GN 8/1962 and 97/l963.

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8/1962.

Citation.

References
to Governor
to be construed
as references
to Governor-
General.

EXISTING LAWS AMENDMENT ORDER
made under section 4 of the Trinidad and Tobago (Constitution)

Order-in-Council 1962

1. This Order may be cited as the Existing Laws Amendment
Order 1962.
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3. (1) Subject to this Order and the Constitution, a
reference in any existing law to the Governor (meaning thereby a
Governor of the former Colony of Trinidad and Tobago)
including a reference to the Governor in Council or the Governor
in Executive Council, shall be read and construed as reference to
the Governor-General.
(2) For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that—
(a) where immediately before the commencement

of this Order a function was, under an existing
law, expressed to be exercisable by the
Governor acting in his discretion or absolute
discretion, then unless that function is, under
the Constitution, expressed to be exercisable by
the Governor-General acting in accordance with
his own deliberate judgment or in accordance
with the advice of any person or authority other
than the Cabinet, that function is exercisable by
the Governor-General acting in accordance with
the advice of the Cabinet or of a Minister acting
under the General authority of the Cabinet;

(b) where immediately before the commencement
of this Order a function was, under an existing
law, expressed to be exercisable by the
Governor or any person or authority and that
function is, under the Constitution, expressed to
be exercisable by some other person or
authority, then that function is exercisable by
that other person or authority in accordance with
the Constitution.

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4. (1) Where it is provided in any existing law that any
matter or thing shall be reported to a Secretary of State or that a
Secretary of State shall be consulted that provision shall cease to
have effect.
(2) Where it is provided in any existing law that any
matter or thing shall require the approval or consent of a
Secretary of State, then—
(a) if the matter or thing for which such approval or

consent is required would, had it been done or
omitted before the commencement of this Order,
have been an act or omission of the Governor,
the provision shall cease to have effect; and

(b) in any other case, such provision shall have
effect as if that matter or thing required the
approval or consent of the Governor-General.

(3) Where it is provided in any existing law that any
matter or thing not included in subsections (1) and (2) is required
to be or may be done by a Secretary of State, such provision
shall have effect as if that matter or thing were required to be or
might be done by the Governor-General.
(4) Nothing in this section shall apply to any such matter
or thing done or omitted in respect of, or in relation to the United
Kingdom or any dependency thereof.
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6. (1) Where under any Act of the Parliament of the United
Kingdom which extends expressly or by necessary implication
or is applied to Trinidad and Tobago as part of the law thereof,
or under any Imperial Order in Council which applies to
Trinidad and Tobago as part of the law thereof (being in either
case an existing law), power to make subsidiary legislation is
given to a person or authority other than a person or authority in
or under the Government, that power may be exercised by
the Governor-General.
(2) In this section “subsidiary legislation” means any
regulation, rule, bye-law, order, scheme or other instrument
having legislative effect.

Reference to
Secretary of
State to cease to
have effect or to
refer to
Governor-
General.

Power of
Governor-
General to
make subsidiary
legislation.

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Existing Laws Amendment Order [Subsidiary]

97/1963.

Citation.

Charge on
Consolidated
Fund.

Legislative
matters.

EXISTING LAWS AMENDMENT ORDER
made under section 4 of the Trinidad and Tobago (Constitution)

Order-in-Council 1962

1. (1) This Order may be cited as the Existing Laws
Amendment Order 1963, and shall be read as one with the
Existing Laws Amendment Order 1962 (in this Order referred to
as “the previous Order”).
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5. Where in any existing law it is provided that—
(a) any expenditure is a charge on the public funds

of the former Colony of Trinidad and Tobago;
(b) any money for meeting expenditure shall be

appropriated out of the said public funds; or
(c) any person is entitled to be paid or to recover

from the said funds any expenditure by him or
defrayed by him pursuant to any law,

that provision shall have effect as if it charged such expenditure
on the Consolidated Fund.
6. (1) Subject to this Order, for any reference in an existing
law to a legislature of the former Colony of Trinidad and Tobago
there is substituted a reference to Parliament; and for any
reference to a chamber of such legislature there is substituted a
reference to the corresponding chamber of Parliament.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), where under any existing
law such a legislature had power to approve, affirm, confirm,
amend or do any matter or thing by resolution, that power may be
exercised by a resolution of each chamber of Parliament or,
where that power was exercisable by a single chamber of such
legislature, of the corresponding chamber of Parliament; and
such law shall be construed accordingly.
(3) Where under any existing law such a legislature had
power to annul or revoke any matter or thing by resolution, that

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power may, in like manner, be exercised by both chambers of
Parliament or, where that power was exercisable by a single
chamber of such legislature, by the corresponding chamber of
Parliament; and such law shall be construed accordingly.
(4) Where under any existing law any matter or thing
was required to be submitted to or laid before such a legislature,
then that matter or thing shall in like manner, be submitted to or
laid before each chamber of Parliament or, where the matter or
thing was required to be submitted to or laid before a single
chamber of such legislature, the corresponding chamber of
Parliament and such law shall be construed accordingly.
(5) The Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges)
Ordinance shall be cited as the House of Representatives (Powers
and Privileges) Ordinance and—
(a) for any reference to the Legislative Council

therein and in the long title thereto, there is
substituted a reference to the House of
Representatives, and for any reference to the
Speaker, Deputy Speaker or other member or
officer of the Council, there is substituted a
reference to the Speaker, Deputy Speaker
or other corresponding member or officer of
the House;

(b) for any reference to the Standing Orders of the
Legislative Council there is substituted a reference
to the Standing Orders of the House,

and until otherwise provided by Parliament, that Ordinance as
amended by this Order shall, mutatis mutandis, apply in relation
to the Senate and to the President, Deputy President and other
members and officers thereof as it applies in relation to the House
of Representatives and to the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other
members and officers thereof.
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Administrative
matters. 7. In an existing law—

(a) for any reference to the Executive Council there
is substituted a reference to the Cabinet, for any
reference to a member of the Executive Council
there is substituted a reference to a member of
the Cabinet and for any reference to the Clerk to
the Executive Council there is substituted a
reference to the Secretary to the Cabinet;

(b) for any reference to the Premier or the Chief
Minister there is substituted a reference to the
Prime Minister;

(c) for any reference to the Colony or the Territory
(meaning thereby the former Colony of Trinidad
and Tobago) there is substituted a reference to
Trinidad and Tobago;

(d) for any reference to the Director of Audit there
is substituted a reference to the Auditor General.

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[Subsidiary]

EXISTING LAWS MODIFICATION ORDER
made under section 5(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of

Trinidad and Tobago Act 1976

1. This Order may be cited as the Existing Laws
Modification Order 1976.

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5. A reference in any enactment to the Public Seal of
Trinidad and Tobago shall be read and construed so as to include
a reference to the Seal of the President of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago.

6. Any reference to Her Majesty’s Counsel or Queen’s
Counsel whichever expression is used shall be read and
construed as a reference to Senior Counsel in the legal profession
of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

7. (1) A reference to the Attorney General in any
enactment respecting his functions in criminal proceedings
shall be read and construed as a reference to the Director of
Public Prosecutions.
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

136/1976.

Citation.

Reference to
Public Seal.

Reference to
Queen’s
Counsel.

Adaptation of
reference to
Attorney
General.

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*These Letters Patent were originally issued by Command of QUEEN ELIZABETH The Second,
then Queen of Trinidad and Tobago, and have been modified in accordance with section 5 of the
Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act so as to be brought into accord with the
Act (and the Constitution).

LETTERS PATENT
establishing the

DISTINGUISHED SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
*deemed to be issued under section 6 of the Act

Effective:
30th August 1969;

Dated:
26th August 1969

TO ALL TO WHOM these Presents shall come or whom the same
may in anywise concern,

GREETING:
WHEREAS by and with the advice of the Cabinet a society of honour known by
and having the name, style and designation of the “Order of the Trinity” was
established and constituted on the 26th day of August, 1969 and came into
effect on the 30th day of August, 1969, for the purpose of according
recognition to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and other persons for
distinguished or meritorious service or for gallantry:

And whereas it was ordained, directed and appointed by and with the
advice of the Cabinet that the said Order consist of the President of Trinidad
and Tobago and such members together with honorary members as the
President shall in accordance with the Constitution of the Order from time to
time appoint:

And whereas it was further ordained, directed and appointed that the said
Order be governed by the Constitution of the Order of the Trinity set out in
the Schedule:

Now let it be known that it is hereby ordained, directed and appointed by and
with the advice of the Cabinet that the society of honour known as the “Order
of the Trinity” shall henceforth be known as the “Distinguished Society of
Trinidad and Tobago”:

And it is further ordained, directed and appointed by and with the advice of
the Cabinet that the “Trinity Cross of the Order of the Trinity” shall
henceforth be known as the “Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”.

[110/1983
121/2008
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SCHEDULE
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DISTINGUISHED SOCIETY OF

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

THE DISTINGUISHED SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
1. (1) The Distinguished Society of Trinidad and Tobago, hereinafter
called “the Society” shall consist of the President of Trinidad and Tobago and
the members and honorary members of the Society.
(2) Every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to whom the Order of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chaconia Medal, the Humming Bird
Medal, the Medal of Merit or the Medal for the Development of Women is
awarded is a Member of the Society.
(3) Every person other than a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to
whom the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chaconia Medal,
the Humming Bird Medal or the Medal for the Development of Women is
awarded on an honorary basis is an Honorary Member of the Society.
2. The President of Trinidad and Tobago shall, by virtue of that Office,
be the Chancellor of the Society.
3. The Chancellor is charged with the administration of the Society.
4. The Secretary to the President shall be Secretary of the Society and shall
maintain the records of the Society, arrange for investitures and perform such
other functions in respect of the Society as the President may require him to perform.
5. The President may appoint such other officials for the Society as may
be necessary.
6. (1) There shall be a standing National Awards Committee for the
Society hereinafter called “the Committee” comprising—

(a) the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago who shall be the
Chairman of the Committee;

(b) the Chairman of the Public Service Commission;
(c) the Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission;
(d) the Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission;
(e) a Senior Public Officer appointed by the Prime Minister;
(f) two persons representative of the General Public appointed

by the Prime Minister. Such appointment shall be for a
period not exceeding three years but a person whose
appointment so expires shall be eligible for reappointment.

(2) The Committee shall have a Secretary who shall be appointed by
the Prime Minister.

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7. A person is not a member or honorary member of the Society by reason
only of his being a member of the Committee or an official for the Society.
8. The Committee shall—

(a) consider nominations of persons of merit who are citizens of
Trinidad and Tobago together with recommendations and
supporting material received by the Committee for awards of
the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chaconia
Medal, the Humming Bird Medal, the Medal of Merit or the
Medal for the Development of Women;

(b) compile separate lists in respect of the Order of the Republic
of Trinidad and Tobago and of each medal of those nominees
to whom an award may be made;

(c) forward to the Prime Minister the lists compiled pursuant
to paragraph (b) together with its recommendations
respecting awards;

(d) advise the President in respect of any other matters concerning
the Society referred to it by the President for consideration.

9. Any person or organisation may submit to the Committee for its
consideration a nomination of a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago for an award of the
Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chaconia Medal, the Humming
Bird Medal, the Medal of Merit or the Medal for the Development of Women.
10. (1) Awards of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the
Chaconia Medal, the Humming Bird Medal and the Medal of Merit shall be
made by Instrument signed by the President and sealed with the Seal of the
Society and shall have effect from the date of the affixing of the Seal unless
another effective date is specified in the Instrument.
(2) The power conferred on the President under subsection (1) shall
be exercised by him on the advice of the Prime Minister given after
consideration of the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.
(3) Only citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible for the award
of the Medal of Merit.
(4) Only persons other than citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are
eligible for the award of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the
Chaconia Medal or the Humming Bird Medal on an honorary basis.
(5) Any distinguished citizen of a country other than Trinidad and
Tobago whom Trinidad and Tobago desires to honour may be awarded the Order
of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chaconia Medal or the Humming
Bird Medal on an honorary basis.
(6) Awards of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the
Chaconia Medal and the Humming Bird Medal to persons other than citizens
of Trinidad and Tobago shall be made on the advice of the Prime Minister.

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THE ORDER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
11. (1) The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago of the Society
of the Trinity herein called the “Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”
may be awarded in connection with the Society to any person who has rendered
distinguished and outstanding service to Trinidad and Tobago.
(2) The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago may be
awarded posthumously but a deceased recipient does not become a member of
the Society.
(3) The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago shall be
awarded only in Gold.
(4) The President may award the Order of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago to a maximum of—
(a) ten persons in 1969;
(b) five persons in any year thereafter.

THE CHACONIA MEDAL
12. (1) The Chaconia Medal of the Distinguished Society of Trinidad and
Tobago herein called the “Chaconia Medal” may be awarded in connection with
the Society to any person who has performed long and meritorious service to
Trinidad and Tobago tending to promote the national welfare or strengthen the
community spirit.
(2) The Chaconia Medal may be awarded posthumously but a
deceased recipient does not become a member of the Society.
(3) The Chaconia Medal may be awarded in Gold, Silver or Bronze
in accordance with the Committee’s assessment of the value of the recipient’s
service to Trinidad and Tobago.
(4) The President may award the Chaconia Medal to a maximum of—
(a) fifteen persons in 1969;
(b) ten persons in any year thereafter.

THE HUMMING BIRD MEDAL
13. (1) The Humming Bird Medal of the Distinguished Society of
Trinidad and Tobago herein called the “Humming Bird Medal” may be
awarded in connection with the Society to any person who has rendered loyal
and devoted service beneficial to Trinidad and Tobago in any field of human
endeavour or for gallantry or other humane action.
(2) The Humming Bird Medal may be awarded posthumously but a
deceased recipient does not become a member of the Society.
(3) The Humming Bird Medal may be awarded in Gold, Silver or
Bronze in accordance with the Committee’s assessment of the level of the
service rendered by the recipient.
(4) The President may award the Humming Bird Medal for loyal and
devoted service to a maximum of—

(a) twenty persons in 1969;
(b) fifteen persons in any year thereafter.

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MEDAL OF MERIT
14. (1) The Public Service Medal of Merit of the Distinguished Society
of Trinidad and Tobago herein referred to as the “Medal of Merit” may be
awarded for outstanding and meritorious service in the Public Services, the
Defence and Protective Services or service with Statutory Bodies performing
national functions.
(2) Only citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible for the award
of the Medal of Merit.
(3) The Medal of Merit may be awarded posthumously but a
deceased recipient does not become a member of the Society.
(4) The Medal of Merit may be awarded in Gold, Silver or Bronze
according to the length or merit of the services rendered as assessed by the
Committee.

MEDAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN
14A. (1) The Medal for the Development of Women of the Distinguished
Society of Trinidad and Tobago herein called “the Medal for the Development
of Women” may be awarded to any person for outstanding contribution to the
development of women’s rights and issues.
(2) The Medal for the Development of Women may be awarded
posthumously but a deceased recipient does not become a member of the Society.
(3) The Medal for the Development of Women may be awarded in
Gold, Silver or Bronze according to the length or merit of the contribution
made as assessed by the Committee.
(4) The President may award the Medal for the Development of
Women to a maximum of ten persons in any year.

TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY
15. A person ceases to be a member or honorary member of the Society upon—

(a) his death;
(b) his resignation from the Society which shall have effect on the

date on which a resignation in writing is accepted by the President;
(c) the revocation of his award by the President; provided that an

award of the Humming Bird Medal for gallantry or humane
action shall not be revoked.

DESIGNATIONS
16. (1) A person to whom the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago is awarded is entitled to—

(a) have the letters “O.R.T.T.” placed after his name on all
occasions when the use of such letters is customary; and

(b) wear as a decoration the insignia prescribed by the
President for recipients of the Order of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago.

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*This clause was inserted in pursuance of a Cabinet decision set out in Cabinet Minute
No. 3700(1) of 30th August, 1979.

(2) A person to whom the Chaconia Medal is awarded is entitled to—
(a) have the letters “C.M.T.T.” placed after his name on all

occasions when the use of such letters is customary; and
(b) wear as a decoration the insignia prescribed by the President

for recipients of the Chaconia Medal.
(3) A person to whom the Humming Bird Medal is awarded is
entitled to—

(a) have the letters “H.B.M.” placed after his name on all
occasions when the use of such letters is customary; and

(b) wear as a decoration the insignia prescribed by the President
for recipients of the Humming Bird Medal.

(4) A person to whom the Medal of Merit is awarded is entitled to—
(a) have the letters “M.O.M.” placed after his name on all

occasions when the use of such letters is customary; and
(b) wear as a decoration the insignia prescribed by the President

for recipients of the Medal of Merit.
(5) A person to whom the Medal for the Development of Women is
awarded is entitled to—

(a) have the letters “M.D.W.” placed after his name on all
occasions when the use of such letters is customary; and

(b) wear as a decoration the insignia prescribed by the President
for recipients of the Medal for the Development of Women.

17. (1) When worn in Trinidad and Tobago by a citizen of Trinidad and
Tobago the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago shall be worn
suspended from the neck and takes precedence of all other decorations.
(2) When worn in Trinidad and Tobago by a citizen of Trinidad and
Tobago the Chaconia Medal shall be worn immediately after the Order of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and in front of all other decorations.
(3) When worn in Trinidad and Tobago by a citizen of Trinidad and
Tobago the Humming Bird Medal shall be worn immediately after the
Chaconia Medal and in front of all other decorations.
(4) When worn in Trinidad and Tobago the Medal of Merit shall be worn
immediately after the Humming Bird Medal and in front of all other decorations.
(5) When worn in Trinidad and Tobago the Medal for the Development

of Women shall be worn immediately after the Medal of Merit and in front of all
other decorations.
*18. Acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, the
President may, where in any year exceptional circumstances so warrant,
make awards of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the
Chaconia Medal or the Humming Bird Medal in excess of the maximum
number prescribed, respectively, in clause 11(4), 12(4), 13(4) or 14A(4).

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ELECTORAL COLLEGE REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION

1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
3. Application.
4. Nomination of candidates.
5. Decisions as to validity of nomination papers.
6. Withdrawal of candidate.
7. Death of candidate.
8. Electoral College to meet on election day whether election contested

or not.
9. Mode of election.
10. Ballot papers.
11. Officers of the Electoral College—functions and duties.
12. Taking of the ballot.
13. Secrecy of ballot.
14. Manner of voting.
15. Spoiled ballots.
16. Closing of poll.
17. Procedure by Clerk after closing of poll.
18. Declaration of election.
19. Report of proceedings.
20. Adjournments.
21. Keeping of records.
22. Amendments.
23. Speaker to regulate procedure.

SCHEDULE.

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187/1976.

Citation.

Interpretation.

Application.

Nomination of
candidates.
Form 1.
Schedule.

Decisions as to
validity of
nomination
papers.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE REGULATIONS
made under section 28(4) of the Constitution

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Electoral
College Regulations.

2. In these Regulations—
“ballot box” means a receptacle for the reception of ballots

cast at an election;
“ballot paper” means a ballot paper prepared in accordance with

these Regulations;
“Clerk” means the Clerk of the House of Representatives and

includes the Clerk of the Senate so acting on the direction of
the Speaker;

“election” means an election for President under section 245
of the Constitution;

“member” means a member of the Electoral College.

3. These Regulations shall have effect for the purpose of
holding an election for President under section 26 of the
Constitution, and any other meeting of the Electoral College.

4. (1) Every candidate for election shall be nominated by
a separate nomination paper in the form set out as Form 1 in
the Schedule.
(2) The nomination paper shall state the full name and
address of the candidate and his proposers, the occupation of the
candidate and the constituencies represented by his proposers.

5. Where a nomination paper is delivered to the Speaker
in accordance with section 30 of the Constitution the candidate
shall be deemed to stand nominated unless proof is given to the
satisfaction of the Speaker that the candidate is dead or is
not qualified under section 23 of the Constitution or the
candidate withdraws.

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6. (1) Any candidate may withdraw his candidature at any
time before the taking of the ballot by delivering to the Speaker
a declaration in writing to that effect signed by himself and
attested by the signatures of at least four of his proposers and any
votes cast for the candidate who has so withdrawn shall be null
and void.
(2) Where a candidate has withdrawn after the ballot
papers are printed and time does not permit the printing of fresh
ballot papers his name shall be deleted therefrom and initialled
by the Speaker in every ballot paper.
7. (1) Where before the expiration of the time limited by
section 30(b) of the Constitution for delivery of the nomination
paper proof is given to the satisfaction of the Speaker of the death
of any candidate, a fresh nomination may be made in place of the
deceased candidate.
(2) Where the death of a candidate occurs after the
expiration of the time limited by section 30(b) of the Constitution,
the name of such candidate shall be deleted from the ballot paper
and initialled by the Speaker where time does not permit the
printing of a fresh ballot paper.
8. (1) For the purpose of every election under section 27 of
the Constitution, the Electoral College shall meet on the date
announced in the Gazette by the Speaker pursuant to section 26(2)
of the Constitution and the Constitution (Prescribed Matters) Act,
whether or not the election for the office of President is contested.
(2) A member, other than the Speaker and the President
of the Senate, shall, on the first occasion of taking his seat at a
meeting of the Electoral College for an election, present to the
Clerk for scrutiny a letter of accreditation signed—
(a) in the case of a member who is a Senator, by the

President of the Senate;
(b) in the case of a member who is a member of the

House of Representatives, by the Speaker.
(3) Members of the public may attend any meeting of the
Electoral College at which an election is held and the press and

Withdrawal of
candidate.

Death of
candidate.

Electoral
College to meet
on election day
whether election
contested or not.
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other news media shall be admitted on such conditions as the
Speaker may impose.
(4) At an election one only of the proposers of every
candidate may speak for not more than fifteen minutes on the
merits of the candidate, but only if the text of the speech is first
approved by the Speaker.
(5) In order to obtain approval of a text by the Speaker
for the purposes of paragraph (4), every such text shall be
submitted at least twenty-four hours before the meeting at which
the speech is to be made; and the Speaker shall reject any speech
which in his opinion impugns the character of any candidate.
(6) Subject to subregulations (4) and (5), no debate on
the merits of a candidate shall be held.
9. (1) Where on the expiration of the time limited
by section 30(b) of the Constitution for delivery of the
nomination papers—
(a) more than one person stands nominated, a poll

shall be taken in accordance with these
Regulations;

(b) only one person stands nominated, such
nominated person shall at the meeting of the
Electoral College be declared by the Speaker to
be elected;

(c) the number of persons standing nominated is
reduced to one, the remaining person standing
nominated shall be declared to be elected in
accordance with paragraph (b).

(2) Where pursuant to subregulation (1)(b) or regulation 18
a person is declared elected, the Speaker shall thereupon issue an
instrument signed and sealed by him stating—
(a) in the case of an uncontested election to the

office of President, that the person named in the
instrument was or became the only person
nominated for the election and was in
consequence declared elected; or

Mode of
election.

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(b) in the case of a contested election, that the person
named in the instrument was declared elected at
that meeting in consequence of a ballot.

10. (1) As soon as possible after the expiration of the time
limited by section 30(b) of the Constitution for the nomination of
candidates for the election, the Speaker shall, if a ballot is to be
held, cause ballot papers to be printed for use in that election.
(2) A ballot paper shall be in the form set out as Form 2
in the Schedule.
11. The Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Clerk
of the Senate and such other officers of both those Houses as the
Speaker may appoint shall be officers of the Electoral College
and shall have and exercise such functions and perform such
duties as are conferred or imposed on them by these Regulations
or by direction of the Speaker.
12. (1) Immediately before the taking of the ballot the Clerk
shall in the presence and view of members open and inspect the
ballot box to ascertain that there are no ballot papers or other
papers or materials therein, after which the box shall be locked
and placed on the table in full view of all present and shall remain
so placed until the end of the balloting.
(2) The Clerk shall call upon every member present to
cast his ballot and shall immediately thereafter deliver the ballot
paper to every such member who is willing to vote.
(3) The member shall then proceed to such place
provided for the purpose where he shall mark his ballot by
marking an “X” against the name of the candidate of his choice.
(4) The member shall then fold his ballot so that the
initials of the Clerk can be seen without opening the ballot, return
to the Clerk and display the ballot.
(5) The Clerk shall satisfy himself—
(a) that the ballot is the ballot he gave to the member;
(b) that the ballot is correctly folded.

Ballot papers.

Form 2.
Schedule.

Officers of the
Electoral
College—
functions and
duties.

Taking of the
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(6) Upon the Clerk being so satisfied, the member shall
insert his ballot into the ballot box.
13. A place or places shall be provided in order to ensure
secrecy in the marking of the ballot.
14. (1) The “X” shall be marked in the space provided
therefor on the right-hand side of the name of the candidate as
printed on the ballot paper.
(2) A ballot paper shall not be rejected by reason only that
the “X” is marked outside the space provided or that more than one
“X” is marked thereon so long as there is a clear indication as to
the candidate for whom the member intended to vote.
15. A member who has inadvertently dealt with the ballot
paper delivered to him in such manner that it cannot conveniently
be used shall return it to the Clerk who shall—
(a) deface it in such manner as to render it a

spoiled ballot;
(b) deliver another ballot paper to the member;
(c) place the spoiled ballot in an envelope

provided therefor.
16. Immediately after the last member present and
desirous of voting has voted, the Speaker shall announce the
close of the poll.

17. (1) Immediately after the Speaker has complied with the
requirements of regulation 16 the Clerk shall—
(a) count the number of spoiled ballots, if any, and

place them in the special envelope;
(b) count the unused ballot papers undetached from

the book of ballot papers, and place them with
the stub of all used ballot papers in the special
envelope;

(c) check the number of ballot papers supplied by
the Speaker against the number of spoiled ballot

Secrecy of
ballot.

Manner of
voting.

Spoiled ballots.

Closing of poll.

Procedure by
Clerk after
closing of poll.

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Form 3.
Schedule.

Declaration of
election.

Report of
proceedings.

papers, if any, the number of unused ballot
papers and the number of members who cast
their votes in order to ascertain that all ballot
papers are accounted for;

(d) open the ballot box and empty its contents upon
a table;

(e) with the assistance of at least one proposer of
every candidate, if willing, count the number of
votes given to each candidate on his tally sheet.

(2) In counting the votes the Clerk shall reject all ballots—
(a) that are on ballot papers that have not been

supplied by him;
(b) that have not been marked for any candidate or

have not been marked in the manner prescribed
by these Regulations;

(c) on which votes have been given for more than
one candidate;

(d) where it cannot be established for whom the
member has voted;

(e) upon which there is any writing or mark by
which the member can be identified.

(3) No ballot shall be rejected by reason only that it has
on it any number or mark placed thereon by the Clerk.
(4) After the completion of the count, the Clerk shall
complete the Statement of the Poll in the form set out as Form 3
in the Schedule and certify a copy for the Speaker.
18. Upon the final determination of an election pursuant to
section 31 of the Constitution, the Speaker shall at the meeting of
the Electoral College at which the election was finally
determined declare the candidate who was elected President.

19. (1) An official report of the proceedings and of all
speeches made in the Electoral College shall be prepared under
the supervision of the Clerk, acting under such instructions as the
Speaker may from time to time give.

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Adjournments.

Keeping of
records.

Amendments.

Speaker to
regulate
procedure.

(2) The report shall be published in such form as the
Speaker may direct and a copy thereof shall be sent to each
member as soon as practicable.

20. A meeting of the Electoral College for an election and
any other meeting of the Electoral College may be adjourned
from time to time by a resolution for the purpose.

21. All documents, Minutes and other records of the
proceedings of the Electoral College at a meeting for an election,
including nomination papers, ballot papers, Statement of the Poll,
speeches, letters of accreditation and other communications,
shall be kept in custody of the Clerk for a period of five years
next after an election.

22. (1) The Electoral College shall, upon the summons of
the Speaker for the purpose, meet from time to time to consider
any amendments to these Regulations.
(2) Where a motion for an amendment of these
Regulations is presented to him by not less than twelve members
the Speaker shall, within ten days of the receipt thereof, summon
a meeting of the Electoral College to consider the amendments.

23. In all matters not provided for in these Regulations, the
Speaker when presiding at a meeting of the Electoral College
shall have power to regulate the conduct of business.

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Surname Other Names Address Occupation

Regulation 4(1).SCHEDULE
FORM 1

ELECTORAL COLLEGE REGULATIONS

NOMINATION PAPER
We, the undersigned members of the House of Representatives do hereby
nominate the following person as a proper person to serve as President of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and we certify that to the best of our belief
he is qualified for election under section 23 of the Constitution.

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Signatures of Proposers

I, ..................................................................................................... nominated
in the foregoing nomination paper hereby consent to such nomination as candidate
for election as President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and name as my
address for serving of process and papers under the Constitution of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago and the Electoral College Regulations—

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Francis CARTER
291, Hoyte Street
Merchant

Consecutive

No. .............................

Conrad D. BABULAH
72, Chancery Lane
Engineer

Emmanuel ABDULLAH
475, Marli Street
Insurance Broker

Stub Name and Address of Candidate Space for Placing Mark

(Back)

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC
OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

BALLOT PAPER

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Election Day:

FORM 2
(Front)

BALLOT PAPER

Regulation
10(2).

Space for
initials of
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Regulation
17(4).

FORM 3
ELECTORAL COLLEGE REGULATIONS

STATEMENT OF THE POLL
In the Electoral College

Number of ballot papers received from the Speaker ...........................
Number of ballots cast for ........................... ...........................
Number of ballots cast for ........................... ...........................
Number of ballots cast for ........................... ...........................
Number of rejected ballots ........................... ...........................

(a) Total number of ballots found in box … ...........................
(b) Number of spoiled ballot papers … … ...........................
(c) Number of unused ballot papers undetached
from the book … … … … … ...........................

Total … … … … … … ...........................

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the above statement is correct and that a copy was
handed to the Speaker.

Dated at the House of Representatives this .............. day of ..............................., 20 ......

Clerk.

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*Most of these delegations were made under section 93 of the former Constitution and were
saved and deemed to be made under the Constitution by section 13 of the
Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act. (Ch. 1:01).

158/1966.
[109/1981
232/1990
105/2006].

Citation.

Interpretation.
Sub. Leg.
below.

Delegations.
[232/1990].

First and
Second
Schedules.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
(DELEGATION OF POWERS) ORDER

*made or deemed to be made under section 127
of the Constitution

1. This Order may be cited as the Public Service
Commission (Delegation of Powers) Order.

2. In this Order, “regulation” means the Public Service
Commission Regulations and “the Regulations” shall be
construed accordingly.

3. The Public Service Commission (hereinafter called “the
Commission”) with the approval of the Prime Minister, hereby
delegates to the authorities designated in the First and Second
Schedules the powers specified therein in relation to such
authorities.

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158/1966.
[232/1990].

Powers
delegated.

Acting
appointments.
Ch. 23:01
Ch. 35:50
Ch. 13:02
Ch. 39:01
158/1966.

Powers
delegated.
Acting
appointments.

Transfers.

Further
temporary
appointment.

Confirmation.

FIRST SCHEDULE
PART I

CHAIRMAN AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN,
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

1. The Chairman and the Deputy Chairman of the Commission are
hereby delegated the power to appoint persons on recruitment from outside the
particular Service in the public service on a temporary basis in any public
office other than the public offices, the appointment to which is subject to
consultation with the Prime Minister.

2. The power delegated under paragraph 1, is in respect of the public
offices specified in the Classification of Offices set out in the First Schedule
to the Civil Service Act, the Third Schedule to the Fire Service Act, the First
Schedule to the Prison Service Act.

PART II
PERMANENT SECRETARIES AND HEADS

OF DEPARTMENTS
1. The powers delegated to Permanent Secretaries and Heads of
Departments are as follows:

(a) to appoint a public officer to act in the public office in the
Civil Service up to and including Salary Range 68 for
periods up to six months in exercise of which power, the
Permanent Secretary shall apply the principles of selection
prescribed in regulations 18 and 26 and the provisions of
regulation 25 of the Regulations;

(b) to transfer a public officer from an office in a grade in the
Ministry or Department to which such an officer is assigned to
a similar office in that grade in the same Ministry with no
alteration in remuneration up to and including Salary Range 68
and this power shall be exercised subject to the provisions of
regulation 29 of the Regulations which requires notice to be
given to such officer and to the right of such officer and to
make representations to the Commission;

(c) to appoint persons temporarily to offices in the public service
for periods not exceeding six months at a time where such
persons have already been appointed temporarily by the
Public Service Commission for a fixed period;

(d) to confirm the appointment of a public officer to a public
office after consideration of all performance appraisal reports

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and medical reports on the officer, where applicable during
the probationary period if satisfied that the service of the
officer on probation has been satisfactory.

2. The powers delegated in this Part are in respect of public officers in the
Ministry under his supervision who hold the public offices specified in Salary
Ranges Nos. 1 to 68 of the Classification of Offices set out in the First Schedule
to the Civil Service Act, except that the power to confirm appointments to public
offices applies to all offices within the Ministry or Department.

3. The powers delegated in this Part do not apply to offices, the appointment
or promotion to which is subject to consultation with the Prime Minister.

4. A Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall submit to the
Commission once in every quarter a report of the exercise of the powers
delegated to him.

PART III
DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETARIES

1. The powers delegated to Deputy Permanent Secretaries are as follows:
(a) to appoint a public officer to act in a public office in the Civil

Service in Salary Ranges up to and including Salary Range 45
for periods up to six months, in the exercise of which power
the Deputy Permanent Secretary shall apply the principles of
selection prescribed in regulations 18 and 26 and the
provisions of regulation 25 of the Regulations;

(b) to appoint persons temporarily to offices in Salary Ranges up
to and including Salary Range 45 in the Public Service for
periods not exceeding six months at a time where such
persons have already been appointed temporarily by the
Public Service Commission for a fixed period;

(c) to confirm the appointment of a public officer to a public
office in Salary Ranges up to and including Salary Range 45
after consideration of all performance appraisal reports and
medical reports on the officer where applicable during the
probationary period if satisfied that the service of the officer
on probation has been satisfactory.

2. The powers hereby delegated are in respect of public officers in the
Ministry under the supervision of the Deputy Permanent Secretary who hold
the public offices specified in Salary Ranges up to and including Salary
Range 45 of the Classification of Offices set out in the First Schedule to the
Civil Service Act.

Application.

Ch. 23:01.

Application.

Report to
Commission.

Powers
delegated.
Acting
appointments.

Further
temporary
appointment.

Confirmation.

Application.

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Application.

Report to
Commission.

Powers delegated.

Acting
appointment.

Further
temporary
appointment.

Confirmation.

Application.

Application.

Report to
Commission.

3. The powers hereby delegated do not apply to offices the appointment
or promotion to which is subject to consultation with the Prime Minister.

4. A Deputy Permanent Secretary shall submit to the Commission once
in every quarter through the Permanent Secretary a report on the exercise of
the power delegated to him.

PART IV
DIRECTORS, HUMAN RESOURCES

1. The powers delegated to Directors, Human Resources are as follows:
(a) to appoint a public officer to act in a public office in the Civil

Service up to and including Salary Range 34 for periods up
to six months, in the exercise of which power delegated the
Directors, Human Resources shall apply the principles of
selection prescribed in regulations 18 and 26 and the
provisions of regulation 25 of the Regulations;

(b) to appoint persons temporarily to offices up to and including
Salary Range 34 in the Public Service for periods not
exceeding six months at a time where such persons have
already been appointed temporarily by the Public Service
Commission for a fixed period;

(c) to confirm the appointment of a public officer to a public
office up to and including Salary Range 34 after
consideration of all performance appraisal reports and
medical reports on the officer where applicable during the
probationary period if satisfied that the service of the officer
on probation has been satisfactory.

2. The powers delegated in this Part are in respect of public officers
in the Ministry under the supervision of the Director, Human Resources,
who hold the public offices specified in Salary Ranges Nos. 1 to 34 of the
Classification of Offices set out in the First Schedule to the Civil
Service Act.

3. The powers hereby delegated do not apply to offices the appointment
or promotion to which is subject to consultation with the Prime Minister.

4. A Director, Human Resources shall submit to the Commission once
in every quarter through the Permanent Secretary a report on the exercise of
its powers delegated to him.

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Powers
delegated.

Report to
Commission.

Powers
delegated.

Report to
Commission.

Powers
delegated.

Appointment.

PART V

PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF HEALTH
1. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health is delegated the powers
to appoint persons temporarily to the offices of Clinical Instructor and
Nursing Instructor.

2. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, shall submit to the
Commission once in every quarter, a report of the exercise of the powers
delegated to him under this Part.

PART VI

THE DIRECTOR OF STATISTICS, CENTRAL
STATISTICAL OFFICE, MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND

DEVELOPMENT
1. (1) The powers delegated to the Director of Statistics, Central
Statistical Office, Ministry of Planning and Development are as follows:
(a) to appoint persons to the temporary posts of—
(i) Field Interviewer;
(ii) Clerical Assistant;
(iii) Statistical Assistant,
in the Central Statistical Office;
(b) to remove and exercise disciplinary control over any person

appointed under and in exercise of the power of appointment
delegated under paragraph (a).

(2) All appointments made under this Part shall be on a temporary basis.
(3) The Director of Statistics shall submit to the Commission once
in every quarter, a report of the exercise of any of the powers delegated under
this Part.

PART VII

THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS
1. The powers delegated to the Commissioner of Prisons are as follows:
(a) the power to appoint persons and prison officers on

promotion to offices in the Prison Service below the rank of
Prison Supervisor and to confirm the appointment of Prison
Officers to such offices in accordance with the Regulations,
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Acting
Appointment.

Transfers.
Suspension.

Resignation.

Report to
Commission.

Powers
delegated.

Appointments.

to terminate an appointment on probation or extend a period
of probation under regulation 44 of the Regulations;

(b) in the case of a person recruited for training to serve as a
prison officer below the rank of Prison Supervisor, the power
to terminate the appointment at any time on the ground of
unsuitability arising from any cause;

(c) the power to appoint prison officers to act in offices in the Prison
Service below the office of Prison Supervisor and in the exercise
of this power the Commissioner shall apply the principles of
selection prescribed in regulation 172 of the Regulations;

(d) the power to transfer prison officers from one Prison to another;
(e) the power to direct a prison officer to cease to report for duty

in accordance with regulation 88 of the Regulations and the
Commissioner shall report the exercise of this power
forthwith to the Commission;

(f) the functions of the Commission under regulation 48 of the
Regulations in respect of a prison officer in an office in the
Prison Service below the office of Prison Supervisor.

2. In the exercise of the powers delegated under paragraph 1 of this Part
to the Commissioner of Prisons to appoint persons and prison officers to
offices specified therein, the reference to the Director in regulation 166 shall
be construed as reference to the Commissioner.

3. The Commissioner shall submit to the Commission, once in every
quarter, a report of the exercise of any of the powers delegated to the
Commissioner and to any other prison officer.

PART VIII

THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER
1. The powers delegated to the Chief Fire Officer are as follows:
(a) the power to appoint persons and fire officers on promotion to

offices in the Second Division of the Fire Service below the
office of Fire Station Officer and to confirm the appointment
of Fire Officers to such offices in accordance with the
Regulations, but the power hereby delegated shall not include
power to terminate an appointment on probation or extend a
period of probation under regulation 44 of the Regulations;

(b) in the case of a person recruited for training to serve as a fire
officer below the office of Fire Station Officer, the power to

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terminate the appointment at any time on the ground of
unsuitability arising from the cause;

(c) the power to appoint fire officers to act in offices in the
Second Division of the Fire Service below the office of Fire
Station Officer and in the exercise of this power the Chief
Fire Officer shall apply the principles of selection prescribed
in regulations 154, 157 and 158, and the provisions of
regulations 154 and 155 of the Regulations;

(d) the power to transfer Fire Officers from one Division or
District or Branch in the Fire Service to another such
Division or District or Branch;

(e) the power to direct a fire officer to cease to report for duty in
accordance with regulation 88 of the Regulations and the
Chief Fire Officer shall report the exercise of this power
forthwith to the Commission;

(f) the functions of the Commission under regulation 164 of the
Regulations in respect of a fire officer in an office in the
Second Division of the Fire Service below the office of Fire
Station Officer.

2. The Chief Fire Officer shall submit to the Commission, once in every
quarter, a report of the exercise of any of the powers delegated to the Chief
Fire Officer and to any other fire officer.

PART IX

CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR, TOBAGO HOUSE OF
ASSEMBLY, TOBAGO

1. The powers delegated to the Chief Administrator, Tobago House of
Assembly, Tobago are as follows:
(a) to appoint persons on recruitment from outside the Civil

Service in a temporary capacity to an office in the Tobago
House of Assembly, subject to section 26(1) and the Sixth
Schedule of the Tobago House of Assembly Act, No. 40 of
1996 which powers are in respect of the public offices
specified in the classification of offices set out in the First
Schedule to the Civil Service Act, and which are regarded as
the basic normal entry points to the general clerical,
secretarial and manipulative classes;

(b) to appoint a public officer to act in a public office in the Civil
Service, Tobago House of Assembly, for periods up to six

Acting
Appointments.

Transfers.

Suspension.

Resignation.

Report to
Commission.

Appointments.

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Acting
Appointments.

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Application.

months whether such acting appointment is in a vacant office
or not except that where an acting appointment is made in a
vacant office the officer must be informed that such acting
appointment would not give him any prior claim to eventual
permanent appointment thereto and in respect of such power
the Chief Administrator shall apply the principles of
selection prescribed in regulations 18, 24 and 26 and the
provisions of regulation 25 of the Regulations;

(c) to transfer a public officer from an office in a grade in the
Tobago House of Assembly, to which such an officer is
assigned to a similar office in that grade within the Tobago
House of Assembly, with no alteration in his remuneration
which power shall be exercised by the Chief Administrator
subject to the provisions of regulation 29.

(d) to direct a public officer assigned to an office in the Tobago
House of Assembly, to cease to report for duty in accordance
with regulation 88 of the Regulations and the Chief
Administrator, Tobago House of Assembly, shall report the
exercise of this power forthwith to the Commission;

(e) to exercise disciplinary control in respect of any alleged act
of misconduct or indiscipline described in Column 1 of the
Second Schedule being a breach of a regulation in respect of
the Civil Service as specified in Column 2.

2. In the exercise of the powers delegated under paragraph 1(e), the
Chief Administrator shall—
(a) exercise the powers of the Commission under regulation

90(6) and (7);
(b) assign a public officer of a grade higher than that of the officer

charged with misconduct or indiscipline, but in no case of a
grade lower than that of the Clerk IV to be a disciplinary
tribunal and that officer shall hear the facts and make a report
thereon to the Chief Administrator in accordance with the
provisions respecting the function and duties of a Disciplinary
Tribunal as prescribed in the Regulations;

(c) any fine which the Chief Administrator imposes under
paragraph (e) shall not exceed an amount calculated on four
days pay per month to a maximum of three months.

3. The Chief Administrator shall submit to the Commission once in
every quarter, a report on the exercise of powers delegated to him in this Part.

4. The powers and functions delegated in this Part are in respect of
public officers who hold any of the public offices specified in Salary Ranges

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Nos. 1 to 68 inclusive of the Classification of Offices set out in the First
Schedule to the Civil Service Act, 1965, except that the powers delegated do
not apply to offices the appointment or promotion to which is subject to
consultation with the Prime Minister.

PART X
THE SENIOR PUBLIC OFFICER, HIGH COMMISSIONS,

MISSIONS AND EMBASSIES OF TRINIDAD AND
TOBAGO

1. The powers delegated to the Senior Public Officer, High Commissions,
Missions, and Embassies of Trinidad and Tobago are as follows:
(a) the power to appoint, on a temporary basis only persons resident

in the jurisdiction where the particular High Commission,
Mission or Embassy is situated to the non-representational staff
of the said High Commission, Mission or Embassy that is to say
to any office of the grade of Clerk IV and under;

(b) the power to remove and exercise disciplinary control over
any person appointed under and in exercise of the power of
appointment delegated under subparagraph (a).

PART XI
THE PERMANENT SECRETARY, CENTRAL
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, TOBAGO

1. The powers delegated to the Permanent Secretary, Central
Administrative Services, Tobago, are as follows:
(a) to appoint persons on recruitment from outside the Civil

Service in a temporary capacity to an office in a Ministry or
Department or in a Division of a Ministry or Department
located in Tobago (exclusive of offices in the Prison and Fire
Services) which power is in respect of the public offices
specified in the Classification of Offices set out in the First
Schedule to the Civil Service Act, and which are regarded as
the basic normal entry points to the general clerical,
secretarial and manipulative classes;

(b) to appoint a public officer to act in a public office in the Civil
Service and located in the Department of Central
Administrative Services, Tobago, for periods up to six
months whether such acting appointment is in a vacant post
or not except that where an acting appointment is made in a
vacant post, the officer must be informed that such acting

Powers
delegated.

Powers
delegated.

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appointment would not give him any prior claim to eventual
permanent appointment thereto, in respect of which power
the Permanent Secretary shall apply the principles of
selection prescribed in regulations 18, 24 and 26 and the
provisions of regulation 25 of the Regulations;

(c) to transfer a public officer from an office in a grade in the
Department of Central Administrative Services, Tobago to
which such an officer is assigned to a similar office in that
grade in the same Department of Central Administrative
Services, Tobago, with no alteration in his remuneration,
which power shall be exercised by the Permanent Secretary
subject to the provisions of regulation 29 of the Regulations,
which require notice to be given to such officer and which
preserves the right of such officer to make representations to
the Commission;

(d) to direct a public officer assigned to an office in the
Department of Central Administrative Services, Tobago, to
cease to report for duty in accordance with regulation 88 of
the Regulations, and the Permanent Secretary, Central
Administrative Services, Tobago shall report the exercise of
this power forthwith to the Commission;

(e) to exercise disciplinary control in respect of any alleged act
of misconduct or indiscipline described in column 1 of the
Second Schedule being a breach of a regulation in respect of
the Civil Service as specified in Column 2.

2. In exercise of the power delegated under paragraph 1(e) the
Permanent Secretary shall—
(a) exercise the powers of the Commission under regulation 90(6)

and (7);
(b) assign a public officer of a grade higher than that of the

officer charged with misconduct or indiscipline but in no
case of a grade lower than that of a Clerk IV to be a
disciplinary tribunal, and that officer shall hear the evidence,
find the facts and make a report thereon to the Permanent
Secretary in accordance with the provisions respecting the
functions and duties of a Disciplinary Tribunal as prescribed
in the Regulations.

3. Any fine which the Permanent Secretary imposes under
paragraph 1(e) shall not exceed an amount calculated on four days pay per
month to a maximum of three months.

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4. The Permanent Secretary shall submit to the Commission, once in
every quarter, a report of the exercise of any powers delegated to him.

5. The powers and functions hereby delegated under this Part are in
respect of public officers who hold any of the public offices specified in Salary
Ranges Nos. 1 to 68 inclusive of the Classification of Offices set out in the First
Schedule to the Civil Service Act, except where such offices require the holders
to perform as Heads or Deputy Heads of Ministries/Departments/Divisions and
in respect of which offices consultation with the Prime Minister is required by
the Commission.

SECOND SCHEDULE
DISCIPLINARY POWERS DELEGATED

For the purposes of regulation 85 of the Regulations, an act of misconduct
or indiscipline which the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department has
jurisdiction to hear and determine under that regulation is an act of misconduct
or indiscipline described in Column 1 of the following Table being a breach of
a regulation:
(a) in respect of officers in the Civil Service, in Chapter XI of

the Civil Service Regulations;
(b) in respect of officers in the Fire Service, in Chapter VII of the

Fire Service (Terms and Conditions of Employment)
Regulations, 1998;

(c) in respect of officers in the Prison Service, in Chapter II of
the Prison Service (Code of Conduct) Regulations, 1990,

as specified in Columns 2, 3 and 4 of that Table in respect of the Civil Service,
the Fire Service, and the Prison Service, respectively.

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Regulation 4(1)

Regulation 4(2)

Regulation 6(1)(d)

Regulation 12

Regulation 101(1)


Regulation 101(5)


Regulation 103(1)


Regulation 103(2)
and (3)


Regulation 104(1)(b)

and (2)


Regulation 110

Regulation 135(1)


Regulation 135(2)


Regulation 135(3)


Regulation 136(1)


Regulation 136(2)


Regulation 137(2)


Regulation 140

COLUMN 4
PRISON SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Prison Service

(Code of Conduct)
Regulations, 1990


COLUMN 3
FIRE SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Fire Service (Terms
and Conditions of
Employment)
Regulations, 1998

COLUMN 2
CIVIL SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Civil Service
Regulations

COLUMN 1


Description of
Misconduct

Failure to attend to
matters promptly
within scope of
office

Lack of courtesy
to a member of the
public or member
of the:

(a) Civil Service
(b) Fire Service
(c) Prison Service

Wilful failure to
perform duties

Absence without leave
or reasonable excuse

Failure to report absence
from country

Failure to disclose
activities outside
Service

Breach of rules relating
to broadcast

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Regulation 13(1)

Regulation 14

Regulation 20(1)(a)

Regulation 20(1)(b)

Regulation 20(1)(c)
Regulation 20(1)(d)


Regulation 20(2)(c)

Regulation 111


Regulation 112



Regulation 119(1)(a)




Regulation 119(1)(b)
Regulation 119(1)(c)






Regulation 119(1)(d)

Regulation 119(2)(c)

Regulation 141


Regulation 142


Regulation 149(1)(a)



Regulation 149(1)(b)
Regulation 149(1)(c)



Regulation 149(1)(d)



Regulation 149(2)(b)

COLUMN 4
PRISON SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Prison Service

(Code of Conduct)
Regulations, 1990


COLUMN 3
FIRE SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Fire Service (Terms
and Conditions of
Employment)
Regulations, 1998

COLUMN 2
CIVIL SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Civil Service
Regulations

COLUMN 1


Description of
Misconduct

Act of indebtedness
to the extent it
impairs efficiency,
etc.

Failure to notify of
bankruptcy
proceedings

Failure to perform duty
in a proper manner

Contravention of the:
(a) Civil Service
Regulations and
other written law;
(b) Fire Service (Terms
and Conditions of
Employment)
Regulations, 1998
and other
written law;
(c) Prison Service
(Code of Conduct)
Regulations, 1990

Act that is prejudicial to,
or discredits
reputation of the
Service

Disobedience to
orders

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Regulation 20(2)(d)

Regulation 20(2)(l)


Regulation 20(2)(m)


Regulation 20(2)(n)



Regulation 20(2)(p)


Regulation 20(2)(q)


Regulation 20(2)(r)

Regulation 20(2)(s)

Regulation 119(2)(d)


Regulation 119(2)(h)



Regulation 119(2)(i)


Regulation 119(2)(j)



Regulation 119(2)(l)


Regulation 119(2)(m)

Regulation 119(2)(n)


Regulation 119(2)(o)

Regulation 149(2)(d)
and (f)

Regulation 149(2)(g)



Regulation 149(2)(a)

Regulation 149(2)(a)






Regulation 149(2)(c)

COLUMN 4
PRISON SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Prison Service
(Code of Conduct)

Regulations, 1990


COLUMN 3
FIRE SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Fire Service (Terms
and Conditions of
Employment)
Regulations, 1998

COLUMN 2
CIVIL SERVICE
Reference to
Regulation of
Civil Service
Regulations

COLUMN 1


Description of
Misconduct

Neglect of duty

Unlawful or unnecessary
exercise of duty

Malingering

Absence without leave
or being late for duty

Persistently unpunctual

Damage to clothing
supplied

Unfit for duty through
drunkenness

Drinking on duty or
soliciting drink

Entering licensed
premises

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TEACHING SERVICE COMMISSION (DELEGATION OF
POWERS) ORDER

*made or deemed to be made under section 127 of the Constitution
1. This Order may be cited as the Teaching Service
Commission (Delegation of Powers) Order.
2. In this Order, “regulation” means regulation of the
Public Service Commission Regulations, which Regulations
have been adopted by the Teaching Service Commission; and
“the Regulations” shall be construed accordingly.
3. The Teaching Service Commission (hereinafter called
“the Commission”), with the approval of the Prime Minister, and
subject to the provisions set out in the Schedule, hereby delegates
to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and
Culture, in respect of the Teaching Service established under
section 53 of the Education Act, the powers specified in the
Schedule hereto.

SCHEDULE

POWERS DELEGATED
1. (1) The power to appoint persons temporarily in the office of Teacher
for both Government and Assisted Schools, for a period not exceeding three
months, from a priority list of candidates approved by the Commission.
(2) The power to remove any person appointed under and in
exercise of the power of appointment delegated under subparagraph (1).
2. (1) The power to appoint a member of the Teaching Service to act
in an office of the Teaching Service when such acting appointment is not a
prelude to a substantive appointment.
(2) In the exercise of the power delegated under subparagraph (1),
the Permanent Secretary shall apply the provisions of regulation 25, and the
principles of selection prescribed in regulation 26.
(3) The power hereby delegated does not apply to—

(a) any office in an assisted school; or

88/1969.

Citation.

Interpretation.
Sub. Leg.
below.

Delegation.

Schedule.

Ch. 39:01.

88/1969,
[146/1978].

Appointments.

Acting
appointments.

*Most of these delegations were made under section 99C of the former Constitution and were
saved and deemed to be made under the Constitution by section 13 of the Constitution of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act.

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(b) any office in the Teaching Service the appointment to which
is subject to consultation with the Prime Minister.

3. (1) The power to certify the eligibility of teachers whose Staff
Reports are not adverse, for annual increments of salary (when due).
(2) The power to certify eligibility of teachers for annual increments
hereby delegated shall not affect the duty to render Staff Reports to the
Commission in accordance with the provisions of regulation 34.
4. (1) The power to exercise disciplinary control in respect of any alleged
act of misconduct or indiscipline prescribed in *regulations 62 and 64 and in
regulation 83(2)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (h) or of any indiscipline prescribed
in regulation 84 to the extent that the Permanent Secretary may charge a member
of the Teaching Service with any offence prescribed as aforesaid and may
impose, in respect of such misconduct or indiscipline the penalty of a fine under
paragraph (g) or of a reprimand under paragraph (f) of regulation 110(1).
(2) In exercise of the powers delegated under subparagraph (1) the
Permanent Secretary shall—

(a) exercise the powers of the Commission under regulation 88(1)
and regulation 90(6) and (7); and

(b) assign a member of the Teaching Service holding an office
in a grade higher than that of the teacher charged with
misconduct or indiscipline but in no case holding an office in
a grade lower than that of a Schools Supervisor II, to be a
disciplinary tribunal, and that member shall hear the
evidence, find the facts and make a report thereon to the
Permanent Secretary in accordance with the provisions
respecting the functions and duties of a disciplinary tribunal
as prescribed in the Regulations.

(3) Any fine which the Permanent Secretary imposes under
subparagraph (1) shall not exceed an amount calculated on four days pay per
month to a maximum of three months.
5. (1) The powers hereby delegated except that concerning increments
are in respect of public offices in the Teaching Service specified in Ranges
Nos. 4 to 40A (inclusive) of the Classification of Offices set out in the First
Schedule to the Education Act.
(2) The power to exercise disciplinary control hereby delegated
does not extend to a member of the Teaching Service who is the holder of an
office in an assisted school.
6. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture shall
submit to the Commission once in every month, a report of the exercise of the
powers delegated under paragraph 1 of this Schedule.
7. The Permanent Secretary shall submit to the Commission once in
every quarter a report of the exercise of any of the powers delegated to the
Permanent Secretary under paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of this Schedule.

Increments.

Discipline.

Application.

Ch. 39:01.

Monthly report
to Commission.

Quarterly report
to Commission.

*Regulations 60 to 83 of the Public Service Commission Regulations were Revoked by
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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY
1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
2A. Application and saving of regulations to officers in the Fire Service.

CHAPTER II

THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
3. Oath of Office.
4. Meetings.
5. Procedure, quorum and voting.
6. Decisions other than at meetings.
7. Record of meetings and decisions.
Dissents.
8. Consultation with other persons.
9. Non-compliance.
10. Instrument of delegation to be published.

CHAPTER III

APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
11. Application for appointment.
12. Selection for appointment on basis of competitive examination.
13. Filling of vacancies.
14. Appointments to be by competition within the particular service.
15. Advertisement of vacancies.
16. Selection Boards.
17. Examination Boards.
18. Principle of selection for promotion.
19. Promotion to Administrative Class.

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ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS—Continued

REGULATION
20. Seniority lists to be kept up-to-date.
21. Seniority of officer to be reckoned from date of appointment

or reappointment.
22. Commission to determine seniority.
23. Commencing pay.
24. Principles of selection for acting appointment as prelude

to appointment.
25. Permanent Secretary to notify eligible officers of vacancy.
26. Principles of selection for acting appointment not as prelude

to appointment.
27. Permanent Secretary to submit recommendations in advance.
28. Permanent Secretary to state reasons for passing over officers.
29. Transfers.
30. Officer to assume duties pending review of transfer order.
Exception.
31. Date of appointment.
32. Medical examination on appointment.
33. Exemption from medical examination.

CHAPTER IV
STAFF REPORTS

34. Staff Reports.
35. Officer to be informed of adverse report.
36. (Revoked by LN 282/1998).

CHAPTER V
PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENTS

37. Period of probation on first appointment.
38. Period of probation on appointment.
39. Period of probation on promotion.
40. Waiver of portion of period of probation.

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41. Principles to be observed while officer on probation.
42. Confidential reports on officer on probation.
43. Officer may make representation on recommendation of

Permanent Secretary.
44. Commission to confirm appointment.
45. Incremental date when period of probation extended.
46. Permanent Secretary to keep record.
47. Permanent Secretary not to allow payment out of public funds in

certain circumstances.

CHAPTER VI
RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND TERMINATION

OF APPOINTMENTS
48. Resignation.
49. Abandonment.
50. Reasons for termination of appointment.
51. Compulsory and voluntary retirement.
52. Permanent Secretary to notify Director of officers aged 60 years,

compulsory.
53. Premature retirement.
54. Retirement in the public interest.
55. Termination of appointment on abolition of office or for facilitating

improvement in the organisation of a Ministry or Department.
56. Termination of appointment on grounds of inefficiency.
57. (Revoked by LN 282/1998).
58. Medical Boards.
59. Unfit officers.

CHAPTER VII
CONDUCT

60.
to

83.

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ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS—Continued

REGULATION
CHAPTER VIII
DISCIPLINE
GENERAL

84. Officer liable to disciplinary proceedings.
84A. Definition.
84B. Commission to exercise disciplinary control on Permanent Secretary

or Head of Department.
85. Permanent Secretary to report misconduct or indiscipline.
86. Permanent Secretary may inform Police of offence.
87. Commission to issue instructions on how certain cases to be

dealt with.
88. Suspension by Commission.
89. Interdiction.
90. Investigation of charges.
91. Documents to be supplied to accused.
92. Officer to admit or deny charge in writing and may include

explanation.
93. Hearing on failure to admit or deny charge.
94. Witnesses.
95. Appointment of disciplinary tribunal.
96. Duty of officers appointed to disciplinary tribunal.
97. Officer on charge not to be permitted leave.
98. Procedure at hearing.
99. Adjournment of hearing.
100. Hearing in absence of accused officer.
101. Standard of proof.
102. Tribunal to report.
Report confidential.
103. Disciplinary tribunal may adjourn and report to Commission.
104. Disciplinary tribunal to report where evidence insufficient.

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105. Disciplinary tribunal to report evidence of other misconduct or
indiscipline disclosed at hearing of charges.

106. Penalties that may be awarded under delegated authority.
107. Commission to inform officer of penalty imposed and of his right to

apply for review.
108. Commission may remove officer in public interest.
109. Proceedings in private.
110. Penalties.
111.

to (Revoked by LN 28/1991).
113.
114. Non-payment of remuneration on conviction of a criminal charge.

CHAPTER IX
REVIEWS

115.
to (Revoked by LN 28/1991).

122.

CHAPTER X
MISCELLANEOUS

123. Application of Regulations to all officers.
124. Commission facsimile signatures.

CHAPTER XI
THE TEACHING SERVICE

PART I
PRELIMINARY

125. Definitions.

PART II
APPOINTMENTS

126. Application for first appointment.
127. Duty of Permanent Secretary to keep separate seniority lists for

primary school teachers.

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REGULATION
128. Vacancies in Government schools.
129. Vacancies in assisted schools.
130. Advertising of vacancy by Commission in certain circumstances.
131. Director to advertise vacancies.
132. Duty of Permanent Secretary re applications in response

to advertisements.
133. Commission to make appointment to assisted schools.

TRANSFERS
(GENERAL)

134. Application for transfer.
135. Orders of transfer. Review of orders.
136. Officer to assume duties pending review of transfer order.

TRANSFERS
(SPECIAL)

137. Board of Management may request transfer of teacher.
138. Application to be in writing.
139. Board to give teacher notice of application.
140. Teacher may make representation.
141. Decision of Commission.
142. Commission may institute disciplinary proceedings.
143. Teacher not to suffer loss of service, etc., through transfers.
144. No transfer without consent of Board.
145. Application of Regulations.

CHAPTER XII
THE FIRE SERVICE

PART I
PRELIMINARY

146. Definitions.

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PART II
APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS

147. Commission to determine forms.
148. Date of appointment.
149. Application for appointment as Firefighter.
150. Appointment to office of Firefighter.
151. Application for appointment to an office in the Service (other than

Firefighter).
152. Appointment generally to be by competition within the Service.
153. Commission may consider eligible officers who fail to apply.
154. Criteria for acting appointment.
155. Officers to be informed of acting appointment.
156. Chief Fire Officer to submit recommendations in advance.
157. Acting appointment in special circumstances.
158. Criteria for promotion.
159. Performance appraisal report.
160. Process of promotion in the Fire Service.
161. Transfer.
162. (N.B.—LN 282/1998 which amended the Regulations did not

contain regulation 162).

PART III
CONFIRMATION

163. Confirmation or otherwise.

PART IV
RESIGNATION, RETIREMENT

163A. Resignation.
163B. Removal on abandonment.
163C. Retirement.
163D. Commission to issue instructions on matters not dealt with in

Regulations re Fire Officer.

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CHAPTER XIII
THE PRISON SERVICE

PART I
PRELIMINARY

164. Definitions.

PART II
APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS

165. Commission to determine form of application.
166. Application for appointment of Prison Officer I.
167. Appointment of office in senior grade.
168. Establishment of Promotions Advisory Board.
169. (Revoked by LN 107/2000).
170. Appointments to be by competition within the Prison Service.
171. Advertisement of vacancies.
172. Principles of selection for promotion.
173. Director and Commissioner to keep seniority lists.
174.

to (Revoked by LN 28/1991).
176.
177. Commissioner to submit recommendations in advance.
178. Commissioner to state reasons for passing over officers.
179. Rule where power to appoint delegated.

PART III
DISCIPLINE

180.
181.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
SECOND SCHEDULE.

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* These Regulations were made under section 102 of the former Constitution, and continue in
force by virtue of section 29(3) of the Interpretation Act (Ch. 3:01).

† These Regulations are amended by 47 of 1980; 28/1991; 108/1991; 238/1998; 267/1998;
282/1998; 107/2000; 173/2000; 143/2006; 174/2007; 267/2007; 41/2008 and 41/2009.

132/1966.†

Citation.

Interpretation.
[28/1991].

Ch. 23:01.

Ch. 35:50.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION REGULATIONS
*deemed to be made under section 129 of the Constitution

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Public Service
Commission Regulations.
2. In these Regulations—
“acting appointment” means the temporary appointment of an

officer to a higher office or otherwise whether that office is
vacant or not;

“appointment” means the placing of a person in an office in the
public service;

“the Chairman” means the Chairman of the Commission;
“Civil Service” means the Civil Service Established by the Civil

Service Act;
“the Commission” means the Public Service Commission

constituted under section 120 of the Constitution;
“the Constitution” means the Constitution of The Republic of

Trinidad and Tobago;
“Director” means the Director of Personnel Administration;
“Fire Service” means the Fire Service established by the Fire

Service Act;
“Gazette” means the Gazette published by the order of the

Government and includes supplements thereto and any
Extraordinary Gazette so published;

“Head of Department” means the officer charged with the
administration of a Department not under the control of
a Minister;

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Ch. 13:02.

Application and
saving of
regulations to
officers in the
Fire Service.
[282/1998
267/1998].

*See LN 267/1998 published as Legal Supplement Part B in the Gazette—Vol. 37 No. 194
dated 15th October 1998.

“officer” means a person employed in that part of the public
service established respectively as the Civil Service, the
Fire Service, the Prison Service, or any other service in the
public service who is subject to the jurisdiction of the
Commission and, for the purposes of section 53 of the
Education Act, shall be deemed to include all persons
employed in the Teaching Service;

“prescribed form” means the appropriate form as may from time
to time be prescribed by the Commission;

“Prison Service” means the Prison Service established by the
Prison Service Act;

“promotion” means the appointment of an officer to an office in
a grade carrying a higher remuneration whether such office
be in the same Ministry or Department or not;

“public office” includes a public office in the Civil Service, the
Fire Service, the Prison Service and for the purposes of
section 53 of the Education Act, shall be deemed to include
an office in the Teaching Service;

“public service” includes the Civil Service, the Fire Service,
the Prison Service and for the purposes of section 53
of the Education Act, shall be deemed to include the
Teaching Service;

“secondment” means the transfer of an officer in a particular
service to serve for a period in an office in another service
or in an office in the public service or in an office under
another Government or under a Statutory Board or
organisation approved by the President;

“Teaching Service” means the unified Teaching Service
established under section 53 of the Education Act.

*2A. (1) Regulations contained in Chapter III to Chapter VI
(inclusive) of the Public Service Commission Regulations
(other than regulations 16, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58 and 59)
shall cease to apply in respect of an officer in the Fire Service
on the commencement of the Fire Service (Terms and
Conditions of Employment) Regulations, 1998.

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Oath of Office.

Form I.
First Schedule.

Form II.
First Schedule.

Meetings.

Procedure,
quorum and
voting.

(2) Where, at the date of the commencement of the
Fire Service (Terms and Conditions of Employment)
Regulations, 1998, an action has been taken in respect of an
officer in the Fire Service or a benefit, including a permission
or approval, has been given to an officer in the Fire Service under
a regulation referred to in subregulation (1) that ceases to apply
to fire officers, that action, privilege or benefit shall remain in
force and in effect notwithstanding the cessation of the
application of that regulation.

CHAPTER II
THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

3. (1) The Chairman and other members of the Commission
shall, as soon as possible after appointment, take the oath or make
the affirmation set out in Form I of the First Schedule.
(2) Every person appointed a member of the staff of
the Commission shall, as soon as possible after appointment,
take the oath or make the affirmation set out in Form II of the
First Schedule.

4. (1) The Commission shall meet as often as may be
necessary for the purpose of performing its functions and such
meetings shall be held on such days and at such time and place
as the Chairman shall determine.
(2) Where a member fails to attend at least four
meetings in any one month over a period of three months
without reasonable excuse, the Commission shall make a report
to the President.

5. (1) The Chairman, or in his absence the Deputy
Chairman, shall preside at meetings of the Commission, and in
the absence of the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman from any
meeting, the members present shall elect one of their number to
preside at that meeting.
(2) At any meeting of the Commission three members
shall constitute a quorum.

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Decisions other
than at
meetings.

Record of
meetings and
decisions.

Dissents.

Consultation
with other
persons.

(3) All questions for discussion at a meeting of the
Commission shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the
members present and voting.
(4) The Chairman or other member presiding at a
meeting shall have an original vote, and in the event of an
equality of votes, he shall have as well a second or casting vote.

6. (1) Notwithstanding regulation 5 but subject to
subregulation (2), questions may also be decided by the
Commission without a meeting by circulation of the relevant
papers among the members and the expression of their views in
writing, and in such case the decision shall be the view of the
majority of members expressing a view.
(2) If any member requires that a matter or question
being dealt with by circulation of the relevant papers shall be
reserved for consideration at the next following meeting of the
Commission, no decision shall be made on that matter or
question except at a meeting of the Commission.

7. (1) The Director shall ensure that Minutes of all
meetings of the Commission and of all decisions arrived at under
regulation 6, shall be duly recorded and kept and that the same be
presented for confirmation by the Commission as soon as
practicable at a subsequent meeting or by individual members on
circulation thereof.
(2) Any member of the Commission who dissents from
a decision may require that his dissent and reasons for dissenting
be recorded in the Minutes.

8. The Commission in considering any matter or question
may consult with any such public officer or other person as the
Commission may consider proper and desirable and may require
any public officer to attend for the purpose of assisting the
Commission in its deliberations and producing any official
documents relating to such matter or question.

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Non-
compliance.

Instrument of
delegation to be
published.

Application for
appointment.

Selection for
appointment on
basis of
competitive
examination.
Ch. 23:01.
Sub. Leg.

9. Any public officer who without reasonable cause or
excuse fails to appear before the Commission when required to
do so, or who fails to comply with any request made by the
Commission or with any requirement of these Regulations
shall be guilty of misconduct.

10. (1) Whenever the Commission delegates any of its
powers to any of its members or to any public officer in accordance
with section 127(1) of the Constitution, the Director shall cause
notice of such delegation to be published in the Gazette.
(2) A notice published under subregulation (1) shall
contain the following information:
(a) the powers delegated;
(b) the person or persons to whom such delegation

is made;
(c) the extent of such delegation;
(d) the terms and conditions of such delegation and

the manner in which matters dealt with under such
delegated authority may reach the Commission.

(3) Any power so delegated shall be exercised in
such manner as the Commission may direct.
(4) Every delegation under this regulation shall
be revocable.

CHAPTER III
APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS

11. Every application for first appointment to the public
service shall be addressed to the Director on the prescribed form.

12. (1) Candidates for permanent appointment to public
offices in the clerical or secretarial classes as prescribed by the
Civil Service Regulations and to such other classes in the public
service as the Commission may from time to time specify, shall
be selected on the basis of written competitive examinations
and interviews.

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Filling of
vacancies.
[267/2007].

(2) A candidate who fails the examination for entry
into the public service in the class or classes specified in
subregulation (1) in any year, shall, if he wishes to be considered
for a permanent appointment, reapply and resubmit himself for
the examination in any following year, notwithstanding that he
may have held an acting appointment in the meantime.
(3) A candidate who passes the examination for entry
into the class or classes specified in subregulation (1) in any year
but fails to obtain an appointment shall, if he wishes to be
considered for a permanent appointment, be required to reapply
and resubmit himself for examination in any following year, but
the Commission may, in such case as it shall think fit, waive the
requirements of this subregulation.

13. (1) As soon as it is known that a vacancy will occur the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall communicate
to the Director in writing and shall make his recommendations
regarding the filling of the vacancy.
(2) Where a vacancy exists for more than three months
and no request has been made by the Permanent Secretary or
Head of Department for the filling of the vacant post, the Director
shall send to each Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
a statement of existing vacancies in his Ministry or Department
requesting early recommendations for filling vacancies.
(3) If recommendations, or satisfactory explanations for a
lack thereof, are not received within a month, the Director shall
report the fact to the Commission and the Commission shall
require the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department to inform
it of the reasons for failure to request the filling of the vacancy.
(4) The Director shall, from time to time by circular
memorandum or by publication in the Gazette, give notice of
vacancies which exist in the particular service and any officer may
make application for appointment to any such vacancy. Such
application shall be forwarded through the appropriate Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department to the Director, but the failure to

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Appointments
to be by
competition
within the
particular
service.

Advertisement
of vacancies.

Selection
Boards.
[267/2007].

apply shall not prejudice the consideration of the claims of all
eligible public officers.
(5) Notwithstanding subregulation (4), a Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department may with the consent of the
Public Service Commission and in consultation with the Director
of Personnel Administration by—
(a) circular memorandum; and
(b) publication in the Gazette,
give notice of vacancies which exist in offices specific to the
particular Ministry or Department to which any eligible officer
may apply.
(6) An application to fill a vacancy as advertised
pursuant to subregulation (5) shall be made directly to the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department.
(7) The failure of an eligible officer to apply for a
vacancy as advertised pursuant to subregulation (5) shall not
prejudice the Commission’s consideration of the claims by
that officer.
14. Whenever in the opinion of the Commission it is possible
to do so and it is in the best interest of the particular service
within the public service, appointments shall be made from
within the particular service by competition, subject to any
Regulations limiting the number of appointments that may be
made to any specified office in the particular service.
15. Where the Commission considers either that there is no
suitable candidate already in the particular service available for
the filling of any vacancy or that having regard to qualifications,
experience and merit, it would be advantageous and in the best
interest of the particular service that the services of a person not
already in that service be secured, the Commission may authorise
the advertisement of such vacancy.
16. (1) The Commission may from time to time appoint one
or more Selection Boards to assist in the selection of candidates

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Examination
Boards.

Principle of
selection for
promotion.

for appointment to the public service and the composition of any
such Board and the form in which its reports are to be submitted
shall be in the discretion of the Commission.
(2) On consideration of any report of a Selection Board,
the Commission may, in its discretion, summon for interview any
of the candidates recommended by such Board.
(3) Where a Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department has issued a notice of vacancy pursuant to regulation
13(5), that Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
appoint a Selection Board to assist in the selection of a candidate
for appointment to the vacancy.
(4) The Selection Board appointed under subregulation (3)
shall include the Director or his representative and shall be
constituted in accordance with guidelines issued by the Public
Service Commission.
(5) A Selection Board appointed under subregulation (3)
shall follow the procedures outlined by the Public Service
Commission in “Guidelines for the selection of candidates”
issued from time to time.
(6) The report of a Selection Board appointed under
subregulation (3) shall be submitted to the Public Service
Commission for consideration and the Commission may in its
discretion summon for interview any of the candidates
recommended by that Selection Board.
17. (1) All examinations to be held under these Regulations
shall be set and the papers marked by such Examination Board as
may be appointed for the purpose.
(2) The Director shall be responsible for the conduct of
examinations set under subregulation (1).

18. (1) In considering the eligibility of officers for promotion,
the Commission shall take into account the seniority, experience,
educational qualifications, merit and ability, together with relative
efficiency of such officers, and in the event of an equality of

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efficiency of two or more officers, shall give consideration to
the relative seniority of the officers available for promotion to
the vacancy.
(2) The Commission, in considering the eligibility of
officers under subregulation (1) for an appointment on
promotion, shall attach greater weight to—
(a) seniority, where promotion is to an office that

involves work of a routine nature, or
(b) merit and ability, where promotion is to an office

that involves work of progressively greater and
higher responsibility and initiative than is
required for an office specified in paragraph (a).

(3) In the performance of its functions under
subregulations (1) and (2), the Commission shall take into
account as respects each officer—
(a) his general fitness;
(b) the position of his name on the seniority list;
(c) any special qualifications;
(d) any special courses of training that he may have

undergone (whether at the expense of
Government or otherwise);

(e) the evaluation of his overall performance as
reflected in annual staff reports by any
Permanent Secretary, Head of Department or
other senior officer under whom the officer
worked during his service;

(f) any letters of commendation or special reports in
respect of any special work done by the officer;

(g) the duties of which he has had knowledge;
(h) the duties of the office for which he is a candidate;
(i) any specific recommendation of the Permanent

Secretary for filling the particular office;
(j) any previous employment of his in the public

service, or otherwise;

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Promotion to
Administrative
Class.
Ch. 23:01.
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Seniority lists
to be kept
up-to-date.

Seniority of
officer to be
reckoned from
date of
appointment or
reappointment.

(k) any special reports for which the Commission
may call;

(l) his devotion to duty.
(4) In addition to the requirements prescribed in
subregulations (1), (2) and (3), the Commission shall consider
any specifications that may be required from time to time for
appointment to the particular office.

19. Promotion to the Administrative Class as prescribed by the
Civil Service Regulations shall be determined by the order of merit
in an examination fixed for the purpose, and such examination
shall be open to all officers in the Civil Service holding an office
not lower than that of Principal Officer or other comparable office.

20. (1) The Director shall keep up-to-date seniority lists of all
officers holding offices in the several grades in the public service.
(2) The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
shall keep in the prescribed form, up-to-date seniority lists of all
officers holding offices in the several grades in his Ministry or
Department, for the purpose of making recommendations for
promotion and acting appointments.
(3) The seniority of an officer shall be determined by the
date of his appointment to the particular grade within the range in
which he is serving. The seniority of officers promoted to the
same grade from the same date shall be determined by their
seniority in their former grade.
(4) Where officers have entered the particular service
within the public service by competitive examination and are
appointed to the same grade in a range with effect from the same
date, the relative seniority of such officers shall be determined
according to their performance in such examination.

21. The seniority of an officer who voluntarily resigns from
the public service and is subsequently reappointed to it shall be
reckoned from the date of his reappointment.

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Commission to
determine
seniority.

Commencing
pay.

Principles of
selection for
acting
appointment as
prelude to
appointment.

Permanent
Secretary to
notify eligible
officers of
vacancy.

22. In any case not covered by regulation 20 or 21, the
Commission shall determine the seniority of the officer.

23. The Commission may authorise payment to an officer
of a commencing pay at an incremental point higher than the
minimum in the scale attaching to the office to which he is
appointed or promoted.

24. (1) The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
shall ensure that any recommendation made in relation to an
acting appointment as a prelude to a substantive appointment
shall be based on the principles prescribed in regulation 18.
(2) Where, in the exigencies of the particular service,
it has not been practicable to apply the principles prescribed in
regulation 18, an officer selected for an acting appointment in
consequence of a recommendation made under subregulation (1)
shall not thereby have any special claim to the
substantive appointment.
(3) In considering the claims of eligible candidates for
a substantive appointment, the Commission shall take into
account the claims of all eligible officers.

25. (1) Where an acting appointment falls to be made
whether as a prelude to a substantive appointment or not, the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall notify
those officers within the Ministry or Department who are eligible
for consideration.
(2) The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
shall, after notification as required by subregulation (1), allow a
period of seven days to elapse before forwarding any
recommendations in relation to such acting appointment, for the
purpose of allowing the officers of the Ministry or Department to
make representations on the filling of such vacancy.
(3) Where representations have been made by or on
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Principles of
selection for
acting
appointment
not as prelude
to appointment.

Permanent
Secretary to
submit
recommendations
in advance.

Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall forward
such representations in their original form to the Director.
(4) Where a vacancy occurs in an office and an acting
appointment falls to be made for a period not likely to exceed
twenty-eight days as a result of sudden illness or other very
special circumstances, the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department may appoint an officer to act for such period and
the provisions of subregulations (1), (2) and (3) shall not apply
to such acting appointment.
26. (1) Where an acting appointment falls to be made
otherwise than as a prelude to a substantive appointment, the
officer appointed shall—
(a) as a general rule be the senior officer in the

Ministry or Department eligible for such
acting appointment;

(b) assume and discharge the duties and
responsibilities of the office to which he is
appointed to act.

(2) In submitting any recommendations for an acting
appointment, the Commission shall examine whether the exigencies
of the particular service would best be served by transferring an
officer from another district next in line of seniority to act when there
is an officer in the same district who is capable of performing the
duties of the higher grade, and in such examination the question of
additional Government expenditure for travelling and subsistence
allowances and other expenditure shall be borne in mind.
27. The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
submit, well in advance, recommendations for acting
appointments to permit of their consideration by the Commission
before the date on which the acting appointment is intended to
become effective, but the Commission may waive the provisions
of this regulation where the necessity to submit recommendations
has been occasioned by sudden illness, or very special
circumstances or in any other circumstances which the
Commission may consider appropriate.

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Permanent
Secretary to
state reasons
for passing over
officers.

Transfers.

Officer to
assume duties
pending review
of transfer
order.

Exception.

28. In submitting recommendations for acting appointments,
Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments shall state the
reasons why officers, if any, are being passed over.
29. (1) Where the Commission proposes to transfer an
officer, the Commission shall, except where the exigencies of the
particular service do not permit, make an order of transfer in
writing and shall give not less than one month’s notice to an
officer who is to be transferred.
(2) An officer who is aggrieved by an order under
subregulation (1) may make representation to the Commission
for a review of the order in accordance with subregulation (3).
(3) Where an officer desires to make representation
to the Commission for a review of an order made under
subregulation (1), he shall give notice in writing to the Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department within seven days of the receipt
of such order and shall submit, with the notice, his
representations in writing.
(4) The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
shall, within seven days, forward any representations made to
him in writing under subregulation (3), together with his
comments thereon to the Commission.
(5) The Commission shall consider the representations
of the officer and the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department submitted to it under subregulations (3) and (4) and
shall communicate its decision in writing.
30. (1) Notwithstanding that an officer in respect of whom
an order has been made under regulation 29(1) has made
representation under subregulations (2) and (3) of the said
regulation, the officer shall assume his duties on transfer pending
the review of the order by the Commission.
(2) Where the order of transfer involves the exchange of
an officer in an office in a grade to another office in the same
grade, the officer shall not assume his duties on transfer pending
the review of the order by the Commission.

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Date of
appointment.

Medical
examination on
appointment.

Exemption
from medical
examination.

31. (1) The date of appointment to an office in a particular
service within the public service shall normally be the date on
which the officer assumes substantively the duties of the office to
which he has been appointed.
(2) The date of appointment on promotion shall be such
date as the Commission shall specify.
(3) If an officer is selected for appointment from outside
Trinidad and Tobago, the date of appointment shall be the date
specified in the letter of appointment.

32. (1) A candidate selected for appointment shall undergo
a medical examination by a Government Medical Officer and
shall not be confirmed in his appointment unless and until he has
been passed as medically fit.
(2) The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department to
which the candidate has been assigned, shall make appropriate
arrangements for the new appointee to be medically examined as
soon as practicable after his assumption of duty.
(3) The Government Medical Officer who examines the
new appointee shall submit his medical report on the prescribed
form to the Director under confidential cover as soon as
practicable after the examination.
(4) The Director shall inform the new appointee whether
the medical report is favourable or unfavourable.
(5) All communications relating to the medical report on
a new appointee shall be strictly confidential and any officer who
communicates the details of any such medical report to any other
person except for the purpose of, and as provided for in this
regulation, shall be guilty of misconduct and be liable to
dismissal from the public service.
33. An officer selected for appointment to an office in a
service within the public service, other than the particular
service in which he holds an office and who has undergone a
medical examination by a medical officer in the public service

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L.R.O.

Staff Reports.

Officer to be
informed of
adverse report.

for appointment to that particular service may be exempted from
further medical examination as a candidate on appointment to
any other service in the public service.

CHAPTER IV
STAFF REPORTS

34. (1) A Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
forward to the Director in each year—
(a) in respect of all officers who are within the scale

of pay, a staff report not later than sixty days
before an increment is due to an officer; and

(b) in respect of all officers who are at the maximum
in the scale of pay or who receive a fixed pay, a
staff report not later than the anniversary of the
date of appointment of an officer to the office.

(2) A staff report shall relate to the period of service
during the immediately preceding twelve months.
(3) In the preparation of a staff report, the Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department shall be guided by his own
deliberate judgment and shall in such report—
(a) make an unbiased assessment of the officer’s

performance and conduct over the past twelve
months; and

(b) give an indication of the future prospects of
the officer.

(4) A staff report shall be in such form as may from time
to time be prescribed by the Commission and shall be made in
respect of every officer whether he holds an acting appointment,
a temporary appointment or is employed for a specified period.
35. In order that an officer may be given every opportunity
to correct any shortcomings which he might evince during the
course of the twelve months’ period of service to be reported on,
a Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall—
(a) as and when such shortcomings are noticed, cause

the officer to be informed in writing thereof;

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Period of
probation on
first
appointment.

Period of
probation on
appointment.

Period of
probation on
promotion.

(b) when adverse markings are included in the
staff report, cause the officer to be informed in
writing thereof before he submits the report to
the Director.

36. (Revoked by LN 282/1998).
CHAPTER V

PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENTS
37. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, an officer
on first appointment to the public service shall be required to
serve on probation for a period of two years.

38. (1) Where an officer is to be appointed to an office in
which he has satisfactorily performed the duties, whether in an
acting or temporary capacity or on secondment for periods of equal
or longer duration than the period of probation prescribed by
regulation 39, the officer shall not be required to serve on probation.
(2) Where an officer is appointed on promotion to an
office in which he has acted satisfactorily for periods of less
duration than the period of probation prescribed by regulation 39,
not more than one year and not less than six months acting
service shall be offset against the period of probation.
(3) Where an officer is appointed on probation to an
office in which he has not acted satisfactorily, the Commission
shall determine the period of probation to be served.

39. (1) Subject to regulation 38, an officer who is appointed
on promotion to an office shall be required to serve on probation
for one year in the office to which he is promoted.
(2) Subject to subregulation (3), where within two
years immediately preceding his promotion an officer has served
in an acting appointment in the office to which he is promoted,
the period of probation shall be abated by the extent of the
aggregate of service in such acting appointment unless the
Commission otherwise directs.

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Waiver of
portion of
period of
probation.

Principles to be
observed while
officer on
probation.

(3) In calculating the aggregate of service in an acting
appointment for the purpose of subregulation (2), only
continuous service of three months or more shall count.
(4) Where an officer is transferred from one Ministry or
Department to another, the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department shall take immediate steps to ensure the release of
such officer to assume duties in his new office on the date fixed
by the Commission.
(5) Where an officer is promoted and transferred from
one Ministry or Department to another and the exigencies of the
service preclude his assumption of duties in his new office on the
date fixed by the Commission, the period of probation shall be
deemed to commence from such date.

40. Where an officer is promoted before he has completed
the full period of probation in the lower office, the unserved
portion of that period of probation shall be deemed to be waived
and the officer deemed to be confirmed in that appointment.

41. The following principles shall be observed for the
treatment of an officer during his period of probation:
(a) the officer on probation shall be given an

opportunity to learn his work and be tested as to
his suitability for it;

(b) he shall be accorded all possible facilities for
acquiring experience in his duties;

(c) he shall be subject to continual and
sympathetic supervision;

(d) so far as the exigencies of the service permit, he
shall be assigned to duty only where such
observation is possible; and

(e) if at any time during his period of probation he
shall exhibit tendencies which render it in any
way doubtful that he is likely to become fit for
confirmation in his appointment, these shall at

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Confidential
reports on
officer on
probation.

once be drawn to his attention in writing by the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
and he shall be given such assistance as may be
possible to enable him to correct his faults.

42. (1) In the case of an officer serving a two-year period of
probation, the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
submit to the Director three confidential reports as follows:
(a) a first report after the officer has completed one

year’s service;
(b) an interim report six months before the period of

probation expires; and
(c) a final report one month before the period of

probation expires.
(2) In the case of an officer serving a period of probation
of one year, two confidential reports shall be submitted as follows:
(a) a first report six months before the period of

probation expires;
(b) a final report one month before the period of

probation expires.
(3) The Director shall report to the Commission
whenever a Permanent Secretary or Head of Department fails to
submit a confidential report on an officer on probation within the
terms specified in this regulation.
(4) In submitting the final report, the Permanent Secretary
or Head of Department shall make a firm recommendation—
(a) that the officer be confirmed in the

appointment; or
(b) that the period of probation be extended; or
(c) that the services of the officer be terminated; or
(d) that the officer revert to his former office.
(5) A report of the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department under this regulation shall not be seen by the officer
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Officer may
make
representation
on
recommendation
of Permanent
Secretary.

Commission to
confirm
appointment.

Incremental
date where
period of
probation
extended.

specific terms; the officer shall be notified in writing in duplicate
as early as possible, so that he should have sufficient time in
which to make an effort to correct his shortcomings before his
period of probation expires. The officer shall retain the original
notification and shall sign the duplicate and return it to the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department for the record.

43. (1) Before any recommendation is made to the
Commission for the extension of the period of probation of an
officer or for the termination of his appointment, the Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department shall inform the officer of this
recommendation and of the specific reasons therefor and he
shall invite the officer to submit any representations he may
wish to make.
(2) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, the
first appointment on probation of an officer may, at any time
during the period of probation, be terminated by the Commission.

44. (1) If, after consideration of the final report of the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department, the Commission is
satisfied that the service of an officer on probation has been
satisfactory, the Commission shall confirm his appointment with
effect from the date of appointment.
(2) If the Commission is not satisfied that the service of
an officer on probation has been satisfactory, the Commission
may extend the period of probation for a further period.

45. Where the period of probation of an officer has been
extended and he is subsequently confirmed in his appointment,
the Commission may direct that the officer’s increment be paid—
(a) with effect from the date following that on

which the extended period of probation expired
without change in the incremental date; or

(b) with effect from the date following that on
which the extended period of probation expired
which would then become his incremental date.

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Permanent
Secretary to
keep record.

Permanent
Secretary not to
allow payment
out of public
funds in certain
circumstances.

Resignation.

Abandonment.

Reasons for
termination of
appointment.

46. A Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall keep
a record of every officer who has been appointed on probation to
an office in his Ministry or Department.

47. The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
ensure that no payment shall be made out of public funds in
respect of any matter requiring the approval of the Commission
until such approval has been obtained.

CHAPTER VI
RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND TERMINATION

OF APPOINTMENTS
48. (1) An officer who wishes to resign shall give to the
Commission notice in writing of his intention at least one month
before the date on which he wishes to relinquish his appointment,
but the Commission may waive the requirement of notice in
whole or in part if it thinks fit.
(2) Notwithstanding any regulation respecting the non-
forfeiture of leave, an officer who fails without reasonable cause
to comply with subregulation (1) may forfeit all leave and the
benefits and privileges accruing to him in respect of leave.
(3) An officer is not entitled to withdraw his notice of
resignation before such resignation becomes effective but the
Commission may accept such withdrawal if tendered in writing
at any time before the effective date of the resignation.

49. An officer who is absent from duty without leave for a
period of one month may be declared by the Commission to have
resigned his office and thereupon the office becomes vacant and
the officer ceases to be an officer.

50. The services of an officer may be terminated only for the
reasons stated hereafter—
(a) where the officer holds a permanent appointment—
(i) on dismissal or removal in consequence

of disciplinary proceedings;

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Compulsory
and voluntary
retirement.
[41/2009].

(ii) on compulsory retirement;
(iii) on voluntary retirement;
(iv) on retirement for medical reasons;
(v) on being retired in the public interest;
(vi) on resignation without benefits payable

under any written law providing for
the grant of pensions, gratuities
or compensation;

(vii) on the abolition of office;
(b) where the officer holds a temporary appointment—
(i) on the expiry or other termination of an

appointment for a specified period;
(ii) where the office itself is of a temporary

nature and is no longer necessary;
(iii) on the termination of appointment in the

case of an officer on probation;
(iv) on the termination of appointment in the

case of an officer holding a non-
pensionable office with no service in a
pensionable office;

(v) on dismissal or removal in consequence
of disciplinary proceedings;

(vi) ill health;
(c) where the officer is on contract his services

shall be terminated in accordance with the terms
of the contract.

51. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), an officer—
(a) shall be required to retire on attaining the age of

sixty years or such other age as prescribed by
the Civil Service Regulations; or

(b) may retire voluntarily at the age of fifty-five
years; or

(c) may at any time after he attains the age of fifty
years and before attaining the age of fifty-five

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Ch. 23:52.

Permanent
Secretary to
notify Director
of officers aged
60 years,
compulsory.
Premature
retirement.
Ch. 23:52.

Retirement in
the public
interest.

years, apply to the Commission for permission
to retire pursuant to section 15(1) of the
Pensions Act and shall in his application state
the grounds on which it is based.

(2) An officer who is a member of the Fire Service and
holds a rank therein below that of Second Officer shall retire in
accordance with any provision enacted in respect of such office.

52. A Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
inform the Director of all officers in his Ministry or Department
who are within one year of the compulsory retirement age.

53. (1) If it appears to the Commission that pursuant to
section 14 of the Pensions Act an officer who has attained the age
of fifty years ought to be called upon to retire from the public
service, the Commission shall advise the officer accordingly.
(2) Any such officer shall be afforded an opportunity of
submitting to the Commission any representations he may wish
to make regarding his proposed retirement.
(3) If the Commission, after considering the
representations, if any, made by the officer, is of the opinion that,
having regard to all the circumstances of the case, the officer
should be retired in the public interest, the Commission shall
require the officer to retire on such date as the Commission shall
determine, and the officer shall be retired accordingly.

54. (1) Where it is represented to the Commission or the
Commission considers it desirable in the public interest that any
officer should be required to retire on grounds which cannot
suitably be dealt with under any of these Regulations, it shall call
for a full report on the officer from the Permanent Secretary or Head
of Department in which he is serving and shall take into account the
officer’s previous record during the last preceding ten years.
(2) If, after considering such report and such record and
giving the officer an opportunity of submitting a reply to the

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Termination of
appointment on
abolition of
office or for
facilitating
improvement in
the organisation
of a Ministry or
Department.

grounds on which his retirement is contemplated, and having
regard to the conditions of the particular service of which the
officer is a member, the usefulness of the officer thereto, and all
the other circumstances of the case, the Commission is satisfied
that it is desirable in the public interest to do so, it shall require
the officer to retire on such date as the Commission shall
determine, and he shall be retired accordingly.

55. (1) Where an office, being one of a number of like
offices, has been abolished but one or more than one such office
remains, the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
make a report thereon to the Director for consideration by the
Commission, and shall recommend with his reasons therefor,
which officer shall be retired or removed from the public service
in consequence of such abolition.
(2) Where it is necessary to retire or remove an officer
from the public service for the purpose of facilitating improvement
in the organisation of a Ministry or Department in order to effect
greater efficiency or economy, the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department shall make a report thereon to the Director for
consideration by the Commission, and shall recommend with his
reasons therefor, which officer shall be retired or removed from the
public service in consequence of such reorganisation.
(3) Where the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department makes any recommendation under subregulation (1)
or (2), the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall at
the same time notify the officer concerned in writing of his
recommendations, and such officer may, within seven days of the
receipt of the notification, make representations thereon.
(4) Where an officer makes representation in respect of
recommendations made under subregulation (1) or (2), the
representations shall be forwarded in their original form to the
Commission by the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
together with such comments as the Permanent Secretary or Head
of Department thinks fit.

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Termination of
appointment on
grounds of
inefficiency.

Medical
Boards.

(5) Notwithstanding subregulation (1) or (2), and after
consideration of the representations of the officer, the
Commission may, instead of retiring or removing the officer from
the public service, transfer the officer concerned to another office
not lower in status than that which he held.

56. (1) The Commission may terminate the appointment of
an officer on grounds of inefficiency.
(2) Where a Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
makes a recommendation in writing that the appointment of an
officer should be terminated on grounds of inefficiency, the officer
shall be informed in writing of such recommendation and shall be
given an opportunity to make representations thereon.
(3) Where an officer makes representations under
subregulation (2), the representations shall be forwarded in their
original form to the Commission by the Permanent Secretary or
Head of Department together with such comments as the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department thinks fit.
(4) The Commission may, upon application of the
officer or on its own motion, cause an investigation to be made
before making a final decision.

57. (Revoked by LN 282/1998).

58. (1) A Medical Board shall be held whenever it is
necessary for an officer to be examined with a view to
ascertaining whether or not the officer should be retired on
grounds of ill-health, or in any case or class of case in which the
Commission directs.
(2) An officer may be required by the Commission to
undergo a medical examination at any time.
(3) An officer who is required to undergo a medical
examination shall submit himself to be examined by a Medical
Board at such time and place as the Permanent Secretary may
direct on behalf of the Board.

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Unfit officers.

(4) Where an officer, through refusal or neglect to obtain
specialist advice or to obtain treatment when so recommended by
the Medical Board, falls sick and in consequence is unable to
perform his duties, the Commission may direct that the period
during which he is unable to perform his duties shall be counted
as leave without pay.
(5) Whenever it is considered necessary for an officer to
be examined with a view to ascertaining whether or not he should
be retired on grounds of ill health, the Permanent Secretary or
Head of Department shall make a recommendation to this effect
to the Commission and where there is a medical record of the
officer, the record shall be made available to the Medical Board.
(6) Where a deterioration in the work of the officer is the
reason or one of the reasons for requesting that the officer undergo
a medical examination, the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department shall submit, with his recommendation under
subregulation (5), a detailed report on any change in the quality
of the officer’s work in order to assist the Medical Board in
carrying out the medical examination of the officer concerned.

59. An officer who is medically boarded and found unfit for
further service shall not be allowed to remain on duty after
receipt of the Medical Board’s report, and shall be granted such
annual leave and accumulated annual leave for which he is
eligible or two months leave, which ever is the greater, as from
the date on which he is notified of his unfitness for further duty.

CHAPTER VII

CONDUCT
60.
to (Revoked by LN 28/1991).

83.}
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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Officer liable to
disciplinary
proceedings.

Definition.
[28/1991].

Ch. 35:50.
Ch. 13:02.

Commission to
exercise
disciplinary
control on
Permanent
Secretary or
Head of
Department.
[28 of 1991].

Permanent
Secretary to
report
misconduct or
indiscipline.
[28 /1991].

CHAPTER VIII
DISCIPLINE
GENERAL

84. An officer who is alleged to be guilty of misconduct or
who is alleged to be guilty of indiscipline by failing to comply
with any regulation, order or directive for the time being in force
in the Ministry or Department to which he is assigned, is liable to
disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the procedure
prescribed in these Regulations.
84A. For the purposes of this Chapter, “Head of Department”
includes the person occupying or performing the duties of the
office of Chief Fire Officer being a public office established by
the Fire Service Act, or Commissioner of Prisons being a public
office established by the Prison Service Act.
84B. (1) Where the Commission becomes aware of an
allegation of indiscipline or misconduct of an officer being a
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department, the Commission
shall appoint an officer to investigate such allegation.
(2) Regulation 90(3) to 90(6) inclusive, shall apply in
respect of such investigation.

85. (1) Where an officer is alleged to have committed an act
of misconduct or indiscipline which is a breach of a regulation
that is the subject of a delegation to the Permanent Secretary or
Head of Department, such act of misconduct or indiscipline shall
be referred to an officer senior in office to the officer against
whom the report or allegation has been made.
(2) The senior officer referred to in subregulation (1)
may charge the officer against whom the report or allegation has
been made and refer the charge to the Permanent Secretary or
Head of Department.
(3) Where a charge is referred to the Permanent Secretary
or Head of Department under subregulation (2), the Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department shall act as a disciplinary

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tribunal, or appoint, in writing as a disciplinary tribunal, an
officer in his Ministry or Department, as the Commission directs,
holding or performing the duties of a senior officer who is senior
in office to the person charged.
(4) The disciplinary tribunal referred to in
subregulation (3) comprising—
(a) the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department

may impose in respect of a charge any of the
penalties prescribed in regulation 110(1)(c)
to (g); or

(b) an officer appointed as such under subregulation (3)
may impose in respect of a charge any of the
penalties prescribed in regulation 110(1)(f) or (g).

(5) A fine imposed by a disciplinary tribunal, other than
the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department, under
subregulation (4) shall not exceed an amount calculated on four
days pay to be deducted from the salary of the officer in no more
than two instalments.
(6) Where a disciplinary tribunal, other than a Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department, finds the officer guilty and is of
the opinion that, owing to the special circumstances of the case
(including the previous record of the offender), the penalty that
could be imposed by it is inadequate it may so certify and refer the
matter to the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department.
(7) The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department on
receipt of a certificate made under subregulation (6) may impose
a penalty prescribed in regulation 110(1)(c) to (g) inclusive.
(8) A fine imposed by the Permanent Secretary or Head
of Department under subregulation (4) shall not exceed an
amount calculated on four days pay per month to a maximum of
three months.
(9) Where the Permanent Secretary or Head of
Department is the person making the allegation or report he
shall not exercise any power as a disciplinary tribunal but refer it
to the Commission to determine as if it were a matter to which
regulation 90 applies.

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Permanent
Secretary may
inform Police
of offence.

Commission to
issue
instructions on
how certain
cases to be
dealt with.

Suspension by
Commission.

(l0) Where a disciplinary tribunal during the course of
hearing a matter to which this regulation refers is of the
opinion that the matter is such that the officer has been
inadequately charged with an offence to which subregulation (1)
applies, it may so certify and refer the matter to the Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department.
(11) The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department
shall, no later than three days after receipt of a certificate referred
to him in accordance with subregulation (10), refer the matter to
an investigating officer to deal with under regulation 90 as if it
were a report or allegation of indiscipline or misconduct to which
regulation 90 applies.
(12) Regulations 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100(1) and 106(2)
and (3) apply mutatis mutandis in respect of the hearing of a
charge to which this regulation applies.
86. Nothing in these Regulations shall be deemed to restrict
a Permanent Secretary or Head of Department from reporting to
the Police directly where an offence against any law appears to
have been committed by an officer.
87. The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall
report any case not covered by these Regulations to the Director
and the Commission may issue instructions as to how the case
shall be dealt with and the case shall be dealt with accordingly.
88. (1) When the Commission becomes aware of any act of
indiscipline or misconduct and the Commission is of the opinion
that the public interest or the repute of the public service requires
it, the Commission may direct the officer in writing to cease to
report for duty until further notice from the Commission, and an
officer so directed shall cease to perform the functions of his
office forthwith.
(2) An officer directed to cease to perform the duties of
his office in accordance with subregulation (1) shall continue to
draw full salary until notice is given to him by the Commission
under regulation 89.

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Interdiction.
[28 of 1991].

Investigation of
charges.
[28/1991
238/1998
41/2008].

89. (1) Where there have been or are about to be instituted
against an officer—
(a) disciplinary proceedings for his dismissal; or
(b) criminal proceedings,
and where the Commission is of opinion that the public interest
requires that that officer should forthwith cease to perform the
functions of his office, the Commission shall interdict him from
such performance.
(2) The effective date of interdiction shall be—
(a) where an officer has continued to perform the

duties of his office, the date of receipt by him of
the notification of his interdiction;

(b) where, in accordance with regulation 88, an
officer has ceased to perform the duties of his
office, such date as the Commission may direct.

(3) An officer so interdicted shall, subject to the
provisions of regulation 114, be permitted to receive such
proportion of the pay of his office, not being less than one-half, as
the Commission may determine, after taking into consideration the
amounts being deducted per month from the pay of the officer.
(4) If disciplinary proceedings against any such officer
result in his exoneration, he shall be entitled to the full amount of
the remuneration which he would have received if he had not
been interdicted, but if the proceedings result in any punishment
other than dismissal, the officer shall be allowed such pay as the
Commission may in the circumstances determine.
(5) (Revoked by LN 28/1991).
90. (1) Where a report or allegation of indiscipline or
misconduct by an officer is received other than a report or
allegation of indiscipline to which regulation 85 applies, the
Permanent Secretary or Head of Department shall report the
matter to the Director for the attention of the Commission and
concurrently warn the officer in writing of the report or allegation
of indiscipline or misconduct.

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(2) An investigating officer shall be appointed by the
Director from the Public Service Investigations Unit to
investigate the report or allegation.
(2A) An investigating officer may also be appointed by
a Permanent Secretary or Head of Department of the Ministry or
Department to which the officer is assigned and shall hold an
office in a grade higher than that of the officer.
(3) The investigating officer shall, within three days of
his appointment, give the officer a written notice specifying the
time, not exceeding seven days from the date of the receipt of
such notice, within which he may, in writing, give an explanation
concerning the report or allegation to the investigating officer.
(4) The investigating officer shall require those persons
who have direct knowledge of the alleged indiscipline or
misconduct to make written statements within seven days for the
information of the Commission.
(5) The investigating officer shall with all possible
dispatch but not later than thirty (30) days from the date of his
appointment, forward to the Director of Personnel
Administration for the information of the Commission an
investigating officer’s report consisting of the original statements
and all relevant documents together with his own report on the
particular act.
(5A) Where the Commission considers that the
circumstances before it warrants an extension of time, the period
referred to in subregulation (5) may be extended by a period not
extending thirty days.
(6) The Commission, after considering the report of
the investigating officer and any explanation given under
subregulation (3), shall decide whether the officer should be
charged with an offence, and if the Commission decides that the
officer should be so charged, the Commission shall, as soon as
possible, cause the officer to be informed in writing of the charge
together with such particulars as will leave the officer under no
misapprehension as to the precise nature of the allegations on
which the charge is based.

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Documents to
be supplied to
accused.

Officer to admit
or deny charge
in writing and
may include
explanation.

Hearing on
failure to admit
or deny charge.

Witnesses.

(7) Where, in the explanations given under
subregulation (3), the officer makes an admission of guilt, the
Commission may determine the penalty to be awarded
without further inquiry.
(8) Where the Commission, under section 127 of the
Constitution, has delegated to an officer its duty of deciding
under subregulation (6) whether an officer shall be charged and
of charging such officer with an offence, the reference in
subregulations (4), (5), (6) and (7) to the Commission shall be
construed as a reference to that officer.
91. Where an officer is charged with an alleged act of
indiscipline or misconduct he shall, as soon as possible, be given
a copy of any written explanation he may have made under
regulation 90(3).
92. (1) Where an officer is charged with indiscipline or
misconduct the officer shall be requested to state in writing
within a specified period whether he admits or denies the charge
and shall be allowed to give to the disciplinary tribunal or the
Commission any explanation he may wish.
(2) Where an officer admits the charge under
subregulation (1), he shall be allowed to include in his
explanation any extenuating circumstances in mitigation.
93. Where an officer—
(a) fails to give an explanation under

regulation 90(3); or
(b) fails to admit or deny the charge under

regulation 92(1); or
(c) gives an explanation under regulation 90(3), or

under regulation 92(1), that—
(i) places the facts in dispute; or
(ii) does not exculpate him,
the hearing shall proceed as though the officer denied the charge.
94. (1) The officer shall be allowed to state the names and
addresses of any witnesses to relevant facts whom he may desire
to give evidence at the hearing of the case.

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Appointment of
disciplinary
tribunal.
[173/2000].

Duty of officers
appointed to
disciplinary
tribunal.
[174/2007].

(2) Any such witness who is an officer shall be ordered
to attend at the hearing of the case and any other witness shall be
given due notice that his attendance is desired and of the time and
place of the hearing.

95. (1) Where the Commission under regulation 90(6)
charges an officer with an alleged act of indiscipline or misconduct
and the provisions of regulation 93 apply, the Commission may
appoint a disciplinary tribunal to hear and find the facts.
(2) A disciplinary tribunal which the Commission
appoints under subregulation (1) may be constituted of—
(a) one officer; or
(b) an uneven number of officers not being less

than three.
(3) For the purposes of subregulation (2), a reference to
officer includes a reference to a retired officer.
(4) (i) An officer selected under subregulation (2) shall
be, or in the case of a retired officer, shall have been, of a grade
higher than that of the officer charged.
(ii) An officer selected under subregulation (2) shall
in no case be of a grade lower than Clerk IV, or in the case of a
retired officer shall not have retired at a grade lower than Clerk IV.
(5) Notwithstanding subregulation (2), the Commission
may appoint a tribunal consisting of such other persons as it may
consider suitable.

96. (1) It shall be the duty of every officer appointed under
regulation 95 to hear the evidence, find the facts and make a
report to the Commission in accordance with regulations 98 and
102 as soon as possible, and such officer may not be permitted
any leave, other than sick leave or maternity leave, until the
report is made to the Commission.
(2) Notwithstanding these Regulations, where an
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Officer on
charge not to be
permitted leave.

Procedure at
hearing.

functions for whatever reason, the disciplinary tribunal of which
he is a member may continue to hear and conclude the case and
make a report, but such a tribunal shall not be constituted of less
than two members.

97. An officer who is charged with an alleged act of
indiscipline or misconduct shall not be permitted to take leave
other than sick leave or maternity leave until the determination of
the case.
98. (1) The following procedure shall apply to the hearing
by a disciplinary tribunal of a charge of alleged misconduct
or indiscipline:
(a) The officer shall be summoned to appear at the

hearing and shall be given full opportunity to
defend himself.

(b) The case against the officer may be presented by
an officer of the Ministry or Department to
which the officer is assigned, but such officer
shall be the holder of an office in a grade higher
than that of the officer charged.

(c) Before the case against the officer is presented,
the officer may submit that the facts alleged in
the charge are not such as to constitute the
offence with which he is charged, and the
disciplinary tribunal shall make a report of the
submission to the Commission for its decision.

(d) At the hearing before a disciplinary tribunal, the
officer may conduct his defence either in person
or may be represented by an officer of his choice
who is a member of the service, or by his staff
association or by an Attorney-at-law; and if the
officer is represented by such member, or by his
staff association, or by an Attorney-at-law, the
officer or his representative may cross-examine
the witnesses called in support of the case
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Adjournment of
hearing.

Hearing in
absence of
accused officer.

Standard of
proof.
[28/1991
143/2006].

Ch. 7:02.

disciplinary tribunal constituted of one officer,
the officer charged shall not be represented by
an Attorney-at-law.

(e) A true record of the proceedings at the hearing
of the case shall be taken and a copy of the
record shall be made if the officer desires to
make application for a review.

(2) Nothing in this regulation shall be construed so as to
deprive the officer from at any time making a submission that the
facts disclosed in the evidence do not support the charge.

99. The hearing of any case may be adjourned from time to
time as may appear necessary for due hearing of the case.

100. (1) If the officer does not attend the hearing of the
charge, without good reason, the hearing may be proceeded with
and concluded in his absence, but if good reason is given to the
disciplinary tribunal by or on behalf of the officer why the officer
is unable to attend the hearing, the hearing shall be postponed or
adjourned, as the case may be.
(2) Where, owing to the absence of the officer, it is
impossible to comply with the procedure described in
regulation 90(3), regulations 91, 92, 94, and regulation 98(1)
shall be dispensed with.

101. (1) The standard of proof in any proceedings under this
Chapter shall be that required in a Court of law in civil cases.
(2) In the hearing of any matter before it the Tribunal
may act without regard to technicalities and legal form and shall
not be bound to follow the rules of evidence stipulated in the
Evidence Act, but the Tribunal may inform itself on any matter in
such manner as it thinks just and may take into account opinion
evidence and such facts as it considers relevant but in any such
case, the parties to the proceedings shall be given the opportunity
if they so desire, of adducing evidence in regard thereto.

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Tribunal to
report.
[28/1991].

Report
confidential.

Disciplinary
tribunal may
adjourn and
report to
Commission.

(3) No documentary evidence shall be used against the
officer unless he has previously been supplied with a copy
thereof or given access thereto.
(4) Any explanation given by an officer under
regulation 90(3) shall be admissible at any hearing.
102. (1) The disciplinary tribunal shall make a report to the
Commission, and the report shall contain its findings of fact and
an expression of its opinion as to the meaning and value of the
facts found, together with the record of the proceedings required
by regulation 98(1)(e).
(2) The disciplinary tribunal shall not disclose the
contents of the report made under subregulation (1) to the officer
charged, or to any officer not authorised to receive such report.
(3) (Deleted by LN 28/1991).
103. (1) Where, during the course of the hearing of a case and
before the hearing is concluded by the disciplinary tribunal
constituted of one officer, it appears to the disciplinary tribunal
that there are grounds disclosed which could form the basis of a
charge for which the penalty that could be imposed could be any
one of the penalties specified in regulation 110(1)(a) to (e), the
disciplinary tribunal shall adjourn the hearing for a period not
exceeding 14 days and shall forthwith report its findings of fact
with a report of the proceedings up to date to the Commission.
In this subregulation, a reference to the Commission shall be
construed as a reference to the officer to whom the Commission
has delegated its powers under section 127 of the Constitution.
(2) Where such officer receives a report of the
proceedings, he shall submit that report to the Commission, and
if in the opinion of the Commission—
(a) the officer should be charged with an alleged act

of indiscipline or misconduct, the Commission
shall cause the officer to be so charged and the
proceedings before the disciplinary tribunal
shall cease; or

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Disciplinary
tribunal to
report where
evidence
insufficient.

Disciplinary
tribunal to
report evidence
of other
misconduct or
indiscipline
disclosed at
hearing of
charges.

Penalties that
may be
awarded under
delegated
authority.
[28/1991].

(b) the officer, on the findings of fact submitted,
may be liable to any one of the penalties
specified in regulation 110(1)(b) to (e), the
Commission may direct the disciplinary tribunal
to continue the hearing of the evidence, find the
facts and make a report to the Commission.

(3) On consideration of the report of the disciplinary
tribunal the Commission may impose any one of the penalties
specified in regulation 110(1)(b) to (e).
104. (1) Where the disciplinary tribunal constituted of three
officers hearing the evidence finds that the evidence is
insufficient to support the charge or charges, the disciplinary
tribunal shall report to the Commission its findings of fact
together with the record of the proceedings as required by
regulation 98(1)(e) without calling on the officer for his defence.
(2) If on receipt of the report and record of the
proceedings under subregulation (1) the Commission is of the
opinion that the report should be amplified in any respect or that
further enquiry is desirable it may refer the case back to the
disciplinary tribunal for further enquiry or report accordingly.
105. Where the disciplinary tribunal constituted of three
officers in hearing the evidence is of the opinion that such
evidence discloses other misconduct or indiscipline, the
disciplinary tribunal shall report the matter to the Commission
and if the Commission thinks fit to proceed against the officer on
such misconduct or indiscipline, it shall cause the officer to be
informed in writing of any further charges and the procedure
prescribed in these Regulations in respect of the original charge
shall apply in respect of such charge.
106. (1) The Commission on consideration of the report
under regulation 102 may either exonerate the officer or impose
the penalty specified in regulation 110(l)(f) or (g).
(2) The Commission shall, as soon as possible after the
hearing of the charge, inform the officer in writing of its findings

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Sub. Leg.

Commission to
inform officer
of penalty
imposed and of
his right to
apply for
review.
[28/1991].

and of the penalty imposed on him, of his right to apply for an
appeal to the Public Service Appeal Board and of the time
specified in the Public Service Appeal Board Regulations for
making such an application.
(3) Where the officer—
(i) makes application for an appeal to the

Public Service Appeal Board within the
time specified in the Public Service
Appeal Board Regulations, the penalty
shall not take effect pending the
determination of the appeal by the Public
Service Appeal Board; or

(ii) does not make an application for an
appeal to the Public Service Appeal
Board, the penalty shall take effect at the
expiry of the time specified in the Public
Service Appeal Board Regulations for
making such an application.

(4) In this regulation a reference to the Commission shall
be construed as a reference to the officer to whom the Commission
has delegated its powers under section 127 of the Constitution.

107. (1) Where on consideration of the report of the
findings of fact by a disciplinary tribunal the Commission is of
the opinion that—
(a) the officer should be exonerated, the

Commission shall exonerate the officer;
(b) the officer should be dismissed, the Commission

shall dismiss the officer; or
(c) some penalty other than dismissal should be

imposed on the officer, the Commission may
impose any of the penalties specified in
regulation 110(1)(b) to (g).

(2) The Commission shall, as soon as possible after the
hearing of the charge, inform the officer in writing of its

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Sub. Leg.

Commission
may remove
officer in public
interest.

Proceedings in
private.

Penalties.

findings and the penalty imposed on him, of his right to apply for
an appeal to the Public Service Appeal Board and of the time
specified in the Public Service Appeal Board Regulations for
making such application.
(3) Where the officer—
(i) makes an application for an appeal to the

Public Service Appeal Board within the
time specified in the Public Service
Appeal Board Regulations, the penalty
shall not take effect pending the
determination of the appeal by the Public
Service Appeal Board; or

(ii) does not appeal, the penalty shall take
effect at the expiration of the said time.

(4) Where the Commission under subregulation (1)
informs the officer that it proposes to impose the penalty of
dismissal, the officer, notwithstanding that he gives notice of
appeal within the time specified in the Public Service Appeal
Board Regulations, shall not receive any pay or allowance from
the date of the expiration of such time.

108. Where on a consideration of the report of the findings of
fact of a disciplinary tribunal as defined in regulation 95(2)(b),
the Commission is of the opinion that the officer does not deserve
to be dismissed by reason of the charges alleged but that the
proceedings disclose other grounds for removing him from the
public service in the public interest, the Commission may make
an order for the removal of such officer without recourse to the
procedure prescribed by regulation 53.

109. The proceedings before a disciplinary tribunal shall be
held in private.
110. (1) The following are the penalties that may be
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against an officer in respect of misconduct, indiscipline, or
unsatisfactory service:
(a) dismissal, that is termination of appointment;
(b) reduction in rank, that is, removal to another

grade with an immediate reduction in salary;
(c) reduction of remuneration, that is, an immediate

adjustment of remuneration to a lower point
on the scale of remuneration attached to the
particular office;

(d) deferment of increment, that is, a postponement
of the date on which the next increment is
due, with corresponding postponement in
subsequent years;

(e) stoppage of increment, that is, no payment for a
specified period of an increment otherwise due;

(f) reprimand;
(g) fine.
(2) Where a fine is imposed the amount of such fine
shall be deducted from the pay of the officer in such manner as
may be specified at the time the penalty is imposed.
111.

to (Revoked by LN 28/1991).
113.
114. (1) An officer convicted of a criminal charge and
sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine or
convicted of a criminal charge involving—
(a) dishonesty,
(b) fraud, or
(c) moral turpitude,
shall not receive any pay or allowance after the date of conviction
pending consideration of his case by the Commission.
(2) The Commission may direct that an officer
convicted of a charge described in subregulation (1) shall cease
to perform the duties of his office forthwith.

Non-payment
of remuneration
on conviction
of a criminal
charge.

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Public Service Commission Regulations[Subsidiary]

Application of
Regulations to
all officers.

Commission
facsimile
signatures.

Definitions.
Ch. 39:01.

(3) Notwithstanding that an officer convicted of a
charge described in subregulation (1) has appealed against the
conviction, such officer shall not receive any pay or allowance
after the date of conviction.

CHAPTER IX

REVIEWS
115.
to (Revoked by LN 28/1991).
122.

CHAPTER X

MISCELLANEOUS
123. Chapter VIII of these Regulations shall not apply to
persons appointed to act in or appointed temporarily to public
offices or engaged on contract for a specified term and on
specified conditions, but where the termination of such an
appointment is contemplated on grounds of misconduct or
unsatisfactory work or conduct, the person holding the
appointment shall be given an opportunity to show cause why his
appointment shall not be terminated.
124. Where in the performance of his duties, the Chairman,
the Deputy Chairman or a member of the Commission is required
to sign any document, the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman or a
member of the Commission, as the case may be, may sign such
document by imprinting thereon a facsimile of his signature.

CHAPTER XI

THE TEACHING SERVICE

PART I

PRELIMINARY
125. In this Chapter—
“Act” means the Education Act;

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27 of 1951.

Application
for first
appointment.

Duty of
Permanent
Secretary to
keep separate
seniority lists
for primary
school teachers.

“assisted school” means a public school, the Board of
Management of which has received or is in receipt of public
funds for building or extension or rebuilding or for the
equipment and facilities provided for the school;

“Board” means the governing body of an assisted school
established under section 15 of the Act;

“Government school” means a public school wholly owned by
the Government;

“primary school” means a school for the provision of primary
education within the meaning of section 6 of the Act;

“public school” means a Government school or an assisted school;
“teacher” means a person registered as such under the former

Education Ordinance, or under the Act and the Regulations,
who is a member of the Teaching Service;

“Teaching Service” means the unified Teaching Service
established under section 53 of the Act.

PART II
APPOINTMENTS

126. (1) Every application for first appointment to an office
of teacher in the Teaching Service shall be addressed to the
Permanent Secretary on the prescribed form.
(2) The Permanent Secretary shall check every
application under subregulation (1) to ensure that the applicant is
eligible for appointment to the office of teacher in accordance
with the Act and the Regulations made thereunder.
(3) The Permanent Secretary shall forward the
applications of all eligible applicants to the Director for
submission to the Commission.
127. (1) The Permanent Secretary in the performance of the
duty imposed on him by regulation 20 of keeping up-to-date
seniority lists of the Teaching Service shall keep, in respect of
teachers holding offices in primary schools—
(a) a seniority list, hereinafter referred to as List “A”,

of Grade I trained teachers; and

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Vacancies in
Government
schools.

(b) a seniority list, hereinafter referred to as List “B”,
of Grade I untrained teachers.

(2) For the purpose of determining the seniority of
teachers on List “A” the effective date of seniority of the teachers
who have taken the Teachers’ Diploma shall be the date of
passing the Teachers’ Provisional Certificate or its equivalent,
which, for the purpose, shall be held to be the second year
examination of the Teachers’ Training College.
(3) Where two or more teachers pass the Teachers’
Provisional Certificate Examination or its equivalent on the
same date, the teacher who takes the Teachers’ Diploma first,
shall be the senior.
(4) For the purpose of determining the seniority of
teachers on List “B” the effective date of seniority shall be the date
of eligibility of the teacher for acceptance into Training College.
(5) List “A” shall be the list employed by the
Permanent Secretary for purposes of making recommendations
for promotion in the Teaching Service.
(6) The seniority of an officer who voluntarily resigns
from the Public Service and is subsequently reappointed to it
shall be reckoned from the date of reappointment.
(7) In the case of recruits for training from outside the
service, the date of seniority shall be the date of appointment to
the Teaching Service.
(8) In addition to the equivalent of the Teachers’
Provisional Certificate referred to in subregulations (2) and (3),
the School Certificate Grade II or General Certificate of
Education equivalent, or any other approved academic or
professional qualification, shall be accepted for admission to
the former Grade VB or the present Grade I.

128. (1) As soon as it is known that a vacancy will occur in
the office of teacher in a Government school, the Permanent
Secretary shall communicate the particulars of the vacancy to the

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Vacancies in
assisted
schools.

Director in writing and shall, by circular memorandum, advertise
such vacant office in all public schools.
(2) A notice published under subregulation (1) shall
contain the particulars prescribed by regulation 131(2).
(3) Any teacher may make application for an
appointment to any vacant office, notice of which is published
under subregulation (1), but the failure to apply shall not
prejudice the consideration of the claims of any eligible teacher.
(4) Any application under subregulation (3) shall be
addressed to the Permanent Secretary.
(5) The Permanent Secretary shall forward all
applications made in response to an advertisement under
subregulation (1) to the Director with recommendations
regarding the filling of the vacancy.
(6) If, within a month after the date fixed for the
receipt of applications to any vacant office advertised under
subregulation (1), the Permanent Secretary does not make a
recommendation or give a satisfactory explanation for a lack
thereof, the Director shall make a report to the Commission
and the Commission shall request the Permanent Secretary to
inform it of the reasons for failure to request the filling of
the vacancy.

129. (1) As soon as it is known that a vacancy will occur in
the office of teacher in an assisted school, the Board shall
communicate the particulars of the vacancy to the Permanent
Secretary in writing with a request that the vacancy be filled.
(2) On receipt of the particulars of a vacant office of
teacher under subregulation (1), the Permanent Secretary shall
communicate particulars of the vacancy to the Director in writing
and shall, by circular memorandum, advertise such vacant office
in all public schools.
(3) A notice under subregulation (2) shall contain the
particulars prescribed by regulation 131(2).

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Advertising of
vacancy by
Commission in
certain
circumstances.

Director to
advertise
vacancies.

(4) Any teacher may make application for an
appointment to any vacant office, notice of which is published
under subregulation (2), but the failure to apply shall not
prejudice the consideration of the claims of any eligible teacher.
(5) The Permanent Secretary shall forward all
applications made in response to an advertisement under
subregulation (2) to the Board for the Board to make its
recommendation regarding the filling of the vacancy.
(6) The Permanent Secretary shall forward to the
Director any recommendation made by the Board for the filling
of the vacancy with his comments thereon.
(7) If, within a month of the date fixed for the receipt
of applications to any vacant office advertised under
subregulation (2), the Board does not make any recommendation
under subregulation (5) for filling the vacant office, the Director
shall require the Permanent Secretary to obtain from the Board,
for the information of the Commission, its reasons for the failure
to make a recommendation.

130. Where the Commission, on receipt of the particulars of
the vacant office submitted to it under regulation 128 or 129
and on consideration of any recommendation made by the
Permanent Secretary under regulation 128 or by the Board under
regulation 129 and of the teachers available in the Teaching
Service, considers that there is no suitable teacher already in the
Teaching Service available for the filling of the vacancy or that
having regard to qualifications, experience and merit it would be
advantageous and in the best interest of the Teaching Service that
the services of a teacher not already in that service or the services
of a person eligible to be registered as a teacher be secured, the
Commission may authorise the advertisement of the vacancy.

131. (1) Where the Commission authorises the Director to
advertise a vacancy in the Teaching Service, the advertisement
shall be in such form as the Commission may determine from
time to time.

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Duty of
Permanent
Secretary re
applications in
response to
advertisements.

Commission
to make
appointment to
assisted
schools.

(2) Every advertisement shall contain the
following particulars:
(a) the offices that are vacant;
(b) the public schools at which the offices are

vacant and whether the schools are assisted
schools or Government schools;

(c) the grade of teacher required to fill the vacancies;
(d) the rate of pay and any allowances;
(e) the religious denomination of each assisted

school at which there is a vacancy,
and such other particulars as the Commission may determine
from time to time.

132. Every application made in response to an advertisement
under regulation 131 shall be addressed to the Permanent
Secretary who shall forward to the Director—
(a) the applications of all eligible applicants for

appointment to a Government school;
(b) the applications of all eligible applicants for

appointment to an assisted school after
submitting such applications to the Board for
recommendations to be made by it.

133. (1) The Board, in making any recommendation for the
filling of a vacant office in accordance with regulation 129(5)
or of regulation 132, shall apply the principles for selection
prescribed by regulation 18 and the Commission shall, subject to
subregulation (2), approve the recommendation and make
the appointment.
(2) Where the Commission is of the view that the Board
had not made a selection in accordance with such principles, the
Commission may require the Permanent Secretary to call upon
the Board to reconsider its recommendation and make a different
recommendation and, in making such request, the Commission
shall take into consideration the religious denomination of the
school and the religious persuasion of the teacher.

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Application
for transfer.

Orders of
transfer.
Review of
orders.

(3) Where the Board under subregulation (2) fails to
make a different recommendation within twenty-one days of being
requested to do so and gives no explanation of its failure to do so,
the Commission may appoint to the vacancy—
(a) a teacher of the religious persuasion of the

assisted school, with the approval of the teacher
and the Board; or

(b) a teacher of a religious persuasion different from
that of the assisted school, with the prior
approval of the teacher and of the Board.

TRANSFERS
(GENERAL)

134. Every application for an appointment on transfer in the
Teaching Service shall be addressed to the Director through the
Permanent Secretary on the prescribed form and, in the case of an
application from a teacher in an assisted school, through the
Board to the Permanent Secretary.

135. (1) Where the Commission proposes to transfer a
teacher other than as a result of a request by a Board under
regulation 137 the Commission shall, except where the
exigencies of the Teaching Service do not permit, make an order
of transfer in writing and shall give not less than three months’
notice to the teacher who is to be transferred.
(2) Where a teacher has applied for a transfer to a
particular public school and the Commission proposes to transfer
the teacher, but not to the particular school, the Commission
shall, except where the exigencies of the Teaching Service do not
permit, make an order of transfer in writing and shall give not
less than three months’ notice to the teacher.
(3) A teacher who is aggrieved by an order made under
subregulations (1) and (2) may make representation to the
Commission for a review of the order in accordance with
subregulation (4).

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Officer to
assume duties
pending review
of transfer
order.

Board of
Management
may request
transfer of
teacher.

Application to
be in writing.

(4) Where a teacher desires to make representation to
the Commission for a review of an order made under
subregulation (1) or (2), such teacher, within fourteen days of the
receipt of the order, shall give notice in writing to the Permanent
Secretary or, in the case of an assisted school, to the Board, to be
forwarded to the Permanent Secretary, and shall submit with the
notice his representations in writing.
(5) The Permanent Secretary shall, within seven days
of the receipt of any representation made to him in writing
under subregulation (4), forward such representation together
with his comments or the comments of the Board thereon to
the Commission.
(6) The Commission shall consider the representations
of the teacher and the Permanent Secretary or the Board, as the
case may be, submitted to it under subregulations (4) and (5) and
shall record its decision in writing.

136. Notwithstanding that a teacher in respect of whom an
order has been made under regulation 29(1) or (2) has made
representation under subregulations (3) and (4) of the said
regulation the teacher shall assume his duties on transfer pending
the review of the order by the Commission.

TRANSFERS
(SPECIAL)

137. A Board may apply to the Commission to have a teacher
transferred from an office in an assisted school if the religious
persuasion of the teacher is not satisfactory to the Board, or on
moral grounds.

138. An application by a Board under regulation 137 shall be
forwarded in writing to the Permanent Secretary together with
any statements on which the Board relies to support the
application. The Permanent Secretary shall forward such
application and the statements to the Commission together with
any comments he may make thereon.

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Board to give
teacher notice
of application.

Teacher may
make
representation.

Decision of
Commission.

Commission
may institute
disciplinary
proceedings.

139. Where a Board makes an application under regulation 137,
the Board shall within fourteen days give notice to the teacher of
the application and shall give the teacher such particulars as will
leave him under no misapprehension as to the precise nature of
the grounds for the application.

140. (1) A teacher who has been given notice under
regulation 139 may within fourteen days after the receipt of the
notice make such representation to the Commission as he may
think fit.
(2) Any representation made by a teacher shall be
submitted in writing to the Permanent Secretary who, within
seven days, shall forward the same, with his comments thereon,
to the Commission.

141. The Commission on consideration of the application of
the Board and of any representation made by the teacher shall—
(a) if the application for transfer is on the grounds

that the religious persuasion of the teacher is
unsatisfactory to the Board, transfer the teacher
on the occurrence of a suitable vacancy; or

(b) if the application for transfer is on moral grounds,
forthwith remove the teacher from the school.

142. (1) Where the application of the Board under
regulation 137 for the transfer of a teacher is on moral grounds,
the Commission is of the view that the alleged acts or omissions
complained of constitute misconduct as prescribed by these
Regulations, or under the Act, or the Regulations made
thereunder or any other Regulations relating to the Teaching
Service, the Commission may institute disciplinary proceedings
against the teacher.
(2) Where the Commission decides to institute
disciplinary proceedings against a teacher under this regulation,
the written statements made by persons to the Board and any
investigation made by the Board under regulations 138 and 139,

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Teacher not to
suffer loss of
service, etc.,
through
transfers.

No transfer
without consent
of Board.

Application of
Regulations.

and any representations made by the teacher under regulation 140,
shall be substituted for any written statement and explanation that
would be otherwise required to be obtained by the Permanent
Secretary and investigating officer under regulation 90.
143. Subject to regulation 142, a teacher who is transferred from
an assisted school on any of the grounds set out in regulation 141,
shall retain his status, suffer no reduction in his rate of pay, and
allowances and shall retain his seniority in the Teaching Service.
144. (1) Where a teacher who holds an office in an assisted
school of a particular religious denomination applies for a transfer
to an office of teacher in another assisted school of the same
religious denomination or of another religious denomination, the
Commission shall not transfer the teacher to the other school
without the consent of the Board of the other school.
(2) Where the Board under subregulation (1) fails to
give its consent to the transfer, within twenty-one days of being
requested to do so by the Permanent Secretary and gives no
explanation of its failure to do so, the Commission may transfer
the teacher to the other assisted school—
(a) if the teacher is of the religious persuasion of

that assisted school, with the approval of the
Board of that other assisted school, or

(b) if the teacher is of a religious persuasion
different from that of the other assisted school,
with the prior approval of the Board of that other
assisted school.

(3) Where a teacher is transferred under subregulation (2)
from an assisted school of a particular religious denomination, the
teacher shall retain his status, suffer no reduction in pay and
allowances and shall retain his seniority in the Teaching Service.
145. In the application of these Regulations to the appointment
of a person to be a member of the Teaching Service and to the
transfer of teachers within that Service, these Regulations shall have
effect as if this Chapter were substituted for regulations 11 to 15,
and regulations 19, 29 and 30 of Chapter III.

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Definitions.
[282/1998].
Ch. 35:50.

First Schedule.

Sub. Leg.

Ch. 35:50.

CHAPTER XII

THE FIRE SERVICE

PART I

PRELIMINARY
146. In this Chapter—
“Act” means the Fire Service Act;
“appropriate form” means the form determined by the

Commission under regulation 147;
“candidate” means a person who satisfies the qualifications in

respect of an office;
“Chief Fire Officer” means a person appointed to, or performing

the duties of, the office of Chief Fire Officer as prescribed
in the First Schedule to the Act;

“Deputy Chief Fire Officer” means a person appointed to, or
performing the duties of, the office of Deputy Chief Fire
Officer as prescribed in the First Schedule to the Act;

“eligible officer’’ means a fire officer who satisfies the
qualifications of an office;

“Examinations Board” means the Examinations Board
established under the Fire Service (Terms and Conditions of
Employment) Regulations;

“fire officers” or “officer’’ means a person appointed to an office
in the Fire Service;

“fire officer in the First Division” means an officer who holds an
office in the First Division as prescribed;

“fire officer in the Second Division” means an officer who holds
an office in the Second Division as prescribed;

“performance appraisal report” has the same meaning as in the
Fire Service (Terms and Conditions of Employment)
Regulations;

“Service” or “Fire Service” means the Fire Service established by
section 3 of the Act;

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Commission to
determine
forms.
[282/1998].

Date of
appointment.
[282/1998].

Application for
appointment as
Firefighter.
[282/1998].

Sub. Leg.

Appointment to
office of
Firefighter.
[282/1998].

“transfer” means the movement of an officer from one Division
in the Service to another Division in the Service.

PART II

APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
147. The Commission may determine—
(a) forms to be used to expedite the procedures as

prescribed in this Part;
(b) the manner by which interviews for

appointment to an office are to be conducted.

148. The date of appointment of a person or an officer to an
office is the date the Commission specifies in writing.

149. (1) The Chief Fire Officer shall advise the Director of a
vacancy in the office of Firefighter within fourteen (14) days of
that vacancy occurring.
(2) The Commission may cause the vacancy to be
advertised through the Press and electronic media inviting
persons to apply.
(3) A person when applying in response to the
advertisement shall do so on the appropriate form to the Director.
(4) The Director shall forward the applications to the
Chief Fire Officer.
(5) The Chief Fire Officer shall examine the
applications and verify that the applicants qualify as candidates
in accordance with the qualifications prescribed in the Fire
Service (Terms and Conditions of Employment) Regulations
and for the purpose of the examination may make enquiries
from the Police concerning the character of any applicant.

150. (1) The Director shall notify all candidates for the office
of Firefighter of the place, date and time at which they may
present themselves for selection by the Commission.

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Application for
appointment to
an office in the
Service (other
than
Firefighter).
[282/1998].

Appointment
generally to be
by competition
within the
Service.
[282/1998].

(2) A candidate who qualifies for appointment to the
office of Firefighter is selected on merit by the Commission for
appointment on the basis of a practical test devised by the
Commission after consultation with the Chief Fire Officer and
an interview.
(3) The relative merits of the candidates are determined
by the results of performance in the practical test and interview.
(4) The Commission may establish a Selection Board
consisting of the Deputy Chief Fire Officer, the officer in charge
of the Fire Service School and the Director, or his representative
to be not lower than an Executive Director, Human Resource
Management, to interview candidates for the office of
Firefighter and to make recommendations to the Commission
on the candidates.

151. (1) The Chief Fire Officer shall advise the Director of
a vacancy in an office other than that of Firefighter within
fourteen (14) days of that vacancy occurring.
(2) The Director shall, by circular memorandum and by
publication in the Gazette, give notice of that vacancy and invite
applications on the appropriate form from eligible officers in
the Service.

152. (1) Whenever in the opinion of the Commission it is in
the best interest of the Service, and it is possible to do so, an
appointment to an office shall be made from within the Service.
(2) A candidate for appointment to an office in the First
Division may be chosen from the First or Second Division of
the Service.
(3) Whenever the Commission considers either that
there is no suitable candidate in the Service available for the
filling of any vacancy in the Service or having regard to
experience and merit it is advantageous and in the best interest
of the Service that the services of a person not already in the

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Commission
may consider
eligible officers
who fail to
apply.
[282/1998].
Criteria for
acting
appointment.
[282/1998].

Officers to be
informed of
acting
appointment.
[282/1998].

Service be secured, the Commission may fill a vacancy by open
competition and may determine the manner in which the vacancy
is to be advertised.
153. The failure of an eligible officer to apply for an office
shall not debar the Commission from considering him for the
appointment to the office.
154. (1) Subject to regulation 157, the Chief Fire Officer shall
ensure that recommendations made in relation to an acting
appointment are based on the criteria prescribed in regulation 158.
(2) Where, in the exigencies of the Service it is not
practicable to apply the principles prescribed in regulation 158,
the fire officer selected for an acting appointment shall not be
given any preference over other eligible officers for a
substantive appointment.
155. (1) Subject to regulation 157, where an acting
appointment falls to be made by the Commission, the Chief Fire
Officer shall notify all eligible fire officers.
(2) For the purpose of subregulation (1), the notice may
be in respect of an acting appointment which falls to be made
within a period specified in the notice.
(3) The Chief Fire Officer shall allow a period of
seven (7) days to elapse after the issue of the notice before
forwarding any recommendations to the Director for the purpose
of allowing the fire officers to make representations in respect of
that acting appointment.
(4) Where representations are made to the Chief Fire
Officer by or on behalf of a fire officer, the Chief Fire Officer shall
forward the representations in their original form to the Director.
(5) When submitting recommendations to the
Commission for an acting appointment to an office, the Chief
Fire Officer shall advise the Commission of the reasons why an
eligible fire officer who is more experienced than the
recommended officer is being passed over.

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Chief Fire
Officer to
submit
recommendations
in advance.
[282/1998].

Acting
appointment in
special
circumstances.
[282/1998].

Criteria for
promotion.
[282/1998].

156. Except in very special circumstances or in cases of
sudden illness, the Chief Fire Officer shall submit his
recommendation for an acting appointment to an office no later
than twenty-eight (28) days preceding the date on which the
acting appointment is intended to become effective.

157. (1) Where an acting appointment falls to be made as a
result of sudden illness or other special circumstances for a
period not exceeding twenty-eight (28) days, the Commission
may appoint, as a general rule, the most experienced eligible
officer from within the Division in which the acting appointment
is to be made.
(2) In making an acting appointment under
subregulation (1) the Commission shall—
(a) examine whether the exigencies of the Service

are best served by appointing an eligible fire
officer from another Division to act when there
is an eligible officer in the Division; and

(b) take into account additional Government
expenditure for travelling and subsistence
allowances and other related expenses.

158. (1) In considering eligible fire officers for promotion,
the Commission shall take into account the experience,
educational qualifications, merit and ability, together with the
relative efficiency of those fire officers.
(2) Where the Commission has to select an officer for
promotion from officers who appear to be of equal merit, the
Commission shall determine its selection on the basis of the
relevant and relative experience of the officers.
(3) In the performance of its functions under
subregulation (1), the Commission shall take into account as
regards each fire officer—
(a) his general fitness;
(b) any special qualifications;

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Performance
appraisal
report.
[282/1998].

Process of
promotion in
the Fire
Service.
[282/1998].

(c) any special courses of training that he may have
undergone (whether at the expense of
Government or otherwise);

(d) the evaluation of the officer’s performance as
reflected in his performance appraisal report;

(e) any letters of commendation or special report
in respect of any special work done by the
fire officer;

(f) the duties to be performed in the office of which
the fire officer has experience;

(g) demonstrated skills and ability relevant to
the office;

(h) any specific recommendation of the Permanent
Secretary or Chief Fire Officer for the filling of
the particular office;

(i) any previous, relevant employment of his in the
Service, the public service, or elsewhere;

(j) any special report for which the Commission
may call;

(k) his devotion to duty.
159. The Chief Fire Officer or Permanent Secretary shall
submit to the Director, a performance appraisal report in respect
of each officer not later than the anniversary of the date of
appointment of that officer to his substantive office or at a date
the Commission directs.
160. (1) Where a vacancy in an office occurs, the Chief Fire
Officer shall, after taking into account the criteria specified in
regulation 158, submit to the Commission—
(a) a list of the eligible officers he recommends for

promotion to an office; and
(b) a list of the eligible officers who are not being

considered for promotion who have—
(i) served in the lower office for a longer

period than that served by the
recommended eligible officer;

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Transfer.
[282/1998].

(ii) more experience than that of the
recommended eligible officer in
performing the duties of the office; or

(iii) performed the duties of the office for a
period of six (6) months or more.

(2) The Chief Fire Officer shall advise in writing an
officer referred to in paragraph (b) of subregulation (1) of his
being omitted from the list for promotion together with reasons.
(3) An officer who is advised under subregulation (2)
may make representations to the Commission within seven (7)
days of the date of that advice.
(4) The Commission may invite that officer for an
interview on the basis of his representations.
(5) The Commission shall advise an officer making
representations under this regulation of the outcome of
his representations.

161. (1) Where the Commission transfers an officer,
the Commission shall, except where the exigencies of the
Service do not permit, notify the officer in writing of the transfer
not less than thirty (30) days of the date of proposed assumption
of duties in the Division to which he is transferred.
(2) An officer who is aggrieved by the transfer under
subregulation (1) may make representations to the Commission
for a review of the transfer in accordance with subregulation (3).
(3) Where an officer desires to make representations
to the Commission for a review of the transfer under
subregulation (1), he shall submit his representations in writing to
the Chief Fire Officer within seven (7) days of the receipt of the
notice of the transfer.
(4) The Chief Fire Officer shall, within seven (7) days,
forward to the Commission any representations made to him in
writing under subregulation (3), together with his comments.

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Confirmation or
otherwise.
[282/1998].

Sub. Leg.

*See Note on Page 3.

(5) The Commission shall consider the representations
of the officer and the comments of the Chief Fire Officer
submitted to it under subregulations (3) and (4) respectively, and
shall communicate its decision to both parties in writing.
(6) Subject to subregulation (7), notwithstanding
that an officer in respect of whom a notice has been made
under subregulation (1) has made representations under
subregulations (2) and (3), the officer shall assume his duties
on transfer pending the review of the transfer by the Commission.
(7) Where the transfer involves the exchange of officers
in the same grade the officers affected by the transfer shall not
assume their duties on transfer pending the review of the notice
by the Commission.

*162. (N.B.—LN 282/1998 which amended the Regulations
did not contain regulation 162).

PART III

CONFIRMATION
163. (1) The Commission, when confirming or terminating the
appointment of an officer on probation, shall take into account the
probation reports and the performance appraisal reports submitted
to it by the Chief Fire Officer in accordance with the Fire Service
(Terms and Conditions of Employment) Regulations.
(2) If, after considering the final probation report
referred to in subregulation (1), the Commission is satisfied that
the officer is a fit person to perform the duties of the office, the
Commission shall confirm his appointment.
(3) Where a report referred to in subregulation (1)
contains adverse comments on the performance of the officer, the
Commission before terminating the appointment of the officer
on probation shall consult with the officer who is the subject of
the report.

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Sub. Leg.

Resignation.
[282/1998].

Removal on
abandonment.
267/1998.
[282/1998].
Sub. Leg.

(4) The Commission may terminate an officer’s first
appointment on probation at any time during the probationary
period referred to in the Fire Service (Terms and Conditions of
Employment) Regulations, where it is satisfied that—
(a) the person’s performance of duty is not

satisfactory for the purposes of confirmation; or
(b) the person has not passed the medical

examination in accordance with regulation
19(1) of the Fire Service (Terms and Conditions
of Employment) Regulations.

(5) Where the Commission confirms the promotion of an
officer in a higher office before he has completed the full period
of probation in a lower office to which he has been appointed, the
Commission shall confirm the officer in that lower office.

*PART IV
RESIGNATION, RETIREMENT

163A. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), where an officer gives
notice of his intention to resign in writing, the Commission shall
accept his resignation notwithstanding that it may not comply with
a lawful requirement relating to the period of notice, without
prejudice to any regulation regarding the forfeiting of leave and the
benefits and privileges accruing to that officer in respect of leave.
(2) An officer is not entitled to withdraw his notice of
resignation before that resignation becomes effective but the
Commission may accept the withdrawal if tendered in writing
before the effective date of the resignation.

163B. (1) Where the Permanent Secretary advises the
Commission in accordance with regulation 45(3) of the Fire
Service (Terms and Conditions of Employment) Regulations, that
an officer has abandoned his office, the Commission before
declaring the officer to have resigned from office shall afford the
officer reasonable opportunity to make representations regarding
the declaration.

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Retirement.
[282/1998].

Commission
to issue
instructions on
matters not
dealt with in
Regulations re
fire officer.
[282/1998].

Definitions.
Ch. 13:02.

Commission to
determine form
of application.

(2) When the Commission declares an officer to have
resigned his office under subregulation (1), that office shall
immediately become vacant and the officer ceases to be
an officer.

163C. The Commission shall retire an officer from the Service
where that retirement conforms with any written law which
permits or requires the officer to retire from the Service.

163D. In any matter not referred to in these Regulations in their
application to a fire officer, the Commission may issue
instructions as to how the matter shall be dealt with and the
matter shall be dealt with accordingly.

CHAPTER XIII

THE PRISON SERVICE

PART I

PRELIMINARY
164. In this Chapter—
“Act” means the Prison Service Act;
“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Prisons;
“prison officer” means a member of the Prison Service;
“Prison Service” or “Service” means the Prison Service

established under the Act.

PART II

APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
165. The Commission shall prescribe from time to time the
form and manner in which—
(a) applications are to be made for appointment to

the Prison Service;
(b) interviews are to be conducted for entry into the

Prison Service.

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Application for
appointment of
Prison Officer I.
[108/1991].

Appointment of
office in senior
grade.

Establishment
of Promotions
Advisory
Board.
[107/2000].

166. (1) Every application for appointment to the office of
Prison Officer I shall be made in writing to the Director or by
personal appearance in response to any advertisement issued by
the Director through the press and radio, stating the place, date
and time at which a candidate may present himself for selection.
(2) A Superintendent of Prisons shall make a preliminary
selection of candidates who have the prescribed qualifications and
may, for the purpose of making such selection, require enquiries
to be made respecting the character of any candidate.
(3) A candidate selected under subregulation (2) shall
be required to take such education test as may be prescribed,
and if the candidate is successful he shall be required to pass a
medical test.
(4) A candidate who qualifies for appointment to the
office of Prison Officer I shall be interviewed by a Selection
Board consisting of the Deputy Commissioner of Prisons, a
Superintendent of Prisons other than the one referred to in
subregulation (2) and the officer in charge of the Prison Service
Training School.
(5) The candidates shall be placed in order of merit on
the basis of the educational test and the interview.

167. (1) Every application for appointment to an office of
Prison Assistant Superintendent and offices in higher grades shall
be made in writing to the Director on the prescribed form.
(2) A candidate who has the prescribed qualifications
may be selected for appointment to the office of Prison
Superintendent, either from an office in a lower grade or on an
open competitive basis prescribed by the Commission.

168. (1) (a) A prison officer may apply to the Commission
to be allowed to take the Promotion Examination for Prison
Officer II when he has been in the Service for at least two years.
(b) A prison officer in a grade lower than that of
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Appointments
to be by
competition
within the
Prison Service.

for Promotion to Prison Officer II may apply to the Commission
to be allowed to take any promotion examination.
(c) A prison officer who is successful in a
promotion examination may be considered for promotion in
accordance with this regulation.
(2) The Commissioner of Prisons shall, after taking into
account the criteria (specified in regulation 172), submit to the
Commission a list of the Officers in the Second Division—
(a) whom he considers suitable for promotion to an

office; and
(b) who are not being considered for promotion yet

but who have served in the Service for a longer
period in an office, or who have more
experience in performing the duties of that
office than the officers being recommended.

(3) The Commissioner shall also advise those officers
referred to in subregulation 2(b) of their omission from the list for
promotion, together with the reasons for such omission.
(4) An officer who is advised under subregulation 2(b)
may make representations on his own behalf to the Commission
within fourteen days of being so advised and the Commission
may invite him for interview on the basis of his representations.
(5) The Commission shall advise those officers
making representations under this regulation of the outcome of
their representations.
(6) The Commission may, after considering all the
representations made, endorse or otherwise, the recommendations
of the Commissioner when promoting an officer.

169. (Revoked by LN 107/2000).

170. Whenever in the opinion of the Commission it is
possible to do so and it is in the best interests of the Service,
appointments shall be made from within the Service in
accordance with these Regulations.

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Advertisement
of vacancies.

Principles of
selection for
promotion.

171. Where the Commission considers either that there is no
suitable candidate already in the Prison Service available for the
filling of any vacancy or that having regard to qualifications,
experience and merit it would be advantageous and in the best
interest of the Service that the services of a person not already in
the Service be secured, the Commission may authorise the
advertisement of such vacancy.

172. (1) In considering the eligibility of prison officers for
promotion, the Commission shall take into account the seniority,
experience, educational qualifications, merit and ability, together
with the relative efficiency of such prison officers and, in the
event of an equality of efficiency of two or more prison officers,
shall give consideration to the relative seniority of the prison
officers available for promotion to the vacancy.
(2) In the performance of its functions under
subregulation (1), the Commission shall take into account as
regards each prison officer—
(a) his general fitness;
(b) his position on the seniority list and on the list of

results of the promotion examinations;
(c) any special qualifications;
(d) any special courses of training that he may have

undergone (whether at the expense of
Government or otherwise);

(e) an evaluation of the officer’s overall performance
as reflected in the annual staff reports;

(f) any letters of commendation or special reports
in respect of any special work done by the
prison officer;

(g) the duties of which he has had knowledge;
(h) any specific recommendation of the Permanent

Secretary for filling the particular office;
(i) any previous employment of his in the Service

or in the Public Service, or otherwise;

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Director and
Commissioner
to keep
seniority lists.

Commissioner
to submit
recommendations
in advance.

(j) any special reports for which the Commission
may call;

(k) his devotion to duty.

173. (1) The Director shall keep up to date seniority lists of
all prison officers.
(2) The Commissioner shall ensure for purposes of
making recommendations for promotion and acting
appointments that up to date seniority lists are kept of all prison
officers showing in respect of each officer the date of
appointment to his present office, date of appointment to his
previous office, and date of first appointment in the Service.
(3) The seniority of a prison officer shall be determined
by the date of his appointment to the particular office in which he
is serving. The seniority of prison officers promoted to the same
office from the same date shall be in accordance with their
seniority in their previous office.
(4) Where prison officers have entered the Service by
competitive examination and are appointed to the same office
with effect from the same date, their relative seniority shall be
determined according to the order of merit in which they were
placed in the examination and interview.
(5) Where any doubts arise with respect to the seniority
of a prison officer, the Commission shall determine the seniority
of such prison officer.
174.
to (Revoked by LN 28/1991).
176.

177. Except in very special circumstances or in cases of
sudden illness, the Commissioner shall submit, well in advance,
recommendations for acting appointments to permit of their
consideration by the Commission before the date on which the
acting appointment is intended to become effective.

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Commissioner
to state reasons
for passing over
officers.

Rule where
power to
appoint
delegated.

178. In submitting recommendations for acting appointments
in any office, the Commissioner shall state the reasons why
prison officers, if any, are being passed over.

179. Where the Commission delegates its power to the
Commissioner to appoint a prison officer to act in an office and
such acting appointment falls to be made as a result of sudden
illness or other very special circumstances for a period not likely
to exceed twenty-eight days, the provisions of *regulation 176
shall not apply.

PART III

DISCIPLINE
180.

181.

Judge of High Court

FIRST SCHEDULE
FORM I

OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF OFFICE
I, ................................................................................................ do

swear/solemnly declare and affirm, that I will without fear, favour, affection or
ill-will, well and truly perform my duties in the office of Chairman/member of
the Public Service Commission in the exercise of the powers vested in the
Public Service Commission under the Constitution, and that I will not directly
or indirectly reveal any information to any unauthorised person or otherwise
than in the course of duty.

So help me God.
Sworn/Declared before me this .............. day of ....................................., 20......

................................................

Regulation
3(1).

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FORM II
OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF OFFICER OF

THE COMMISSION
I, ....................................................................................................................... do

swear/solemnly declare and affirm that I will not directly or indirectly reveal to
any unauthorised person or persons or otherwise than in the course of duty any
information in connection with the business of the Commission which may
come to my knowledge in the course of my duties as
Secretary/........................./........................................ to the said Commission.

So help me God.
Sworn/Declared before me this ................. day of .................................., 20......

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Judge of High Court

Regulation 3(2).

NOTE ON SECOND SCHEDULE

Regulation 73 which dealt with the incurring of debts by an officer has been
revoked by LN 28/1991.

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POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION REGULATIONS
ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY

REGULATION
1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.

CHAPTER II
THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

3. Oath of office.
4. Meetings.
5. Procedure, quorum and voting.
6. Decisions other than at meetings.
7. Record of meetings and decisions.
Dissents.
8. Consultation with other persons.
9. Non-compliance.
10. Instrument of delegation to be published.
11. Commission may sign by impression of signature.

CHAPTER III
APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS

12. Commission to determine form of application.
13. Application for appointment of constable.
14. Appointment to an office in the First Division.
14A. Appointment to an office in the Second Division.
15. Promotion to an office in the Second Division.
16. Resitting of examination.
17. Appointments to be by competition within the Police Service.
18. Advertisement of vacancies.
19. Examination Boards.
20. Principles of selection for promotion.
21.
22.
23. Principles of selection for acting appointment.

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ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS—Continued
REGULATION
24. Principles of selection for acting appointment not as prelude

to appointment.
25. Commissioner to notify eligible police officers of vacancy.
26. Commissioner to submit recommendations to Commission in

advance.
27. Commissioner to state reasons for passing over officers.
28. Transfers.
29. Date of appointment.
30. Medical examination.

CHAPTER IV
STAFF REPORTS

31. Staff reports.
32. Officer to be informed of adverse report.
33. Annual increments.

CHAPTER V
PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENTS

34. Period of probation on first appointment.
35. Probation not required or may be offset in certain cases.
36. Probation on promotion.
37. Waiver of portion of period of probation.
38. Principles to be observed while officer on probation.
39. Confidential reports.
40. Extension of probation.
41. Confirmation of appointment.
42. Incremental date where period of probation extended.
43. Commissioner to keep record.

CHAPTER VI
RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND
TERMINATION OF APPOINTMENTS

44. Resignation.
45. Abandonment.

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46. Reasons for termination of appointment.
47. Compulsory and voluntary retirement.
48. Commissioner to notify Director of officers to retire compulsorily.
49. Premature retirement.
50. Retirement in the public interest.
51. Termination of appointment on grounds of inefficiency.
52. Married female officers.
53. Medical Boards.
54. Unfit officers.

CHAPTER VII
CONDUCT

55.
to
74.

CHAPTER VIII
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

75. Officer liable to disciplinary proceedings.
76. (Revoked by LN 214/1990).
77. Commissioner to report officer.
78. Commission to issue instructions on how certain cases to be

dealt with.
79. Suspension by Commission.
80. Interdiction.
81. Procedure on alleged commission of offence.
82. Powers of disciplinary tribunal.
83. Certain penalties to be imposed by Commissioner.
84. Warning and Investigation.
Personal explanation.
85. Documents to be supplied to accused.
86. Officer to admit or deny charge in writing and may include

explanation.
87. Hearing on failure to admit or deny charge.
88. Witnesses.

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89. Appointment of disciplinary tribunal.
90. Duty of officers appointed to disciplinary tribunal.
91. Officer on charge not to be permitted leave.
92. Procedure at hearing.
93. Adjournment of hearing.
94. Hearing in absence of accused officer.
95. Standard of proof.
96. Tribunal to report.
Report confidential.
97. Disciplinary tribunal may adjourn and report to Commission.
98. Disciplinary tribunal to report where evidence insufficient.
99. Disciplinary tribunal to report further grounds disclosed at hearing.
100. Commission to exercise disciplinary control on Commissioners.
101. Commission to inform officer of penalty imposed and of his right

of review.
102. Commission may remove officer in public interest.
103. Proceedings in private.
104. Penalties.
105.

to (Revoked by LN 214/1990).
107.
108. Non-payment of remuneration on conviction on a criminal charge.

CHAPTER IX
REVIEWS

109.
to (Revoked by LN 214/1990).

116.
CHAPTER X

APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS
117. Application of Regulations to all officers.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
SECOND SCHEDULE.

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*These Regulations are amended by LNs 106/1968; 7/1969; 80/1969; 47 of 1980; 99/1987;
214/1990; 25/1993; 175/1993; 41/1995; 79/1995; 43/2001; 58, 80, 91, 92 and 144/2006.
†These Regulations were made under section 102 of the former Constitution, and continue in force
by virtue of section 29(3) of the Interpretation Act (Ch. 3:01).

*131/1966.

Citation.

Interpretation.
Ch. 15:01.

POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION REGULATIONS
†deemed to be made under section 129 of the Constitution

CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Police Service
Commission Regulations.

2. In these Regulations—
“Act” means the Police Service Act;
“acting appointment” means the temporary appointment of a

police officer whether on promotion to a higher office or
otherwise whether that office is vacant or not;

“appointment” means the appointment of a person in an office in
the Police Service;

“the Chairman” means the Chairman of the Commission;
“the Commission” means the Police Service Commission

constituted under section 122 of the Constitution;
“the Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Police;
“the Constitution” means the Constitution of the Republic of

Trinidad and Tobago;
“Director” means the Director of Personnel Administration;
“police officer or officer” means a member of the Police Service;
“police officer in the First Division” means a police officer who

holds an office specified in the First Schedule of the Police
Service Act;

“police officer in the Second Division” means a police officer
who holds an office specified in the Second Schedule of the
Police Service Act;

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“promotion” means the appointment of a police officer to an
office in the Police Service in a range carrying a higher
remuneration;

“Police Service” or “Service” means the Police Service
established under the Police Service Act;

“public service” means the public service as defined in section 3
of the Constitution.

CHAPTER II
THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

3. (1) The Chairman and other members of the
Commission shall, as soon as practicable after appointment, take
the oath or make the affirmation in the form set out as Form 1 of
the First Schedule.
(2) Every person appointed a member of the staff of
the Commission shall, as soon as possible after appointment,
take the oath or make the affirmation set out as Form 2 of the
First Schedule.
4. (1) The Commission shall meet as often as may be
necessary for the purpose of performing its functions and such
meetings shall be held on such days and at such times and
place as the Chairman shall determine.
(2) Where a member fails to attend at least one meeting
in any one month over a period of three months without reasonable
excuse, the Commission shall make a report to the President.
5. (1) The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the
Commission, and in the absence of the Chairman from any
meeting, the members present shall elect one of their number to
preside at that meeting.
(2) At any meeting of the Commission three members
shall constitute a quorum.
(3) All questions for discussion at a meeting of the
Commission shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the
members present and voting.

Ch. 15:01.

Oath of office.

Form 1.
First Schedule.

Form 2.
First Schedule.

Meetings.

Procedure,
quorum and
voting.

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(4) The Chairman or other member presiding at a
meeting shall have an original vote, and in the event of an
equality of votes, he shall have as well a second or casting vote.

6. (1) Notwithstanding regulation 5 but subject to
subregulation (2), questions may also be decided by the
Commission without a meeting by circulation of the relevant
papers among the members and the expression of their views in
writing and in such case the decision shall be the view of the
majority of members expressing a view.
(2) If any member requires that a matter or question
being dealt with by circulation of the relevant papers shall be
reserved for consideration at the next following meeting of the
Commission, no decision shall be made on that matter or
question except at a meeting of the Commission.

7. (1) The Director shall ensure that Minutes of all
meetings of the Commission and of all decisions arrived at under
regulation 6 shall be duly recorded and kept and that the same be
presented for confirmation by the Commission as soon as
practicable at a subsequent meeting or by individual members on
circulation thereof.
(2) Any member of the Commission who dissents from
a decision may require that his dissent and reasons for dissenting
be recorded in the Minutes.

8. (1) The Commission in considering any matter or
question may consult with any police officer or public officer or
other person as the Commission may consider proper and desirable
and may require any police officer to attend for the purpose of
assisting the Commission in its deliberations and producing any
official documents relating to such matter or question.
(2) Where a public officer other than a police officer fails
to comply with the provisions of this regulation, the Commission
shall report the public officer to the appropriate Service
Commission for consideration by that Service Commission.

Decisions other
than at
meetings.

Record of
meetings and
decisions.

Dissents.

Consultation
with other
persons.

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9. (1) A police officer who, without reasonable cause or
excuse, fails to appear before the Commission when required to do
so, or fails to comply with any request made by the Commission, or
with any requirement of these Regulations, is guilty of an offence.
(2) A police officer who is guilty of an offence under
this regulation shall be liable to be dismissed from the Service.
10. (1) Whenever the Commission delegates any of its
powers in accordance with section 127(1) of the Constitution, the
Director shall publish such delegation by notice in the Gazette.
(2) A notice published under subregulation (1) shall
contain the following information:
(a) the powers delegated;
(b) the person or persons to whom such delegation

is made;
(c) the extent of such delegation;
(d) the terms and conditions of such delegation and the

manner in which matters dealt with under such
delegated authority may reach the Commission.

(3) Any power so delegated shall be exercised in such
manner as the Commission shall direct.
(4) Every delegation under this regulation shall
be revocable.

11. Where in the performance of his duties the Chairman or
a member of the Commission is required to sign any document,
the Chairman or a member of the Commission, as the case may
be, may sign such document by impressing thereon a facsimile of
his signature.

CHAPTER III
APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS

12. The Commission may prescribe from time to time the
form and manner in which—
(a) applications are to be made for appointment to

the Police Service;

Non-
compliance.

Instrument of
delegation to be
published.

Commission
may sign by
impression of
signature.

Commission to
determine form
of application.

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Application for
appointment of
constable.
[25/1993].

Ch. 15:01.
Sub. Leg.

Ch. 15:01.
Sub. Leg.

Appointment to
an office in the
First Division.
[99/1987].

Appointment
to an office in
the Second
Division.
[144/2006].

Ch. 15:01.
Sub. Leg.

(b) examinations and interviews are to be
conducted for entry into the Police Service.

13. (1) Every application for appointment to the office of
constable shall be made in writing to the Director or by personal
appearance in response to any advertisement issued by the
Director through the press and radio, stating the place, date and
time at which a candidate may present himself for selection.
(2) The Superintendent in charge of a Division shall
make a preliminary selection of candidates who have the
qualifications prescribed in regulation 4(1)(a) to (d) of the Police
Service Regulations.
(3) A candidate selected shall be required to take an
education test prescribed by regulation 4(1)(e) of the Police
Service Regulations, and if the candidate is successful he shall be
required to pass a medical test.
(4) A candidate who qualifies for appointment to the
office of constable shall be interviewed by a Selection Board
consisting of the Deputy Commissioner, an Assistant
Commissioner, the Superintendent in charge of the Police Training
School and the Director of Personnel Administration or a public
officer representing the Director of Personnel Administration.
(5) The candidates shall be placed in order of merit on
the basis of the education test and the interview.
14. Every application for appointment to an office in the
First Division shall be made in writing to the Director on the
prescribed form.

14A. (1) An officer in the Second Division may apply to
the Commission to be allowed to take the Corporal
examination when he has been in the Service for at least three
years except where the period is waived by virtue of the
officer’s possessing educational qualifications that are
equivalent, or superior, to those prescribed in regulation 8(3)
of the Police Service Regulations.

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(2) An Officer in the Second Division who has
successfully passed the Corporal examination may apply to the
Commission to be allowed to take the Sergeant’s Examination.
(3) A Police Officer who is successful in a promotion
examination may be considered for promotion in accordance
with regulation 15.
15. (1) The Commissioner shall, after taking into account
the criteria specified in regulation 20, submit to the Commission
a list of the officers in the Second Division—
(a) whom he considers suitable for promotion to an

office; and
(b) who are not being considered for promotion yet

but who have served in the Service for a longer
period in an office, or who have more
experience in performing the duties of that
office, than the officers being recommended.

(2) The Commissioner shall also advise those officers
referred to in subregulation (1)(b) of their omission from the list
for promotion, together with the reasons for such omission.
(3) An officer who is advised under subregulation (2)
may make representations on his own behalf to the Commission
within fourteen days of being so advised and the Commission
may invite him for interview on the basis of his representations.
(4) The Commission shall advise those officers
making representations under this regulation of the outcome of
their representations.
(5) The Commission may, after considering the
representations made, endorse, or otherwise, the recommendations
of the Commissioner when promoting an officer.
16. (1) If a police officer has been successful in a promotion
examination held after the coming into operation of these
Regulations and that police officer is not appointed on promotion
within three years of his passing of that examination, he shall in
order to qualify for promotion resit and pass such an examination.

Promotion to an
office in the
Second
Division.
[79/1995].

Resitting of
examination.
[7/1969].

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Appointments
to be by
competition
within the
Police Service.
[58/2006].

Advertisement
of vacancies.

Examination
Boards.

Principles of
selection for
promotion.
[79/1995
58/2006].

(2) A police officer who has passed an examination for
promotion to a particular office prior to the coming into operation
of these Regulations shall not be required to resit such an
examination in order to qualify for promotion to that office.
17. Whenever in the opinion of the Commission it is
possible to do so and it is in the best interest of the Police Service,
appointments shall be made within the Police Service by
competition, subject to any regulations limiting the number of
appointments that may be made to any specified office within the
Police Service.
18. Where the Commission considers either that there is no
suitable candidate already in the Police Service available for the
filling of any vacancy or that having regard to qualifications,
experience and merit it would be advantageous and in the best
interests of the Service that the services of a person not already
in the Service be secured, the Commission may authorise the
advertisement of such vacancy.
19. (1) All examinations in the Police Service shall be set
and the papers marked by such Examination Board as may be
appointed for the purpose.
(2) The Director shall be responsible for the conduct of
examinations set under subregulation (1).
20. (1) When considering officers for promotion, the
Commission shall take into account the experience, the merit and
ability, the educational qualifications and the relative efficiency
of such officers.
(2) In the performance of its functions under
subregulation (1), the Commission shall in respect of each police
officer take into account—
(a) his general fitness;
(b) any special qualification that he possesses;
(c) any special courses of training that he may have

undergone, whether at the expense of
Government or otherwise;

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} (Revoked by LN 79/1995).

(d) the evaluation of his overall performance as
reflected in his performance appraisal reports;

(e) any letters of commendation or special reports
in respect of any special work done by him;

(f) the duties of which he has had knowledge;
(g) any specific recommendation of the

Commissioner for filling the particular office;
(h) any previous employment of his in the Service

or otherwise;
(i) any special reports for which the Commission

may call;
(j) his devotion to duty;
(k) the date of his entry into the Service;
(l) the date of his appointment in his present office.
(3) In addition to the requirements prescribed in
subregulations (1) and (2) the Commission shall take into
account any specifications that may be required from time to time
for appointment to the particular office.
21.
22.
23. (1) The Commissioner shall ensure that any
recommendation made in relation to an acting appointment as
a prelude to a substantive appointment shall be based on the
principles prescribed in regulation 20.
(2) Where in the exigencies of the Service, it has not
been practicable to apply the principles prescribed in
regulation 20, a police officer selected for an acting
appointment in consequence of a recommendation made under
subregulation (1) shall not thereby have any special claim to
the substantive appointment.
(3) In considering the claims of eligible candidates for
a substantive appointment, the Commission shall take into
account the claims of all eligible officers.

Principles of
selection for
acting
appointment.

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24. (1) Where an acting appointment falls to be made
otherwise than as a prelude to a substantive appointment, the
police officer appointed shall—
(a) as a general rule be the senior police officer

eligible for such acting appointment;
(b) assume and discharge the duties and

responsibilities of the office to which he is
appointed to act.

(2) In making an acting appointment under
subregulation (1), the Commission shall examine whether the
exigencies of the Service would best be served by appointing a
police officer next in line of seniority from another division to act
when there is a police officer in the same division who is capable
of performing the duties of the higher grade, and in such
examination the question of additional Government expenditure
for travelling and subsistence allowances and any other
expenditure shall be borne in mind.
25. (1) Where an acting appointment falls to be made
whether as a prelude to a substantive appointment or not the
Commissioner shall notify the police officers who are eligible
for consideration.
(2) The Commissioner shall, after notification as
required by subregulation (1), allow a period of seven days to
elapse before forwarding any recommendations for the filling of
such vacancy, for the purpose of allowing the police officers to
make representations on the filling of such vacancy.
(3) Where representations have been made by or on
behalf of any police officer, the Commissioner shall forward
such representations in their original form to the Director.
26. The Commissioner shall submit, well in advance,
recommendations for acting appointments to permit of their
consideration by the Commission before the date on which the
acting appointment is intended to become effective, but the
Commission may waive the provisions of this regulation where
the necessity to submit recommendations has been occasioned
by sudden illness or very special circumstances or in any other
circumstances which the Commission may consider appropriate.

Principles of
selection for
acting
appointment not
as prelude to
appointment.

Commissioner
to notify eligible
police officers
of vacancy.

Commissioner to
submit
recommendations
to Commission
in advance.

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27. In submitting recommendations for acting appointments
in any office, the Commissioner shall state the reasons why
police officers, if any, are being passed over.
28. (1) Where the Commission proposes to transfer a police
officer, the Commission shall, except where the exigencies of the
Service do not permit, make an order of transfer in writing and
shall give not less than fourteen days notice to the officer who is
to be transferred.
(2) In considering the transfer of a police officer, the
Commission shall take into account any hardship that such
transfer may occasion to the officer.
(3) (Deleted by LN 79/1995).
29. (1) A police officer’s date of appointment shall normally
be the date on which he assumes the duties of the office to which
he has been appointed.
(2) If a police officer is selected for appointment from
outside Trinidad and Tobago, the date of appointment shall be the
date specified in the letter of appointment.
30. (1) A candidate selected for first appointment to the
Police Service shall undergo a medical examination by a
Government Medical Officer and shall not be confirmed in his
appointment unless and until he has been passed as medically fit.
(2) The Commissioner shall make appropriate
arrangements for the new appointee to be medically examined as
soon as practicable after his selection for first appointment.
(3) The Medical Officer who examines the new
appointee shall submit his medical report on the prescribed form
to the Director as soon as practicable after the examination.
(4) The Director shall inform the new appointee whether
the medical report is favourable or unfavourable.
(5) All communications relating to the medical report on
a new appointee shall be strictly confidential and any officer who
communicates the details of any such medical report to any other

Commissioner
to state reasons
for passing over
officers.

Transfers.
[79/1995].

Date of
appointment.

Medical
examination.

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person, except for the purpose of, and as provided for, in this
regulation, is guilty of an offence and liable to dismissal from the
Police Service.
(6) Where the officer who commits a breach of
subregulation (5) is not a police officer, the Commission shall
report the officer to the appropriate Service Commission for
consideration by that Service Commission.

CHAPTER IV

STAFF REPORTS
31. (1) The Commissioner shall forward to the Director in
each year—
(a) in respect of all police officers who are within

the scale of pay, a staff report not later than sixty
days before an increment is due to an officer; and

(b) in respect of all police officers who are at the
maximum in the scale of pay or who receive a
fixed pay, a staff report not later than the
anniversary of the date of appointment of an
officer to the office.

(2) A staff report shall relate to the period of service
during the immediately preceding twelve months.
(3) In the preparation of a staff report, the
Commissioner shall be guided by his own deliberate judgment
and shall in such report—
(a) make an unbiased assessment of the police

officer’s performance and conduct over the past
twelve months; and

(b) give an indication of the future prospects of the
police officer.

(4) A staff report shall be in such form as may from time
to time be prescribed by the Commission and shall be made in
respect of every police officer whether he holds an acting
appointment, a temporary appointment or is employed for a
specified period.

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32. In order that a police officer may be given every
opportunity to correct any shortcomings which he might evince
during the course of the twelve months’ period of service to be
reported on, the Commissioner shall—
(a) as and when such shortcomings are noticed,

cause the police officer to be informed in
writing thereof;

(b) when adverse markings are included in the staff
report, cause the police officer to be informed in
writing thereof before he submits the report to
the Director.

33. (1) A staff report made in respect of an officer under
regulation 31 shall be the basis for determining the eligibility of
an officer for—
(a) an increment; and
(b) promotion.
(2) Where the Commissioner, in a report made under
regulation 31, recommends that an increment ought not to be
granted, he shall notify the police officer in writing, not later
than sixty days before the increment is due, of the reasons for
which he considers that the increment ought not to be granted,
and the police officer may, within seven days of the receipt of
such notification, make representations in writing through the
Commissioner to the Commission.
(3) An annual increment shall not be suspended except
on the authority of the Commission.
(4) Where the Commission, after considering any
representation by a police officer made under subregulation (2),
supports the recommendation of the Commissioner referred to in
subregulation (2), or where in the opinion of the Commission a
report made under regulation 31 does not justify the payment of
an increment to the police officer, the Commission shall notify
the police officer in writing of its decision to suspend the
payment of the increment.
(5) The Commission may suspend under subregulation (4)

the payment of an increment subject to subregulation (6) for a
period not exceeding six months.

Officer to be
informed of
adverse report.

Annual
increments.

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(6) Where the Commission suspends an increment
under subregulation (4) for a specified period, the Commissioner
shall, not less than thirty days before the expiration of the
specified period, make a report on such police officer and if in
the opinion of the Commission—
(a) the report justifies the payment of the increment,

the Commission shall grant the increment
which shall be payable from the date from
which it is granted;

(b) the report does not justify the payment of the
increment, the Commission may suspend the
payment of the increment for a further period
not exceeding six months.

(7) Where the Commission suspends the payment of an
increment to a police officer under this regulation, the suspension
shall not affect the police officer’s incremental date.

CHAPTER V
PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENTS

34. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, a police
officer on first appointment to the Police Service shall be
required to serve on probation for a period of two years.
35. (1) Where a police officer is to be appointed to an office
in which he has performed the duties, whether in an acting or
temporary capacity, for periods of equal or longer duration than
the period of probation prescribed in regulation 34, the police
officer shall not be required to serve on probation.
(2) Where a police officer is appointed on promotion to
an office in which he has acted satisfactorily for periods of less
duration than the period of probation prescribed in regulation 36,
not more than one year and not less than six months acting
service may be offset against the period of probation.

36. (1) Subject to regulation 35, a police officer who is
appointed on promotion to an office may be required to serve on
probation for one year in the office to which he is promoted.

Period of
probation on
first
appointment.

Probation not
required or may
be offset in
certain cases.

Probation on
promotion.

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Waiver of
portion of
period of
probation.

Principles to be
observed while
officer on
probation.

(2) Subject to subregulation (3), where within two years
immediately preceding his promotion a police officer has served
in an acting appointment in the office to which he is promoted,
the period of probation shall be abated by the extent of the
aggregate of service in such acting appointment unless the
Commission otherwise directs.
(3) In calculating the aggregate of service in an acting
appointment for the purpose of subregulation (2), only
continuous service of three months or more shall count.

37. Where a police officer is promoted before he has
completed the full period of probation in his former office, the
unserved portion of that period of probation shall be deemed to
be waived and the police officer deemed to be confirmed in
that appointment.

38. The following principles shall be observed for the
treatment of a police officer during his period of probation:
(a) the police officer on probation shall be given an

opportunity to learn his work and be tested as to
his suitability for it;

(b) he shall be accorded all possible facilities for
acquiring experience in his duties;

(c) he shall be subject to continual and
sympathetic supervision;

(d) so far as the exigencies of the Service permit, he
shall be assigned to duty only where such
observation is possible; and

(e) if at any time during his period of probation he
shall exhibit tendencies which render it in any
way doubtful that he is likely to become fit for
confirmation in his appointment, these shall at
once be drawn to his attention in writing by the
Commissioner and he shall be given such
assistance as may be possible to enable him to
correct his faults.

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Confidential
reports.

39. (1) In the case of a police officer serving a two-year
period of probation, the Commissioner shall furnish to the
Director three confidential reports as follows:
(a) a first report after the police officer has

completed one year’s service;
(b) an interim report six months before the period of

probation expires; and
(c) a final report one month before the period of

probation expires.
(2) In the case of a police officer serving a one-year
period of probation, the Commissioner shall furnish to the
Director two confidential reports as follows:
(a) a first report six months before the period of

probation expires;
(b) a final report one month before the period of

probation expires.
(3) The Director shall report to the Commission whenever
the Commissioner fails to submit a confidential report on an officer
on probation within the terms specified in this regulation.
(4) In submitting the final report, the Commissioner
shall make a firm recommendation—
(a) that the police officer be confirmed in the

appointment; or
(b) that the period of probation be extended; or
(c) that the police officer’s appointment on

probation be terminated; or
(d) that the police officer return to his former office.
(5) The report of the Commissioner under this regulation
shall not be seen by the police officer on probation, but any
adverse comments on his work shall be in specific terms; the
officer shall be notified in writing in duplicate as early as possible,
so that he should have sufficient time in which to make an effort
to correct his shortcomings before his period of probation expires.
The police officer shall retain the original notification and shall
sign the duplicate and return it to the Commissioner for the record.

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40. (1) Before any recommendation is made to the
Commission for the extension of a police officer’s period of probation
or for the termination of his appointment, the Commissioner shall
inform the police officer of this recommendation and of the specific
reasons therefor and he shall invite the police officer to submit any
representations he may wish to make.
(2) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, the
first appointment on probation of a police officer may, at any time
during the period of probation, be terminated by the Commission.
41. (1) If, after consideration of the final report of the
Commissioner, the Commission is satisfied that the police officer’s
probationary service has been satisfactory, he shall be confirmed in
his appointment with effect from the date of appointment.
(2) If the Commission is not satisfied that the police
officer’s probationary service has been satisfactory, the period
of probation may be extended for a further period.
42. Where a police officer’s period of probation has been
extended and he is subsequently confirmed in his appointment,
the Commission may direct that the police officer’s increment
be paid—
(a) with effect from the date following that on

which the extended period of probation expired
without change in the incremental date; or

(b) with effect from the date following that on
which the extended period of probation expired
which would then become his incremental date.

43. The Commissioner shall keep a record of every police
officer who has been appointed on probation in the Service.

CHAPTER VI
RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND
TERMINATION OF APPOINTMENTS

44. (1) A police officer who wishes to resign shall give to the
Commission notice in writing of his intention at least one month

Extension of
probation.

Confirmation of
appointment.

Incremental date
where period of
probation
extended.

Commissioner
to keep record.

Resignation.

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before the date on which he wishes to relinquish his appointment,
but the Commission may waive the requirement of notice in
whole or in part if it thinks fit.
(2) Notwithstanding any regulation respecting the non-
forfeiture of leave, a police officer who fails without reasonable
cause to comply with subregulation (1) may forfeit all leave and
the benefits and privileges accruing to him in respect of leave.
(3) An officer is not entitled to withdraw his notice of
resignation before such resignation becomes effective, but the
Commission may accept such withdrawal if tendered in writing
at any time before the effective date of the resignation.
45. A police officer who is absent from duty without leave
for a period of one month may be declared by the Commission to
have resigned his office and thereupon the office becomes vacant
and the police officer ceases to be a police officer.
46. The services of a police officer may be terminated only
for the reasons stated below:
(a) Where the police officer holds a

permanent appointment—
(i) on dismissal or removal in consequence

of disciplinary proceedings;
(ii) on compulsory retirement;
(iii) on voluntary retirement;
(iv) on retirement for medical reasons;
(v) on being retired in the public interest;
(vi) on resignation without benefits payable

under any written law providing for the
grant of pensions, gratuities or
compensation;

(vii) on the abolition of office.
(b) Where the police officer holds a

temporary appointment—
(i) on the expiry or other termination of an

appointment for a specified period;

Abandonment.

Reasons for
termination of
appointment.

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Compulsory and
voluntary
retirement.

Commissioner
to notify
Director of
officers to retire
compulsorily.

(ii) where the office itself is of a temporary
nature and is no longer necessary;

(iii) on the termination of appointment in the
case of a police officer on probation;

(iv) on the termination of appointment in the
case of an officer holding a non-
pensionable office with no service in a
pensionable office;

(v) on dismissal or removal in consequence
of disciplinary proceedings;

(vi) ill health.
(c) Where the police officer is on contract, his

services shall be terminated in accordance with
the terms of the contract.

47. (1) A police officer in the First Division—
(i) shall be required to retire on attaining the

age of sixty years;
(ii) may, with the approval of the

Commission, retire on attaining the age
of fifty-five years;

(iii) may, with the permission of the President,
retire on attaining the age of fifty years, if
he has had not less than thirty years
continuous service.

(2) A police officer in the Second Division—
(i) shall be required to retire on attaining the

age of fifty-five years;
(ii) may, with the approval of the Commission,

retire on attaining the age of fifty years.

48. The Commissioner shall inform the Director of all
officers in the Service who are within one year of the compulsory
retirement age.

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Premature
retirement.
[175/1993].

Retirement in
the public
interest.
[80/2006].

49. (1) If it appears to the Commission that a police officer
in the First Division who has attained the age of fifty years ought
to be called upon to retire from the Service, the Commission shall
advise the police officer accordingly.
(2) Any such police officer shall be afforded an
opportunity of submitting to the Commission any representations
he may wish to make regarding his proposed retirement.
(3) If the Commission, after considering the
representations, if any, made by the police officer, is of the
opinion that, having regard to all the circumstances of the case,
the police officer should be retired in the public interest, the
Commission shall require the police officer to retire on such date
as the Commission shall determine, and the police officer shall be
retired accordingly.

50. (1) Where it is represented to the Commission or the
Commission considers it desirable in the public interest that any
police officer should be required to retire from the Police Service,
it shall call for a full report on the police officer from the
Commissioner and may take into account the police officer’s
previous record during the last preceding five years or where the
police officer has less than five years service, the police officer’s
record during his period of service.
(2) Where the police officer is the Commissioner, the
Commission shall call for a full report and such record from the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security.
(3) If, after considering such report and such record and
giving the police officer an opportunity to submit a reply to the
grounds on which his retirement is contemplated and, having
regard to the condition of the Police Service, the usefulness of
the police officer thereto, and all the other circumstances of the
case, the Commission is satisfied that it is desirable in the public
interest to do so, it shall require the police officer to retire on
such date as the Commission shall determine, and he shall be
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51. (1) The Commission may terminate the appointment of
a police officer on grounds of inefficiency as a result of a number
of adverse reports.
(2) Where the Commissioner makes a recommendation
in writing that the appointment of a police officer should be
terminated on grounds of inefficiency, the police officer shall be
informed in writing of such recommendation and shall be given
an opportunity to make representations thereon.
(3) Where a police officer makes representations under
subregulation (2), the representations shall be forwarded in their
original form to the Commission by the Commissioner together
with such comments as the Commissioner thinks fit.
(4) The Commission may, upon application of the police
officer or on its own motion, cause an investigation to be made
before making a final decision.

52. The Commission may terminate the appointment of a
female police officer who is married on the grounds that her
family obligations are affecting the efficient performance of her
duties and the procedure for the termination of such appointment
shall be in accordance with regulation 51(2), (3) and (4).

53. (1) A Medical Board shall be held whenever it is necessary
for a police officer to be examined with a view to ascertaining
whether or not the officer should be retired on grounds of ill health,
or in any case or class of case in which the Commission directs.
(2) A police officer may be required by the Commission
to undergo a medical examination at any time.
(3) A police officer who is required to undergo a
medical examination shall submit himself to be examined by a
Medical Board at such time and place as the Commissioner may
direct on behalf of the Board.
(4) Where a police officer, through refusal or neglect to
obtain specialist advice or to obtain treatment when so
recommended by the Medical Board, falls sick and in consequence

Termination of
appointment on
grounds of
inefficiency.

Married female
officers.

Medical Boards.

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Unfit officers.

Officer liable to
disciplinary
proceedings.
[214/1990].

}

is unable to perform his duties, the Commission may direct that the
period during which he is unable to perform his duties shall be
counted as leave without pay.
(5) Whenever it is considered necessary for a police
officer to be examined with a view to ascertaining whether or not
he should be retired on grounds of ill health, the Commissioner
shall make a recommendation to this effect to the Commission
and where there is a medical record of the police officer, the
record shall be made available to the Medical Board.
(6) Where a deterioration in the work of the police
officer is the reason or one of the reasons for requesting that the
police officer undergo a medical examination, the Commissioner
shall submit, with his recommendation under subregulation (5), a
detailed report on any change in the quality of the officer’s work
in order to assist the Medical Board in carrying out the medical
examination of the police officer concerned.
54. A police officer who is medically boarded and found
unfit for further service shall not be allowed to remain on duty
after receipt of the Medical Board’s report, and shall be granted
such annual leave and accumulated annual leave for which he is
eligible or two months’ leave, whichever is the greater, as from
the date on which he is notified of his unfitness for further duty.

CHAPTER VII

CONDUCT
55.
to (Revoked by LN 214/1990).
74.

CHAPTER VIII

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
75. A police officer who fails to comply with any regulation,
order or directive for the time being in force in the Police Service
or with any of these Regulations, or commits an offence under

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} (Deleted by LN 214/1990).

these Regulations or the Police Service Regulations, shall be
liable to disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the
procedure prescribed in these Regulations.
76. (Revoked by LN 214/1990).
77. (1) Where a report or allegation is received from which
it appears that a police officer may have committed an offence
other than an offence referred to in regulation 81, the
Commissioner shall forthwith report the matter to the Director
for the information of the Commission.
(2) The Commission, after considering the report made
under subregulation (1), may institute disciplinary proceedings
against the police officer.
(3)
(4)
78. The Commissioner shall report any case not covered by
these Regulations to the Director and the Commission may issue
instructions as to how the case shall be dealt with, and the case
shall be dealt with accordingly.
79. (1) When the Commission becomes aware of any offence
and the Commission is of the opinion that the public interest or the
repute of the Service requires it, the Commission may direct the
police officer in writing to cease to report for duty until further
notice from the Commission, and a police officer so directed shall
cease to perform the functions of his office forthwith.
(2) A police officer directed to cease to perform the
duties of his office in accordance with subregulation (1) shall
continue to draw full pay until such date as shall be specified in
an order made by the Commission under regulation 80.
80. (1) Where there have been or are about to be instituted
against any police officer—
(a) disciplinary proceedings for his dismissal; or
(b) criminal proceedings,

Commissioner
to report officer.
[214/1990].

Commission to
issue
instructions on
how certain
cases to be dealt
with.

Suspension by
Commission.

Interdiction.
[214/1990].

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and where the Commission is of opinion that the public interest
requires that that police officer should forthwith cease to perform
the functions of his office, the Commission shall interdict him
from such performance.
(2) The effective date of interdiction shall be—
(a) where a police officer has continued to perform

the duties of his office, the date of receipt by
him of the notification of his interdiction;

(b) where, in accordance with regulation 79, a police
officer has ceased to perform the duties of his
office, such date as the Commission may direct.

(3) A police officer so interdicted shall, subject to the
provisions of regulation 108, be permitted to receive such
proportion of the pay of his office, not being less than one-half,
as the Commission may determine after taking into consideration
the amounts being deducted per month from the pay of the
police officer.
(4) If disciplinary proceedings against any such police
officer result in his exoneration, he shall be entitled to the full
amount of the remuneration which he would have received if he
had not been interdicted, but if the proceedings result in any
punishment other than dismissal the police officer shall be allowed
such pay as the Commission may in the circumstances determine.
(5) (Deleted by LN 214/1990).

81. (1) Where a report or allegation that a police officer has
committed an offence to which this regulation applies has been
made, the officer making the report or allegation shall warn the
police officer concerned in writing of the report or allegation.
(1A) The report or allegation referred to in subregulation (1)
shall be referred to an officer senior to the officer against whom the
report or allegation has been made including a Head of Division,
other than a Head of Division who may be the disciplinary tribunal
in respect of such report or allegation.

Procedure on
alleged
commission of
offence.
[80/1969
214/1990].

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Ch. 15:01.

Powers of
disciplinary
tribunal.
[214/1990].

(1B) Such officer may charge the officer and refer the
matter to a Head of Division to hear the matter in his capacity as
a disciplinary tribunal pursuant to regulation 82.
(2) The officer making the report or allegation shall hold
an office higher than that of the officer against whom the report
or allegation has been made, but may do so on the information of
any other person.
(3) Nothing in regulations 84 to 87 shall apply to
proceedings on a report or allegation of an offence to which this
regulation applies, but, subject to these Regulations, so much of
the other provisions of this Chapter (other than regulations 89
and 96 to 102) as are applicable shall apply, with such
adaptations and modifications as are necessary, to a disciplinary
tribunal constituted in accordance with regulation 82.
(4) This regulation applies to offences that are the
subject of a delegation by the Commission to the Head of Division,
and a reference to the Head of Division in this regulation or in
regulation 82 shall be read as a reference to the Senior Police
Officer (being an officer of the First Division of the Police Service
set out in the First Schedule to the Police Service Act, other than
an Assistant Superintendent of Police) who is in charge of the
Division or Branch to which the officer, against whom the report
or allegation is made, is attached, and the Commissioner of Police
and the Deputy Commissioner of Police.
82. (1) The Head of Division may be appointed by the
Commission by notice in writing to be a standing or special
disciplinary tribunal in respect of a matter referred to in
regulation 81, and determine such charge and impose any one of
the penalties prescribed in regulation 104(1)(f), (g), or (h).
(2) A fine imposed by the Head of Division pursuant to
subregulation (1), shall not exceed—
(a) where the Head of Division imposing the fine is

a Superintendent, an amount calculated on four
days pay to be deducted from the salary of the
officer in no more than two instalments;

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(b) where the Head of Division imposing the fine is
an officer in the First Division other than a
Superintendent, an amount calculated on four
days pay per month to a maximum of three
months to be deducted from the salary of the
officer in no more than four instalments.

(3) A Head of Division appointed as a tribunal under
this regulation shall not exercise any power as such in a matter
where he is the person making the report or allegation.
83. (1) Where a disciplinary tribunal upon the determination
of a charge against a police officer under regulation 82 finds that
officer guilty and is of opinion that, owing to the special
circumstances of the case (including the previous record of the
offender), the penalty that could be imposed by it is inadequate,
it may so certify and refer the matter to the Commissioner.
(2) The Commissioner may, on receipt of a certificate
made under subregulation (1), impose a penalty prescribed in
regulation 104(1)(c), (f), (g) or (h).
(3) Where a disciplinary tribunal during the course of
hearing a charge against a police officer under regulation 82 is of
the opinion that the matter is such that the officer has been
inadequately charged with an offence to which regulation 82
applies, it may so certify and refer the matter to the Commissioner.
(4) The Commissioner shall on receipt of a certificate
made under subregulation (3) refer the matter forthwith to an
investigating officer to deal with under regulation 84 as if it were
an allegation or an offence to which regulation 77 applies.
84. (1) Where the Commissioner receives a report or an
allegation is received from which it appears that a police officer
may have committed an offence to which regulation 77 applies,
the Commissioner shall, in addition to making a report as
required by regulation 77, concurrently warn the police officer in
writing of the allegation.
(2) An Investigating Officer from the Public Service
Investigations Unit shall be appointed by the Director of
Personnel Administration to investigate the allegation.

Certain
penalties to be
imposed by
Commissioner.
[80/1969
214/1990].

Warning and
Investigation.
[91/2006].

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Personal
explanation.

(2A) An Investigating Officer may also be appointed
from within the Police Service on the instruction of the
Commission and shall hold an office in a grade higher than that
of the officer against whom the allegation has been made.
(3) The investigating officer shall, within three days of
his appointment, give the police officer a written notice
specifying the time, not exceeding seven days, within which he
may, in writing, give an explanation concerning the report or
allegation to the investigating officer.
(4) The investigating officer shall request those persons
who have direct knowledge of the alleged offence to make
written statements within seven days of the receipt of the request
for the information of the Commission.
(5) The investigating officer shall, with all possible
dispatch, but not later than thirty days from the date of his
appointment, forward to the Commission, for the information of
the Commission, the original statements and all relevant
documents, together with his own report on the particular act.
(5A) Where the Commission considers that the
circumstances before it warrant an extension of time, the period
referred to in subregulation (5) may be extended by a period not
exceeding thirty days.
(6) The Commission, after considering the report of
the investigating officer and any explanation given under
subregulation (3), shall decide whether the police officer should be
charged with an offence, and if the Commission decides that the
police officer should be so charged, the Commission shall, as soon
as possible, cause the police officer to be informed in writing of the
offence with which such police officer is charged, together with
such particulars as will leave the police officer under no
misapprehension as to the precise nature of the alleged offence.
(7) Where, in the explanation given under regulation 86(2),
the police officer makes an admission of guilt, the Commission
may determine the penalty to be awarded without further enquiry.
(8) Where the Commission, under section 127 of the
Constitution, has delegated to a police officer its duty of deciding

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under subregulation (6) whether a police officer shall be charged
and of charging such police officer with an offence, the reference
in subregulations (4), (5), (6) and (7) to the Commission shall be
construed as a reference to that police officer.

85. Where a police officer is charged with an offence, he
shall as soon as possible be given a copy of any written
explanation he may have made under regulation 84(3).

86. (1) Where a police officer is charged with an offence,
the police officer shall be requested to state in writing within a
specified period whether he admits or denies the charge and shall
be allowed to give to the disciplinary tribunal or the Commission
any explanation he may wish.
(2) Where a police officer admits the charge under
subregulation (1), he shall be allowed to include in his
explanation any extenuating circumstances in mitigation.

87. Where a police officer—
(a) fails to give an explanation under

regulation 84(3);
(b) fails to admit or deny the charge under

regulation 86(1); or
(c) gives an explanation under regulation 84(3)

or under regulation 86(1), that—
(i) places the facts in dispute; or
(ii) does not exculpate him,
the hearing shall proceed as though the police officer denied
the charge.

88. (1) The police officer shall be allowed to state the names
and addresses of any witnesses to relevant facts whom he may
desire to give evidence at the hearing of the case.
(2) Any such witness who is a police officer shall be
ordered to attend at the hearing of the case and any other witness

Documents to
be supplied to
accused.

Officer to admit
or deny charge
in writing and
may include
explanation.

Hearing on
failure to admit
or deny charge.

Witnesses.

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shall be given due notice that his attendance is desired and of the
time and place of the hearing.
89. (1) Where the Commission under regulation 84(6)
charges a police officer with an offence, it may appoint a
disciplinary tribunal to hear the evidence and find the facts.
(2) A disciplinary tribunal which the Commission
appoints under subregulation (1) may be constituted of—
(a) one officer or person;
(b) an uneven number of officers or persons not

being less than three.
(3) An officer selected under subregulation (2) shall be,
or in the case of a retired officer shall have been, of a grade
higher than that of the officer charged.
90. (1) It shall be the duty of every person or officer appointed
under regulation 89 to hear the evidence, find the facts and make a
report to the Commission in accordance with regulations 92 and 96
as soon as possible, and in the case of an officer, such officer may
not be permitted any leave, other than sick leave or maternity leave,
until the report is made to the Commission.
(2) Where an officer is absent for whatever reason,
including the grant of sick leave, the disciplinary tribunal of
which he is a member may, notwithstanding regulation 89(2)(b),
continue to hear the case and make a report in the absence of
that officer, but such a tribunal shall not be constituted of less
than two members.
91. A police officer who is charged with an offence shall not
be permitted to take leave, other than sick leave or maternity
leave, until the determination of the case.
92. (1) The following procedure shall apply to the hearing
by a disciplinary tribunal of a case against a police officer
charged with an offence:
(a) The police officer shall be summoned to appear

at the hearing of the case and shall be given full
opportunity to defend himself.

Appointment of
disciplinary
tribunal.
[43/2001].

Duty of officers
appointed to
disciplinary
tribunal.
[43/2001].

Officer on
charge not to be
permitted leave.

Procedure at
hearing.
[214/1990].

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Adjournment of
hearing.

(b) The case against the police officer may be
presented by a police officer, but such police
officer shall be the holder of an office higher
than that of the police officer charged.

(c) Before the case against the police officer is
presented, the police officer may submit that the
facts alleged in the charge are not such as to
constitute the offence with which he is charged,
and the disciplinary tribunal shall make a report
of the submission to the Commission for its
decision.

(d) At the hearing before a disciplinary tribunal, the
police officer may conduct his defence either in
person or may be represented by a police officer
of his choice or by his staff association or by an
Attorney-at-law, but where the hearing is before
a disciplinary tribunal constituted of one officer,
the police officer charged shall not be
represented by an Attorney-at-law; where the
police officer is represented by such police
officer or by his staff association or by an
Attorney-at-law, the police officer or his
representative may cross-examine the witnesses
called in support of the case against him.

(e) A true record of the proceedings at the hearing
of the case shall be taken and a copy of the
record shall be made available to the police
officer if he desires to make application for an
appeal to the Public Service Appeal Board.

(2) Nothing in this regulation shall be construed so as to
deprive the police officer from making a submission at any time
that the facts disclosed in the evidence do not support the charge.

93. The hearing of any case may be adjourned from time to
time as may appear necessary for due hearing of the case.

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94. (1) If the police officer does not attend the hearing of the
charge without good reason, the hearing may be proceeded with
and concluded in his absence, but if good reason is given to the
disciplinary tribunal by or on behalf of the police officer why the
police officer is unable to attend the hearing, the hearing shall be
postponed or adjourned, as the case may be.
(2) Where, owing to the absence of the police officer, it
is impossible to comply with the procedure prescribed in
regulation 84(3), regulations 85, 86 and 87 and subregulation (1)
of this regulation, that procedure shall be dispensed with.
95. (1) The standard of proof in any proceedings under this
Chapter shall be on the balance of probabilities.
(2) In the hearing of any matter before it, the Tribunal may
act without regard to technicalities and legal form and shall not be
bound to follow the rules of evidence stipulated in the Evidence Act
but the tribunal may inform itself on any matter in such manner as
it thinks just and may take into account opinion evidence and such
facts as it considers relevant and material but in any such case the
parties to the proceedings shall be given the opportunity if they so
desire of adducing evidence in regard thereto.
(3) No documentary evidence shall be used against the
officer unless he has previously been supplied with a copy
thereof or given access thereto.
(4) Any explanation in respect of an allegation or charge
given by a police officer under regulation 84 shall be admissible
at any hearing.
96. (1) The disciplinary tribunal shall make a report to the
Commission and the report shall contain its findings of fact and
an expression of its opinion as to the meaning and nature of the
facts found, together with the record of the proceedings required
by regulation 92(1)(e).
(2) The disciplinary tribunal shall not disclose the
contents of the report made under subregulation (1) to the police
officer charged or to any other officer not authorised to receive
such report.

Hearing in
absence of
accused officer.

Standard of
proof.
[214/1990
92/2006].

Ch. 7:02.

Tribunal to
report.
[214/1990].

Report
confidential.

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(3) (Revoked by LN 214/1990).

97. (1) Where, during the course of the hearing of a case and
before the hearing is concluded, it appears to the disciplinary
tribunal that there are grounds disclosed which could form the
basis of a charge for which the penalty that could be imposed
could be any one of the penalties specified in regulation 104(1),
the disciplinary tribunal shall adjourn the hearing for a period not
exceeding fourteen days and shall forthwith report its findings of
fact with a report of the proceedings up to date to the Commission.
(2) Where in the opinion of the Commission—
(a) the police officer should be charged with other

offences, the Commission shall cause the officer
to be so charged and the proceedings before
such disciplinary tribunal shall cease; or

(b) the police officer, on the findings of fact
submitted, may be liable to any one of the
penalties specified in regulation 104(1), the
Commission may direct such disciplinary tribunal
to continue the hearing of the evidence, find the
facts and make a report to the Commission.

(3) On consideration of the report of the disciplinary
tribunal under subregulation (2)(b), the Commission may impose
any one of the penalties specified in regulation 104(1).

98. (1) Where the disciplinary tribunal on hearing the
evidence finds that the evidence is insufficient to support the
charge or charges, the disciplinary tribunal shall submit to the
Commission its findings of fact, together with the record of the
proceedings as required in regulation 92(1)(e) without calling on
the officer for his defence.
(2) If on receipt of the report and record of the
proceedings under subregulation (1) the Commission is of the
opinion that the report should be amplified in any respect or that
further inquiry is desirable, it may refer the case back to the
disciplinary tribunal for further enquiry or report accordingly.

Disciplinary
tribunal may
adjourn and
report to
Commission.
[106/1968
80/1969
214/1990].

Disciplinary
tribunal to
report where
evidence
insufficient.
[106/1968].

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99. Where the disciplinary tribunal on hearing the evidence
is of the opinion that such evidence discloses other offences, the
disciplinary tribunal shall report the matter to the Commission
and if the Commission thinks fit to proceed against the police
officer in support of such offences, it shall cause the police
officer to be informed in writing of any further charges made and
the procedure prescribed in these Regulations in respect of the
original charge shall apply in respect of such charges.
100. The Commission may, on its own initiative, hear,
determine and impose a penalty in respect of an allegation of an act
of misconduct by the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner.

101. (1) Where on consideration or the report of the findings
of fact by a disciplinary tribunal under regulation 96 the
Commission is of the opinion that—
(a) the police officer should be exonerated, the

Commission shall exonerate the police officer;
(b) the police officer should be dismissed, the

Commission shall dismiss the police officer; or
(c) a penalty should be imposed, the Commission

may impose any of the penalties specified in
regulation 104.

(1A) The penalty of dismissal from office as a
consequence of disciplinary proceedings shall be imposed only
by the Commission.
(2) The Commission shall, as soon as possible after the
hearing of the charge, inform the police officer in writing of its
findings, the penalty imposed on him and of his right to appeal to
the Public Service Appeal Board.
(3) Where the police officer—
(a) makes an application for an appeal in

accordance with the Public Service Appeal Board
Regulations, the penalty shall not take effect

Disciplinary
tribunal to
report further
grounds
disclosed at
hearing.
[106/1968
80/1969].

Commission to
exercise
disciplinary
control on
Commissioners.
[214/1990].
Commission to
inform officer of
penalty imposed
and of his right
of review.
[214/1990].

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Commission
may remove
officer in public
interest.

Proceedings in
private.

Penalties.

pending the determination of the matter by the
Public Service Appeal Board; or

(b) does not make an application for an appeal to the
Public Service Appeal Board, the penalty shall
take effect at the expiration of the said time.

(4) Where the Commission under subregulation (1)
informs the police officer that the penalty imposed on him is
dismissal, the police officer, notwithstanding that he makes
application for an appeal to the Public Service Appeal Board in
accordance with the Public Service Appeal Board Regulations,
shall not receive any pay or allowances from the date specified
by the Commission.
(5) The failure to inform a police officer of his right
to make application for an appeal and of the specified time for
making such application shall not invalidate the decision of
the Commission.

102. Where on a consideration of the report of the disciplinary
tribunal, the Commission is of the opinion that the police officer
does not deserve to be dismissed by reason of the charges alleged,
but that the proceedings disclose other grounds for removing him
from the Police Service in the public interest, the Commission
may make an order for the removal of such police officer without
recourse to the procedure prescribed by regulation 49.

103. The proceedings before a disciplinary tribunal shall be
held in private.

104. (1) The following are the penalties that may be imposed
by the Commission by disciplinary proceedings brought against
a police officer in respect of an offence:
(a) dismissal, that is, termination of appointment;
(b) reduction in an office, that is, removal to another

grade with an immediate reduction in pay;
(c) reduction of remuneration, that is, an immediate

adjustment of remuneration to a lower point on

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Non-payment of
remuneration on
conviction on a
criminal charge.

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the scale of remuneration attached to the
particular office;

(d) deferment of increment, that is, a postponement
of the date on which the next increment is due,
with corresponding postponements in
subsequent years;

(e) stoppage of increment, that is, no payment for a
specified period of an increment otherwise due;

(f) transfer;
(g) fine;
(h) reprimand.
(2) Where a fine is imposed, the amount of such fine
shall be deducted from the pay of the police officer in such
manner as may be specified at the time the penalty is imposed.
105.

to (Revoked by L N 214/1990).
107.

108. (1) A police officer convicted of a criminal charge and
sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine or
convicted of a criminal charge involving—
(a) dishonesty;
(b) fraud; or
(c) moral turpitude,
shall not receive any pay or allowance after the date of conviction
pending consideration of his case by the Commission.
(2) The Commission may direct that a police officer
convicted of a charge described in subregulation (1) shall cease
to perform the duties of his office forthwith.
(3) Notwithstanding that a police officer convicted of a
charge described in subregulation (1) has appealed against the
conviction, such police officer shall not receive any pay or
allowance after the date of conviction.

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FIRST SCHEDULE
FORM 1

OATH (OR AFFIRMATION) OF OFFICE
I, ......................................................................................................................... do
swear/solemnly declare and affirm, that I will without fear, favour, affection or
ill-will, well and truly perform my duties in the office of Chairman/ Member of
the Police Service Commission in the exercise of the powers vested in the Police
Service Commission under the Constitution and that I will not directly or
indirectly reveal any information to any unauthorised person or otherwise than
in the course of duty.

So help me God.

Sworn/Declared before me this ...................... day of .................., 20 ..............

.........................................................
Judge of the High Court

Application of
Regulations to
all officers.

Regulation 3(1).

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CHAPTER IX
REVIEWS

109.
to (Revoked by LN 214/1990).
116.

CHAPTER X
APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS

117. These Regulations apply to every police officer whether
the police officer is appointed to an office in the Service for an
indeterminate period or on probation.

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FORM 2
OATH (OR AFFIRMATION) OF OFFICER

OF THE COMMISSION
I, .................................................................................................................... do
swear/solemnly declare and affirm, that I will not directly or indirectly reveal
to any unauthorised person or persons or otherwise than in the course of duty
any information in connection with the business of the Commission which
may come to my knowledge in the course of my duties as
Secretary/............................./............................/......................) to the said
Commission.

So help me God.
Sworn/Declared before me this .................. day of ................................., 20......

..............................................................

NOTE ON SECOND SCHEDULE

Regulation 65 which dealt with the incurring of debts by a Police Officer has been revoked
by LN 214/1990.

Judge of the High Court

Regulation 3(2).

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LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

[Subsidiary]

APPOINTMENT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
AND DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

(QUALIFICATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA) ORDER
made under section 123(2) of the Constitution

1. This Order may be cited as the Appointment of the
Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police
(Qualification and Selection Criteria) Order.

2. A candidate for the office of Commissioner of Police or
Deputy Commissioner of Police shall have—
(a) a degree from a university recognised by the

Ministry responsible for higher education in
any of the following:

(i) law;
(ii) criminal justice;
(iii) criminology;
(iv) police service management; or
(v) any other relevant degree; and
(b) no less than fifteen years experience of

increasing responsibility in law enforcement.

3. A candidate for the office of Commissioner of Police or
Deputy Commissioner of Police shall meet the following core
criteria:
(a) leadership skills, which enable him to motivate,

inspire and engender trust and confidence in the
members of the Police Service;

(b) management skills, which include the ability to—
(i) plan and organise operations;
(ii) monitor and implement such plans; and
(iii) identify and rectify problems;
(c) communications skills, both written and oral,

which enable him to deal effectively with the
media and community groups;

165/2007.

Citation.

Qualification
and experience.

Core criteria for
appointment.

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[Subsidiary]

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(d) commitment to the cause of the organisation;
(e) the requisite vision, which will enable him to

guide the Police Service in the specific
direction that will serve the best interest of the
organisation and the nation; and

(f) integrity, having the courage of his convictions
and known among his peers for doing the right
thing regardless of consequence to self and others.

4. Where an officer does not hold the qualifications
stipulated under paragraph 2(a) but meets the core criteria listed
in paragraph 3 and has twenty years experience or more in the
Police Service, he shall nonetheless be considered as a candidate
for appointment.

5. A candidate for the post of Commissioner of Police or
Deputy Commissioner of Police shall not be a bankrupt and shall
not have a conviction for a criminal offence.

Serving
officers.

Candidate not
to be a
bankrupt or
convicted of
criminal
offence.

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[Subsidiary]

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND DEPUTY
COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (SELECTION

PROCESS) ORDER
made under section 123(2) of the Constitution

1. This Order may be cited as the Commissioner of Police
and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection Process) Order.

2. In this Order, “Commission” means the Police Service
Commission established under section 122 of the Constitution.

3. The selection process for appointment to the offices of
Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police
shall be conducted in the following manner:
(a) the Commission shall advertise each vacancy

twice each—
(i) on the Internet;
(ii) in at least two daily newspapers in

circulation—
(A) locally;
(B) regionally; and
(C) internationally; and
(iii) in at least two professional journals in

circulation—
(A) locally;
(B) regionally; and
(C) internationally,

at least four months before the appointment is
to be made;

(b) every applicant shall be required to apply on the
designated form and also submit his personal
biography, two references with current contact
information, and any other relevant information
which he considers will advance his candidacy;

166/2007.

Citation.

Interpreta tion.

Selection
process.

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L.R.O.

(c) the services of a firm, experienced in
conducting assessments of top police managers,
shall be contracted by the Commission to
conduct an assessment process;

(d) applications shall be made to the Commission
and the Commission shall forward them to
the firm;

(e) the firm shall—
(i) establish guidelines for the assessment

process and such guidelines, in writing;
(ii) procure a copy of the Appointment of the

Commissioner of Police and Deputy
Commissioner of Police (Qualification
and Selection Criteria) Order and the
Order; and

(iii) in co-operation with the Commission,
compile a description of the Police
Service and such compilation, in writing,

shall be sent to each candidate at least one
month before the conduct of the assessment
process;

(f) the firm, taking into account only the
applications received, shall determine an
appropriate number of suitable candidates for
the assessment process;

(g) where a candidate is a senior police officer, at
least one of the persons serving on the
assessment panel shall be of an equivalent or
higher rank or position than the rank or position
of the candidate;

(h) the firm shall submit the results of its
assessment process to the Commission in the
form of an Order of Merit List and only
thereafter the Commission may consult or
discuss with the firm those results;

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(i) the Commission shall review the assessment of
not more than the top five candidates from the
Order of Merit List and subsequently conduct
its own interviews with those candidates;

(j) the Commission may gather such other
information on each applicant as it considers
necessary and appropriate to determine the
merits of his application and suitability for the
office for which he is being considered;

(k) where enquiries by the Commission result in an
adverse report of a criminal, legal or ethical
nature, the candidate concerned shall be given an
opportunity to be heard, and may be disqualified
on the basis of such adverse report; and

(l) the Commission shall then take into account all
information on the candidates and select the top
candidate, and submit that candidate’s name to
the President in accordance with section 123(3)
of the Constitution.

4. The Commission has the right to determine the veracity
of any statement or adverse report made to the Commission in
relation to any candidate for the offices of Commissioner of
Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Verification of
reports.

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[Subsidiary]

L.R.O.

PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD
REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION

1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
3. Meetings and procedure of Board.
4. Secretary.
5. Notice of appeal.
6. Time for appeal.
7. Service of notice of appeal.
8. Copy of record and affidavit of service to be filed with Secretary.

8A. Record of disciplinary proceedings to be filed by respondent.
9. Procedure on withdrawing appeal.
10. Entitlement to be represented by an Attorney-at-law.
11. Appeal Board may require production of exhibit.
l2. Power of Appeal Board to dismiss an appeal.
13. Procedure where respondent fails to appear at hearing.
14. Fees.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
SECOND SCHEDULE.

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[Subsidiary]

74/1978.
[172/1978
68/1981
85/1981
179/1985].

Citation.

Interpretation.

Ch. 1:01.

PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD
REGULATIONS

made under section 132(5) of the Constitution

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Public Service
Appeal Board Regulations.

2. In these Regulations—
“appellant” means the public officer in respect of whom a

Service Commission makes a decision as a result of
disciplinary proceedings brought against such officer;

“the Constitution” means the Constitution set out in the Schedule
to the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago Act;

“exhibits” includes all papers, reports, records and other
documents, matters and things used or prepared in
connection with disciplinary proceedings;

“the Public Service Appeal Board” or “the Appeal Board”
means the Public Service Appeal Board constituted under
section 130(1) of the Constitution;

“respondent” means the Director of Personnel Administration;
“Secretary” means the Secretary to the Public Service

Appeal Board;
“Service Commission” means—
(a) the Judicial and Legal Service Commission

established under section 110(1) of
the Constitution;

(b) the Public Service Commission established
under section 120(1) of the Constitution;

(c) the Police Service Commission established
under section 122(1) of the Constitution;

(d) the Teaching Service Commission established
under section 124(1) of the Constitution,

and includes any person to whom the powers of a Service
Commission have been delegated.

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L.R.O.

3. (1) The Appeal Board shall meet at such times as may
be necessary for the purpose of performing its functions.
(2) Meetings shall be held on such days and at such
times and place as the Chairman may determine.
(3) The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the
Appeal Board.
(4) In this regulation “meetings” includes the hearing of
an appeal.

4. (1) The Appeal Board shall have a Secretary who shall
be a public officer.
(2) The Secretary shall keep proper records of all
proceedings before the Appeal Board.
(3) The Secretary shall, not less than seven days before
the date fixed for the hearing of an appeal, notify both the
appellant and the appropriate Service Commission of such date in
the form set out as Form 2 in the First Schedule.

5. (1) Every appeal to the Appeal Board shall be by way of
rehearing and shall be brought by a notice in the form set out as
Form 1 in the First Schedule.
(2) A notice under subregulation (1) shall—
(a) set forth the grounds of appeal;
(b) state whether the appeal is against the whole or

part only of the decision of the appropriate
Service Commission and where it is against part
only, specify which part;

(c) state the nature of the relief sought; and
(d) be signed by the appellant or his

legal representative.
(3) Where the grounds of appeal allege misdirection
or error in law, particulars of the misdirection or error shall be
clearly stated.

Meetings and
procedure of
Board.
[172/1978].

Secretary.
[172/1978
179/1985].

Form 2.
First Schedule.

Notice of
appeal.
[179/1985].
Form 1.
First Schedule.

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Public Service Appeal Board Regulations[Subsidiary]

(4) The grounds of appeal upon which the appellant
intends to rely at the hearing of the appeal shall be set out
concisely and under distinct heads, without any argument or
narrative and shall be numbered consecutively.
(5) No ground which is vague or general in terms or which
discloses no reasonable grounds of appeal shall be permitted, save
the general ground that the judgment is against the weight of the
evidence, and any ground of appeal or any part thereof which is not
permitted under this regulation may be struck out by the Appeal
Board of its own motion or on application by the respondent.
(6) No appellant may, without leave of the Appeal Board,
urge or be heard in support of any ground of objection not
mentioned in the notice of appeal, but the Appeal Board may in its
discretion and upon such conditions as it considers just, allow an
appellant to amend the grounds of appeal specified in the notice.
(7) Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation,
the Appeal Board in deciding the appeal—
(a) shall not be confined to the grounds set forth by

the appellant;
(b) shall not rest its decision on any ground not set

forth by the appellant unless the respondent has
had sufficient opportunity of contesting the
matter on that ground.

6. (1) A notice of appeal shall be filed with the Secretary
within fourteen days of the date of the receipt by the appellant of
the decision, in writing, of the appropriate Service Commission.
(2) The Secretary shall keep a record of and assign a
number to each notice of appeal which is filed.
(3) Notwithstanding subregulation (1), the Appeal
Board may extend the period specified in that subregulation if an
application for an extension of time is made within one month of
the expiration of that period.

Time for appeal.
[172/1978
68/1981
85/1981
179/1985].

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(4) An application under subregulation (3) shall be made
in the form set out as Form 2 in the First Schedule and shall be
supported by an affidavit as to the facts contained in the application.

7. A true copy of the notice of appeal shall be served upon
the respondent within seven days after the original notice has
been filed.

8. An appellant shall, within three weeks of the filing of his
notice of appeal or within such extended time as may be granted
by the Appeal Board under subregulation (3) of regulation 6, file
with the Secretary an affidavit of service of the notice of appeal
in the form set out as Form 3 in the First Schedule.

8A. (1) Where an appeal against the decision of a Service
Commission has been filed, the respondent shall, within three
weeks of the service of notice of appeal or within such extended
time as may be granted by the Appeal Board, file with the
Secretary five copies (or such greater number as the Secretary
may require) of the record of the disciplinary proceedings upon
which the decision of the Commission was based.
(2) When the provisions of subregulation (1) have been
complied with, the Secretary shall—
(a) give to the appellant notice of the filing of the

record in the form set out as Form 4 in the First
Schedule together with a copy of that record; and

(b) keep for the use of the Appeal Board three copies
(or such greater number as may be required) of
the record and of any notice or other document
received by him after the record has been filed.

9. An appellant who desires to withdraw his appeal shall—
(a) file with the Secretary a notice in the form set

out as Form 6 in the First Schedule;
(b) serve on the respondent a copy of the notice

of withdrawal.

Form 2.
First Schedule.

Service of
notice of appeal.

Copy of record
and affidavit of
service to be
filed with
Secretary.
[68/1981
85/1981
179/1985].
Form 3
First Schedule.
Record of
disciplinary
proceedings to
be filed by
respondent.
[68/1981
85/1981].

Form 4.
First Schedule.

Procedure on
withdrawing
appeal.
[179/1985].
Form 6.
First Schedule.

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10. (1) A public officer is entitled on an appeal to be
represented—
(a) by an Attorney-at-law or an officer of the service

of which he is a member, selected by him; or
(b) by a member of his staff association.
(2) On an appeal the respondent may appear in person or
may be represented by a legal or other representative.
11. On an appeal the Appeal Board may at any time require
the production of any exhibit which in its opinion is relevant to
the proceedings before it.
12. (1) Where after filing a notice of appeal, an appellant—
(a) fails to comply further with any other

requirement of these Regulations; or
(b) fails to appear on the date of the hearing,
the Appeal Board may dismiss the appeal.
(2) An appellant whose appeal has been dismissed under
subregulation (1) may apply for the restoration of his appeal in
the form set out as Form 7 in the First Schedule, supporting such
application by an affidavit as to the facts contained therein.
(3) Where an application is made pursuant to
subregulation (2), the Appeal Board may, if it is satisfied that the
justice of the case so demands, order that the appeal should be
restored on such terms as it thinks fit.
(4) No application may be made under this regulation
after the expiration of twenty-one days from the date of the
dismissal of the appeal.
13. (1) Where the respondent fails to appear on the date of
the hearing of an appeal, the Appeal Board may proceed to hear
the matter ex parte.
(2) The respondent may, where an appeal is heard ex parte,
apply by notice in the form set out as Form 8 in the First Schedule
to the Appeal Board to set aside its decision.

Entitlement to
be represented
by an Attorney-
at-law.

Appeal Board
may require
production of
exhibit.

Power of
Appeal Board to
dismiss an
appeal.
[68/1981
85/1981].

Form 7.
First Schedule.

Procedure
where
respondent fails
to appear at
hearing.
[179/1985].

Form 8.
First Schedule.

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L.R.O.

(3) The Appeal Board may, where an application is
made pursuant to subregulation (2), and if it is satisfied that the
justice of the case so demands, order a rehearing of the appeal.
(4) No application may be made under this regulation
after the expiration of twenty-one days from the date when the
appeal was heard ex parte.

14. (1) Every person whether or not a party to an appeal
before the Appeal Board shall, upon payment of the prescribed
fee, be entitled to a copy of any judgment, order or other
document set out in the Second Schedule.
(2) The fees referred to in this regulation shall be taken
by adhesive stamps, which stamps shall be defaced and
cancelled in indelible ink by an officer duly authorised by the
Appeal Board.

Fees.
[179/1985].

Second
Schedule.

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Public Service Appeal Board Regulations[Subsidiary]

FIRST SCHEDULE

FORM 1
BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD

NOTICE OF APPEAL
Appeal No ................................... of 20......

Between

......................................................................................................................... Appellant
And

..................................................................................................................... Respondent


TAKE NOTICE that the Appellant being dissatisfied with the decision or part thereof of
the .................................................... Service Commission given on the
................................ day of ....................................., 20......... and more particularly
stated in paragraph 2 hereby appeals against such decision or part thereof to the Public
Service Appeal Board on the grounds set forth in paragraph 3 and will at the hearing
of the appeal seek the relief set out in paragraph 4.
2. ..................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................

3. State grounds of appeal and particulars of the misdirection or error in law on
which the decision was based:
(a) ..........................................................................................................................
(b) ..........................................................................................................................
(c) ..........................................................................................................................
(d) ..........................................................................................................................
4. ..................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................

Dated this .............. day of ..................................., 20 .......

.......................................................................

[172/1978
68/1981
85/1981
179/1985].
Regulation
5(1).

(Insert here the relief sought from the Public Service Appeal Board)

Appellant or his Legal Representative

(Insert here the decision or the part thereof against which the notice of appeal is filed)

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L.R.O.

(Address)

Secretary, Public Service Appeal Board

Regulations 4(3)
& 6(4).

FORM 2

BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD
NOTICE OF HEARING OF APPEAL

Appeal No ....................................... of 20......

Between
...........................................................................................................................Appellant

And
....................................................................................................................... Respondent
TAKE NOTICE that the above-mentioned Appeal will come on for hearing before the
Public Service Appeal Board at ........................................................................................

on the ............ day of ................., 20 ........ at ........... a.m./p.m. and continuing thereafter
as the Board may direct.

Dated this .................. day of ....................................., 20 .......

.........................................................................

To: .....................................
......................................
......................................
......................................

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Public Service Appeal Board Regulations[Subsidiary]

(State reason why appeal was not filed within the specified period)

Name of Applicant

Applicant

Regulation 8. FORM 3

BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD
APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO

FILE APPEAL

In the Matter of ........................................................................................................


And

the .................................................................................................. Service Commission
And

In the Matter of an Application for an Extension of Time to File an Appeal

I, ................................................ of ..................................................................................

occupation ...................................................................... hereby apply for an extension of

time to file an appeal against the decision of the ..................................................................

Service Commission given on the ............. day of ..................., 20 ....... I was unable to
file the appeal within the period specified by the Public Service Appeal Board
Regulations because ........................................................................................................

..........................................................................................................................................

..........................................................................................................................................


Dated this ...........................day of .........................................., 20 .......

..................................................................................

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L.R.O.

FORM 4
BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD

NOTICE THAT RECORD HAS BEEN FILED
Appeal No ....................................... of 20......

Between
.......................................................................................................................... Appellant

And
....................................................................................................................... Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that the Respondent has filed the record of the Proceedings (a copy
of which is enclosed) pursuant to Regulation 8A(1) of the Public Service Appeal
Board Regulations.

Dated this .................... day of ................................., 20 .......

.........................................................................

To the Appellant
...............................................................
...............................................................
...............................................................

FORM 5
BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD

NOTICE THAT RECORD HAS BEEN FILED
Appeal No .................of 20.......

Between

.......................................................................................................................... Appellant
And

....................................................................................................................... Respondent
TAKE NOTICE that the Appellant has filed the record and documents required to be
filed pursuant to regulation 8A(2)(a) of the Public Service Appeal Board Regulations.


.........................................................................

To the Respondent.
...............................................................
...............................................................
...............................................................

Secretary, Public Service Appeal Board

Secretary, Public Service Appeal Board

Regulation
8A(2)(a).

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Public Service Appeal Board Regulations[Subsidiary]

FORM 6
BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEAL
Appeal No .................... of 20............

Between
.......................................................................................................................... Appellant

And
....................................................................................................................... Respondent
TAKE NOTICE that the Appellant hereby withdraws his appeal against the
Respondent in the above-named appeal.

Dated this ................... day of .................................................., 20 .......

.................................................................

FORM 7
BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR RESTORATION
OF APPEAL

Appeal No ...................... of 20...........

Between

.......................................................................................................................... Appellant
And

....................................................................................................................... Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that I .............................. the Appellant in the above-named appeal
which was dismissed on the .......... day of ........................., 20 ........ hereby apply for
the restoration of the said appeal on the grounds that—

(a) ..........................................................................................................................

(b) ..........................................................................................................................

(c) ..........................................................................................................................

Appellant

Regulation 9(a).

Regulation
12(2).

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FORM 8

BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SETTING ASIDE
DECISION IN APPEAL TAKEN EX PARTE

Appeal No ...................... of 20......

Between
.......................................................................................................................... Appellant

And

....................................................................................................................... Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that the .............................................................. Service Commission,

the Respondent in the above-named appeal which was decided ex parte on the
......................... day of ................................., 20...... hereby applies for a setting aside
of that decision on the grounds that—
(a) ........................................................................................................................
(b) ........................................................................................................................
(c) ........................................................................................................................
(d) ........................................................................................................................
(e) ........................................................................................................................


Dated this .............. day of ................................., 20......

......................................................

(d) ..........................................................................................................................

(e) ..........................................................................................................................


Dated this ................. day of ................................., 20.......

..................................................................

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L.R.O.

Applicant/Respondent

(State grounds on which application is based)

Regulation
13(2).

Applicant/Appellant

(State grounds on which application is based)

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Public Service Appeal Board Regulations[Subsidiary]

Regulation
14(1).
[179/1985].


Documents

1. For a copy of judgment after trial… … … …
2. For a copy of a judgment by default of appearance or defence
3. For a copy of reasons for judgment of a Court per each

page or part thereof … … … … …
but not to exceed… … … … … …
4. For a photographic copy of all or any part of any document

whether or not issued as an office copy—for each photographic sheet
5. For a typewritten copy of any document per folio of 100

words or part thereof … … … … …
6. For each folio of 100 words or part thereof of any additional

carbon copy, be spoken … … … … …

SECOND SCHEDULE

2.50
1.50

1.00
25.00


1.25

.25

.15

Fees
$ ¢

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Constitution of the Republic

Chap. 1:01 191

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POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION (APPEAL)
REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION

1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
3. Meetings of Commission.
4. Composition of the Commission for hearing of appeals.
5. Procedure for notice of appeal.
6. Time for filing appeal.
7. Service of notice of appeal.
8. Procedure on notice of appeal.
9. Procedure on withdrawal of appeal.
10. Entitlement to representation by Attorney-at-law.
11. Production of exhibits Commission may require.
12. Power of Commission to dismiss appeals.
13. Non-appearance of respondent at hearing.
14. Powers of Commission.
15. Presentation of evidence.
16. Commission not bound by rules of evidence.
17. Functions of Commission.
18. Powers of Commission on appeal.
19. Copies of appeal documents.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
SECOND SCHEDULE.

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270/2009.

Citation.

Interpretation.

Ch. 1:01.

Ch. 15:01.

Meetings of
Commission.

POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION (APPEAL)
REGULATIONS

made with the consent of the Prime Minister under section 129 of
the Constitution

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Police Service
Commission (Appeal) Regulations.

2. In these Regulations—
“appellant” means a police officer in respect of whom the

Commissioner of Police or any person to whom the powers
of the Commissioner of Police have been delegated makes
a decision as a result of disciplinary proceedings brought
against such officer or on promotion who files an appeal;

“the Constitution” means the Constitution set out in the Schedule to
the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act;

“exhibits” includes all papers, reports, records and other
documents, matters and things used or prepared in
connection with disciplinary proceedings or promotion;

“police officer” means a member of the Police Service;
“Police Service” means the Police Service established by section 4

of the Police Service Act;
“respondent” means the Commissioner of Police;
“the Commission” means the Police Service Commission as

established by section 122(1) of the Constitution.

3. (1) The Commission shall meet at such times as may be
necessary for the purpose of performing its functions stipulated
in section 123(1)(f) of the Constitution.
(2) Hearings shall be held on such days and at such
times and place as the Commission may determine.
(3) The Chairman or in his absence any member of the
Commission with the consent of the Commission shall preside at
any meeting of the Commission.

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L.R.O.

Composition of
the Commission
for hearing of
appeals.

Procedure for
notice of
appeal.
First Schedule.

4. In hearing and determining an appeal the Commission
shall be comprised of no less than three members.

5. (1) Every disciplinary appeal to the Commission shall
be by way of rehearing and shall be brought by a notice in the
form set out as Form 1 in the First Schedule.
(2) Every promotion appeal shall be brought by notice
in the form set out as Form 1 in the First Schedule.
(3) A notice under subregulation (1) or (2) shall—
(a) set forth the grounds of appeal;
(b) state whether the appeal is against the whole or

part only of the decision of the respondent and
where it is against part only, specify which part;

(c) state the nature of the relief sought; and
(d) be signed by the appellant or his legal

representative.
(4) Where the grounds of appeal allege misdirection or
error in law, particulars of the misdirection or error shall be
clearly stated.
(5) The grounds of appeal upon which the appellant
intends to rely at the hearing of the appeal shall be set out
concisely and under distinct heads, without any argument or
narrative and shall be numbered consecutively.
(6) No ground which is vague or general in terms or
which discloses no reasonable grounds of appeal shall be
permitted, save the general ground that the judgment is against
the weight of the evidence, and any ground of appeal or any part
thereof which is not permitted under this regulation may be
struck out by the Commission of its own motion or on
application by the respondent.
(7) No apellant may, without leave of the Commission,
urge or be heard in support of any ground of objection not
mentioned in the notice of appeal, but the Commission may in its
discretion and upon conditions as it considers just, allow an
appellant to amend the grounds of appeal specified in the notice.

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Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations[Subsidiary]

Form 2.
First Schedule.

Time for filing
appeal.

Form 3.
First Schedule.

Service of
notice of
appeal.

Procedure on
notice of
appeal.

(8) Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation,
the Commission in deciding the appeal—
(a) shall not be confined to the grounds set forth by

the appellant;
(b) shall not rest its decision on any ground not set

forth by the appellant unless the respondent has
had sufficient opportunity of contesting the
matter on that ground.

(9) Parties to an appeal shall be given notice of the date
fixed for the hearing of an appeal in the form set out as Form 2
of the First Schedule not less than seven days before the date
fixed for hearing of an appeal.
6. (1) A notice of appeal shall be filed with the
Commission within fourteen days of the date of the receipt by the
appellant of the decision of the respondent.
(2) The Commission shall keep a record of and assign a
number to each notice of appeal which is filed.
(3) Notwithstanding subregulation (1), the Commission

may extend the period specified in that subregulation, in
particular, in relation to matters decided prior to the coming into
effect of these Regulations.
(4) An application under subregulation (3) shall be

made in the form set out as Form 3 in the First Schedule and shall
be supported by an affidavit as to the facts contained in the
application.
7. A true copy of the notice of appeal shall be served upon
the respondent by the Commission within seven days after the
original notice has been filed.
8. (1) Where an appeal against the decision of the
respondent in a disciplinary matter has been filed, the respondent
shall, within three weeks of the service of notice of appeal or
within such extended time as may be granted by the
Commission, file with the Commission ten copies (or such

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L.R.O.

Form 4.
First Schedule.

Procedure on
withdrawal of
appeal.
Form5.
First Schedule.

Entitlement to
representation
by Attorney-at-
law.

Production of
exhibits
Commission
may require.

greater number as the Commission may require) of the record of
the disciplinary proceedings upon which the decision of the
respondent was based.
(2) After receiving the notice of appeal in a promotion
matter the respondent shall within three weeks of the service of
notice of appeal or within such extended time as may be granted
by the Commission forward to the Commission ten copies of all
documents relevant to the decision appealed.
(3) When the provisions of subregulations (1) and (2)
have been complied with, the Commission shall—
(a) give to the appellant notice of the filing of the

record in the form set out as Form 4 in the First
Schedule together with a copy of that record; and

(b) keep for the use of the Commission six copies
(or such greater number as may be required) of
the record and of any notice or other document
received by it after the record has been filed.

9. An appellant who desires to withdraw his appeal shall—
(a) file with the Commission a notice in the form

set out as Form 5 in the First Schedule; and
(b) serve on the respondent a copy of the notice of

withdrawal.

10. (1) A police officer is entitled on an appeal to be
represented—
(a) by an Attorney-at-law or an officer of the Police

Service selected by him; or
(b) by a member of his staff association.
(2) On an appeal the respondent may appear in person
or may be represented by a legal or other representative.

11. On an appeal the Commission may at any time require
the production of any exhibit which in its opinion is relevant to
the proceedings before it.

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Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations[Subsidiary]

Power of
Commission to
dismiss appeals.

Form 6.
First Schedule.

Non-
appearance of
respondent at
hearing.

Form 7.
First Schedule.

Powers of
Commission.

12. (1) Where after filing a notice of appeal, an appellant—
(a) fails to comply further with any other

requirement of these Regulations; or
(b) fails to appear on the date of the hearing, the

Commission may dismiss the appeal.
(2) An appellant whose appeal has been dismissed
under subregulation (1) may apply for the restoration of his
appeal in the form set out as Form 6 in the First Schedule,
supporting such application by an affidavit as to the facts
contained therein.
(3) Where an application is made pursuant to
subregulation (2), the Commission may, if it is satisfied that the
justice of the case so demands, order that the appeal should be
restored on such terms as it thinks fit.
(4) No application may be made under this regulation
after the expiration of twenty-one days from the date of the
dismissal of the appeal.
13. (1) Where the respondent fails to appear on the date of
the hearing of an appeal, the Commission may proceed to hear
the matter ex parte.
(2) The respondent may, where an appeal is heard ex parte,
apply by notice in the form set out as Form 7 in the First Schedule
to set aside the decision.
(3) The Commission may, where an application is made
pursuant to subregulation (2), and if it is satisfied that the justice
of the case so demands, order a rehearing of the appeal.
(4) No application may be made under this regulation
after the expiration of twenty-one days from the date when the
appeal was heard ex parte.
14. (1) Where in any proceedings before the Commission a
vacancy occurs in the membership in relation to such
proceedings by reason of the inability from any cause of any
member to continue to function, the remaining members shall
continue to hear and determine those proceedings

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L.R.O.

Presentation of
evidence.

Commission
not bound by
rules of
evidence.

Ch. 7:02.

Functions of
Commission.

Powers of
Commission on
appeal.

Copies of
appeal
documents.

Second
Schedule.

notwithstanding such vacancy and no act, proceedings or
determination of the Commission shall be called in question or
invalidated by reason of such.

15. The Commission may require evidence or argument to
be presented in writing and may decide the matters upon which
it will hear oral evidence or argument.

16. In the hearing and determination of any matter before it,
the Commission may act without regard to technicalities and
legal form and shall not be bound to follow the rules of evidence
stipulated in the Evidence Act, but the Commission may inform
itself on any matter in such manner as it thinks just and may take
into account opinion, evidence and such facts as it considers
relevant and material, but in any such case the parties to the
proceedings shall be given the opportunity, if they so desire, of
adducing evidence in regard thereto.

17. The Commission may generally give such directions and
do such things as are necessary or expedient for the expeditious
and just hearing and determination of the appeal before it.

18. (1) Upon the conclusion of the hearing of an appeal in a
disciplinary matter the Commission may dismiss, affirm or
modify the decision appealed against.
(2) Upon the conclusion of the hearing of an appeal in a
promotion matter, the Commission may dismiss the appeal or set
aside the decision taken and refer the matter back to the
respondent for further consideration.

19. Every person whether or not a party to an appeal before
the Commission shall upon payment of the prescribed fee be
entitled to a copy of any judgment order or other document in
accordance with the Second Schedule.

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of Trinidad and TobagoChap. 1:01198
Constitution of the Republic

LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations[Subsidiary]

FIRST SCHEDULE

FORM 1
BEFORE THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

NOTICE OF APPEAL
Appeal No. ................................... of 20......

Between

......................................................................................................................... Appellant
And

...................................................................................................................... Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that the Appellant being dissatisfied with the decision or part thereof of the
.............................................................................. Commissioner of Police given on the
................................ day of ....................................., 20......... and more particularly
stated in paragraph 2 hereby appeals against such decision or part thereof to the Police
Service Commission on the grounds set forth in paragraph 3 and will at the hearing of
the appeal seek the relief set out in paragraph 4.
2. ..................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................

3. State grounds of appeal and particulars of the misdirection or error in law on
which the decision was based:
(a) ..........................................................................................................................
(b) ..........................................................................................................................
(c) ..........................................................................................................................
(d) ..........................................................................................................................
4. ..................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................

Dated this .............. day of ..................................., 20 .......

.......................................................................

Regulations 1
and 2.

(Insert here the relief sought from the Police Service Commission)

Appellant or his Legal Representative

(Insert here the decision or the part thereof against which the notice of appeal is filed)

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FORM 2

BEFORE THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION
NOTICE OF HEARING OF APPEAL

Appeal No. ....................................... of 20......

Between

...........................................................................................................................Appellant
And

....................................................................................................................... Respondent
TAKE NOTICE that the above-mentioned Appeal will come on for hearing before the
Police Service Commission at ................................................................... on ............
day of ..................................., 20 ........ at ........... a.m./p.m. and continuing thereafter as the
Commission may direct ...................................................................................................
................................................................ ..................................................................

Dated this .................. day of ....................................., 20 .......

.........................................................................

To: ...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................

of Trinidad and Tobago
Constitution of the Republic

Chap. 1:01 199

LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations [Subsidiary]

L.R.O.

(Address)

Police Service Commission

Regulation 5(9).

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FORM 3

BEFORE THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION
APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO

FILE APPEAL

In the Matter of ........................................................................................................


And
The Respondent (Commissioner of Police)

In the Matter of an Application for an Extension of Time to File an Appeal

I, ................................................ of ..................................................................................

occupation ...................................................................... hereby apply for an extension of

time to file an appeal against the decision of the ..................................................................

Commissioner of Police given on the ............. day of ..................., 20 ....... I was unable
to file the appeal within the period specified by the Police Service Commission Appeal
Regulations because ........................................................................................................

..........................................................................................................................................

..........................................................................................................................................


Dated this ...........................day of .........................................., 20 .......

..................................................................................

of Trinidad and TobagoChap. 1:01200
Constitution of the Republic

LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations[Subsidiary]

(State reason why appeal was not filed within the specified period)

(Name of Applicant)

Applicant

Regulation
6(4).

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Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations [Subsidiary]

L.R.O.

FORM 4
BEFORE THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

NOTICE THAT RECORD HAS BEEN FILED
Appeal No ....................................... of 20......

Between
.......................................................................................................................... Appellant

And
Commissioner of Police Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that the Respondent has filed the record of the Proceedings (a copy
of which is enclosed) pursuant to Regulation 8 of the Police Service Commission
(Appeal) Regulations.

Dated this .................... day of ................................., 20.......

.........................................................................

To the Appellant
...............................................................
...............................................................
...............................................................

FORM 5
BEFORE THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEAL
Appeal No. .................of 20.......

Between

.......................................................................................................................... Appellant
And

Commissioner of Police Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that the Appellant hereby withdraws his appeal against the Respondent
in the above-named appeal.

Dated this .................... day of ................................., 20 .......

.........................................................................
Appellant

Police Service Commission

Regulation
8(3)(a).

Regulation 9(a).

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of Trinidad and TobagoChap. 1:01202
Constitution of the Republic

LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations[Subsidiary]

FORM 6
BEFORE THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR RESTORATION
OF APPEAL

Appeal No. ...................... of 20......

Between

......................................................................................................................... Appellant
And

Commissioner of Police Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that I .......................................... the Appellant in the above-named
appeal which was dismissed on the .............. day of ........................., 20 ........ hereby
apply for the restoration of the said appeal on the grounds that—

(a) .........................................................................................................................

(b) .........................................................................................................................

(c) .........................................................................................................................
(d) .........................................................................................................................

(e) .........................................................................................................................


Dated this ................. day of ................................., 20......


..................................................................

Applicant/Appellant

(State grounds on which application is based)

Regulation
12(2).

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Chap. 1:01 203

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Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations [Subsidiary]

L.R.O.

Regulation
13(2).

FORM 7

BEFORE THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SETTING ASIDE
DECISION IN APPEAL TAKEN EX PARTE

Appeal No ...................... of 20......

Between

......................................................................................................................... Appellant

And

Commissioner of Police Respondent

TAKE NOTICE that the Commissioner of Police the Respondent in the above-named
appeal which was decided ex parte on the ........................... day of ..............................,
20................... hereby applies for a setting aside of that decision on the grounds that—

(a) .........................................................................................................................

(b) .........................................................................................................................

(c) .........................................................................................................................
(d) .........................................................................................................................

(e) .........................................................................................................................


Dated this .............. day of ................................., 20 .......

......................................................
Applicant/Respondent

(State grounds on which application is based)

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of Trinidad and TobagoChap. 1:01204
Constitution of the Republic

LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Police Service Commission (Appeal) Regulations[Subsidiary]

Documents

1. For a copy of judgment after trial… … … …
2. For a copy of a judgment by default of appearance or defence
3. For a copy of reasons for judgment of a Court per each

page or part thereof … … … … …
but not to exceed… … … … … …
4. For a photographic copy of all or any part of any document

whether or not issued as an office copy—for each photographic sheet
5. For a typewritten copy of any document per folio of 100 words

or part thereof … … … … … …
6. For each folio of 100 words or part thereof of any additional

carbon copy, be spoken … … … … …

SECOND SCHEDULE

25.00
25.00

5.00
75.00


5.00

5.00

5.00

Fees
$ ¢

Regulation 19.

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