Tenure of DPP Paula Llewellyn in doubt following court ruling

April 19, 2024
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The tenure of Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has been thrown into doubt following a court ruling today.

The Constitutional Court ruled that a change in the law allowing Llewellyn to choose to remain in office is unconstitutional, although a change that raises the retirement age is valid.

The DPP reached the age of retirement in 2020 but got a three-year extension which ended in September 2023. 

The Constitution was amended last year which allowed Llewellyn to remain in office for an extra two years.

The claimants, Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell and Senator Peter Bunting, had argued that the amendment was done for an improper purpose and sought declarations that the amendment is unconstitutional, null and void.

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