Misick, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Admn 1 May 2009

The former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands sought to challenge the constitutionality of the 2009 order which was to allow suspension of parts of the Constitution and imposing a direct administration, on a final report on alleged corruption.
Held: The request failed as having no realistic prospects of success. The power under the 1962 Act was to make such provision as appeared expedient. ‘the Crown’s power to legislate for the good government of a territory (whether under the prerogative or a statute such as the present), although in principle subject to judicial review, is in practice not open to question in the courts other than in the most exceptional circumstances . .’ and this case was not sufficiently exceptional. ‘The Court will not enter into discussion of the merits of the particular measures. In the end, the challenge comes down to one of statutory construction or rationality, and on that basis it is bound in my view to fail.’

Carnwath LJ, Mitting J
[2009] EWHC 1039 (Admin)
The Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution (Interim Amendment) Order 2009, West Indies Act 1962, United Nations International Covenants 1966
England and Wales
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Updated: 31 December 2021; Ref: scu.346158