It will be almost four months – if not eight – before Amby Heighton’s appeal into his dismissal from the Stellarton Police Department goes forward.
The former Stellarton police chief’s two-week hearing was expected to move forward yesterday, but the Nova Scotia Police Board Tribunal granted an adjournment requested by a lawyer representing several RCMP officers.
John Rafferty, who represents former RCMP Staff-Sgt. Ross Landry, Const. Cliff Berrimen, Const. Jeff Curiston, Const. Tracy King and another party, Tony Roache, requested the adjournment in order to allow him to file a judiciary appeal in the board’s decision to open Heighton’s hearing to the public.
Rafferty has 25 business days from the date of the board’s decision last week to file the appeal, which will then have to be heard by a Supreme Court judge.
Tentative dates for Heighton’s hearing have been set for January or May, depending on whether the judiciary review is complete and the lawyers are available.