Colville's (Pamela) Application

CourtQueen's Bench Division (Northern Ireland)
Writing for the CourtMaguire J
Neutral Citation[2017] NIQB 14
1
Neutral Citation: [2017] NIQB 14 Ref:
MAG10145
Judgment: approved by the Court for handing down Delivered:
13/01/2017
(subject to editorial corrections)*
2015/057214/1
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
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QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION (JUDICAL REVIEW)
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IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION BY PAMELA COLVILLE
FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW
and
IN THE MATTER OF A DECISION OF THE CHIEF CONSTABLE OF THE
POLICE SERVICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND
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MAGUIRE J
Introduction
[1] The facts of this case are not substantially in dispute and can be stated shortly.
The applicant was and is an Inspector in the Police Service of Northern Ireland
(“PSNI”). She has held this position for some 8 years.
[2] What is referred to as a “Vacancy Bulletin” came to her attention in or about
10 February 2015. This bulletin invited applications from existing Inspector ranks
for the post of D/Inspector in Crime Operations Branch. The bulletin indicated that
there were some 12 posts to be filled.
[3] The applicant decided to apply and completed her application form which
she submitted on 19 February 2015. Thereafter it was expected that there would be a
structured interview and perhaps other stages in the competition.
[4] On 12 March 2015 the applicant received an email from Colette Quinn, who
was the Internal Selection and Promotions Manager within PSNI. It indicated that
the vacancy bulletin had been withdrawn. Notably no explanation for this step was
offered in the email.

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