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Developments in the profession
Law and Society
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Law in the News: November 1 – November 7, 2015
Before the Courts
The Court of Appeal has thrown out the appeal brought by elector Manley Bowen to set aside a $4.9 million award in relation to the legal battle involving Member of Parliament for North East St Ann, Shahine Robinson, over her dual citizenship issue.
In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, A landmark judgement was handed down at the Serious Offences Court last week, when two Chinese nationals were order to pay $13,324 in damages to a member of the local Rastafarian community.
In Belize, where Santa Cruz Mayans have been accused of being involved in the illegal detention of a citizen in their village appeared at the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court only to have their case adjourned once again. Their attorney argued that the prosecution has failed to grant the defence disclosure after several months have passed since the arraignment.
Two mothers who lost their babies as a result of bacterial infections while at the University Hospital of the West Indies are considering filing a negligent lawsuit against the State. Attorney at Law Bert Samuels who is acting on behalf of the mothers is seeking negotiations with the hospital with a view to a settlement. If there is no reasonable settlement then he stated that lawsuits will be filed in the Supreme Court
Mr Navel Clarke, a Jamaican Government Senator, stated in Parliament while making his contribution to the debate on the three CCJ Bills before the Senate, that Jamaica must show its pride and move away from the Privy Council and embrace the CCJ as the country’s final appellate court.
Law and Society
Former Attorney General Dr Francis Alexis, QC believes that in order for Grenada to further develop its legal profession it must soon sign on to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
One hundred and six(106) residents of Santa Cruz and adjoining communities in St Elizabeth have received land titles as a part of the government’s Land Administration and Management Programme(LAMP). This initiative of providing land for landless Jamaicans is noted by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller as a major priority for her government.
The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) fully agrees with CARICOM leaders who have called for a review of the policies relating to the labeling of countries as tax havens leading to them being blacklisted.
The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago(LATT) has argued that a Facebook post by reporter Marcia Braveboy represented a serious attack on the Judiciary and one which warranted the immediate attention by relevant authorities in order to protection the independence of the judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago and public confidence in the administration of justice and rule of law. The Facebook post by Ms Braveboy appeared to question the independence of Chief Justice Ivor Archie by suggesting he was affiliated to a political party, the People’s National Movement.
Outgoing President of the Jamaican Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton was honoured by Members of the judiciary and legal profession for his significant contribution to the justice system.
David Jessop discusses the continued rise of cyber security incidents in the Caribbean, the region’s unpreparedness in addressing these threats, including any legislative frameworks and the imminent dangers the Caribbean region faces of being impacted by serious attacks which could disrupt critical infrastructures throughout the regional territories.