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Supreme Court to hear Parliament's Senate seat application today

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 8:34 AM

The Supreme Court is later this morning expected to hear an application filed by the Parliament which is asking for a determination on whether Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton are still senators.

If the court finds that they are not, the court is being asked to pronounce on the status of businessman Dr Nigel Clarke and Jamaica College principal Ruel Reid.

The application was filed last week, by Queen’s Council, Michael Hylton on behalf of the Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke.

Williams, Tufton, Reid, Clarke and Attorney General Patrick Atkinson have been listed as the defendants.

On February 13, the Senate voted to have the Supreme Court make the final determination on which Opposition Senators are duly appointed members of the Upper House.

Tufton and Williams reclaimed their seats that same day, a week after the Constitutional Court ruled that their removal in 2013 was unlawful and unconstitutional.

Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness whose actions led to the initial court action is appealing the decision.