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UTech student back in court - Foote challenges university's decision to ban him from some law courses

Published:Sunday | January 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle
Duke St John-Paul Foote

University of Technology (UTech) first-year law student Duke St John-Paul Foote is again engaged in a legal battle with the institution, which he contends is preventing him from doing law courses.

Last November, Foote came to national attention when he represented himself in a case he brought against UTech, challenging its decision to de-register him because he did not pay 80 per cent of the tuition fee at the specified time.

He was granted an injunction from the Supreme Court barring the university from de-registering him for the December 2014 examinations after he produced court documents to show that he had paid the full fees a day before the October 31, 2014, deadline but was still de-listed on November 1, 2014, as a student in arrears.

After he obtained the injunction, the university complied and allowed him to register for the December examinations, and Foote discontinued the action.

However, days later, he was informed by the university that he could not sit the examinations because the injunction was no longer in effect.


ex parte application


Last week, Foote filed an ex parte application in the Supreme Court contending that he had been informed that he could only take three non-law courses this semester because he did not sit the examinations last year December.

Justice Kissock Laing, after hearing submissions from attorney-at-law Don O. Foote, the applicant's father, made an order that the university, by its servants or agents, be restrained from preventing the claimant's confirmation of his legal module selection for Semester 2 - academic session 2014-15.

The judge stated that the courses are Law of Tort 1, Contract Law 2, Criminal Law 2, and Constitutional Law.

The matter will be back before the court on February 9 when there will be an inter-parties hearing.