Constitutional Court to rule on Williams-Holness case today
The Constitutional Court is to rule today whether leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Andrew Holness, was wrong when he used pre-signed, undated, resignation letters to remove two Opposition Senators from the Upper House.
The case was brought by former senator Arthur Williams against Holness.
Williams has contended that Holness’ used the letters to axe him from the Upper House because he did not support him in the internal leadership elections in November 2013.
He has admitted to crafting the letters before he and other senators were appointed in 2012.
However, he told the court that the letters were only to be submitted to the Governor General if any of the senators departed from the JLP's position of a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
The government needs the support of at least one JLP senator to pass legislation to replace the Privy Council with the CCJ as Jamaica’s final court of appeal.
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