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Lawyer calls for judiciary to hear senate crisis cases quickly

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 1:16 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Bert Samuels - File

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says the Jamaican judiciary should move quickly to hear and rule on two matters now before it relating to the Senate crisis to ensure that the work of the Parliament is not crippled.

Both the Parliament and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness have initiated actions in two different courts on a ruling that Holness acted unlawfully in causing the resignation of Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton from the Senate.

Samuels says the Appeals Court should hear the case brought by Holness before the current term ends next month.

 

Attorney-at-law, Bert Samuels

Yesterday, Holness announced that he has filed an appeal challenging the Constitutional Court’s ruling that he was wrong when he used undated, pre-signed resignation letters to remove the two Senators.

A day earlier, on Monday, the Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, filed an application in the Supreme Court asking for a determination on Williams and Dr Tufton and their replacements Dr Nigel Clarke and Jamaica College principal Ruel Reid. 

That application is to be heard next week Tuesday but no date has been set for Holness' appeal.