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Date to be set for Andrew Holness' appeal today

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 3:47 AM
Andrew Holness, leader of the Opposition and the Jamaica Labour Party.

President of the Court of Appeal Seymour Panton is expected this morning to give a date for hearing the appeal filed by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in relation to the current senate crisis.

Holness has filed an appeal challenging the Constitutional Court’s ruling that he was wrong when he used undated, pre-signed resignation letters to remove Dr Christopher Tufton and Arthur Williams from the Senate in 2013.

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

Lawyers involved in the Supreme Court matter are hoping the Court of Appeal will expedite the hearing of the appeal by Holness.

According to the attorneys, a ruling by the appellate court would resolve the matter sooner.

The lawyers made their position known when the application by the Clerk of the Houses of Parliament was mentioned in chambers yesterday at the Supreme Court.

If the Appeal Court decides to hear the case, the Supreme Court would not need to hear the application being sought by the parliament.

After the Court of Appeal decision today, lawyers representing the parties are to return to the Supreme Court in the afternoon where a determination is to be made regarding the matter before that court.