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Published:Saturday | July 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

BUSINESSMAN RAJESH Gurunani yesterday escaped a prison term and was instead ordered to pay more than $4.5 million in fines and compensation arising from his convictions last month for human trafficking.Justice Courtney Daye made it clear that the...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 6:20 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

A judge has designated the case involving five men charged with the 2011 beheading of a woman and her daughter as a priority for the Home Circuit Court.  Justice Lloyd Hibbert made the declaration this morning even as he was forced...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The Court of Appeal has recommended the introduction of a compensation scheme for persons injured by the actions of uninsured drivers of motor vehicles.The recommendation was made recently when the court threw out an appeal in which Mecheck Willis...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 6:23 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The sentencing of convicted human trafficker, Rajesh Gurunani, has been postponed until next week Friday. It was put off to give the defence time to review the claim for compensation being sought by the prosecution. Gurunani’s bail was also...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 2:49 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, has filed an application to have a court overturn a decision by the director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn not to prosecute Hanover councillor, Shernet Haughton in a nepotism case. The contractor...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A prisoner who is facing nine counts of murder, three of which were orchestrated from behind bars, appeared in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.He is 42-year-old Michael McLean, who has been in custody since 2006 awaiting trial for the murder of six...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 7:05 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

A High Court judge this afternoon handed down a sentence of life imprisonment, to pre-trained teacher, Chadwick Blissett. Blissett was recently convicted of murdering quantity surveyor, Cletus Graham. Justice Lloyd Hibbert handed down the...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 2:09 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

A jury moments ago convicted businessman Rajesh Gurunani on human trafficking charges in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.  It is the first human trafficking conviction in Jamaica since 2007 and the first under new legislation...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 12:22 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

A seven-member jury is now deliberating on the fate of businessman, Rajesh Gurunani who is on trial for human trafficking.  The jury retired about 40 minutes ago after the presiding judge, Courtney Daye completed his summation and...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 6:48 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The application brought by the Government against the Jamaica Police Federation is to be heard in the Supreme Court in November. The hearing is set for November 4, 5, and 6. The dates were set when the parties appeared before Justice Frank Williams...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 6:27 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Independent  Commission of Investigations (INDECOM ) was today successful in getting its first conviction in the Gun Court when detective constable Sherwood Simpson was found guilty of firearm offences. Justice Lennox Campbell...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A man who trespassed on a property and was shot in the head by a security guard has been awarded $2 million with interest by the Supreme Court, which has ruled that a trespasser is entitled to protection from reckless acts.In the ruling handed down...

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The United Kingdom Privy Council handed down a landmark ruling yesterday, in favour of a retired lecturer of the University of the West Indies (UWI) that the full service in relation to supplementary pension was not to be calculated in terms of...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 6:02 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The crown has closed its case at the trial of businessman, Rajesh Gurunani, who is charged with trafficking in persons, facilitating trafficking in persons and withholding travel documents. The crown had called 12 witnesses, during the trial, which...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 3:24 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Privy Council has ruled that a retired lecturer of the University of the West Indies (UWI) must get his supplementary pension although the institution claims he was 36 days short of being entitled to the benefit. The decision in favour of Dr Boufoy Bastick,...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 8:55 AMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Two security consultants employed to Guardsman Armoured Limited have been freed of gun and assault charges after video evidence backed up their story.  Raymond Robinson and Ian Firth were freed of illegal possession of firearm and inflicting...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A Westmoreland busi-nessman who turned up at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) to collect the principal and interest on a fixed deposit he had made 13 year earlier was shocked to hear that he had withdrawn the money.However, George Walpole Morgan...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 9:42 AMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Supreme Court has turned down an application by the National Commercial Bank (NCB) for leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to quash an Industrial Dispute Tribunal (IDT) ruling in relation to the reinstatement of one of its former senior...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The Aubyn Hill-led NationGrowth Microfinance Limited has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay $46 million to the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).Supreme Court Judge Bryan Sykes made the order last week for NationGrowth to repay the money with...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 7:02 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Supreme Court has turned down an application by Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, trading as Flow, which was seeking an injunction to bar its rival, Digicel Jamaica Limited, from employing its former managing director, Sean Latty. Flow,...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 4:57 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is now investigating the circumstances under which a prisoner came to the Gun Court in downtown Kingston today with a key for his handcuff. The prisoner, who is on gun-related charges,...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 6:15 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The case against the three men charged with the murder of prominent attorney, Clover Graham, has been taken off the trial list and has again been set for mention. The trial was expected to start in the Home Circuit Court today. However, it had to...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is headed to court in an effort to collect some $46 million that it says it is owed by the Aubyn Hill-led NationGrowth Microfinance Limited.But Hill is denying that his company owes the money.In court documents...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2015 | 12:26 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Prominent attorney Don Foote has been charged with fraudulent conversion involving $12 million. The charge reportedly relates to a trust fund for a minor who is now 17 years old. However, attorney-at-law Bert Samuels, who is representing Foote,...

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 5:34 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is to pay damages amounting to $3 million with interest to a passenger who was seriously injured while travelling in one of its buses. Acting Supreme Court Judge Marcia Dunbar-Green made the award in...

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