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Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:14 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

Although 20-year-old Peter Vaughn does not know where his next tuition fee is coming from, he has taken a great leap of faith to enrol in the Northern Caribbean University for this semester. Vaughn has been appealing for help from the time he was...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:14 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

Several prominent defence lawyers are raising strong objections to any attempt to halt jury trials because of COVID-19 and replace them with trial by judge alone. Any decision for bench trials must be solely that of an accused person, the attorneys...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:25 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

Although former policeman Austin Cunningham was given a four-month suspended sentence in 2017, he is insistent on bringing his case before the Court of Appeal. However, he is frustrated by the fact that for the past three years he has been unable...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:16 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

In a landmark ruling recently, the Supreme Court paved the way for a litigant who allegedly suffered medical negligence due to a surgery performed more than six years ago to pursue her claim. The Limitations of Actions Act states that claims in...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

What appeared to be a chance meeting on Facebook in April 2016 forever changed the life of an 18-year-old girl from an impoverished rural community. She thought the opportunity presented was going to be her only way out of poverty, her big break....

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:18 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

Software developer Paul Lowe, who had been a victim of the justice system for 20 years, is very disappointed that he had to leave Jamaica, his homeland, to seek a living in Canada. “I used to say as a youngster that I am not leaving Jamaica, I am...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:07 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

A Jamaican man who is fighting a legal battle for a determination as to whether he is the father of a five-year-old child got a landmark ruling last week which will benefit other men who have similar cases. DNA test results obtained from saliva...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:44 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

Tears streamed down the cheeks of 71-year-old Doril Barclay last week as she expressed feelings of hopelesness and frustration that her desire to have “a peaceful Christmas” was dashed last month when her nine-year-old civil case was adjourned to...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

Former district constable and garage operator, 67-year-old Linton Berry, is crying for help from prison as he fears losing his sight because of the lack of a proper diet and medication for his diabetes. Berry, who has been serving a life sentence...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

A former inmate, who claims to have suffered inhumane and degrading treatment while he waited for four years behind bars for his appeal to be heard, wants drastic steps to be taken to remedy some of the deplorable conditions in local prisons. The...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

A teenager who was detained by the police for 10 days in April 2015 at a juvenile detention centre in Kingston on suspicion that he was planning to join a terrorist group in Turkey, is now fighting a legal battle for the government to compensate...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle - Contributor

Life has been a real struggle for 38-year-old Shabadine Peart, who spent most of his life in prison for a crime he is adamant he did not commit. He is crying for justice because he says the State robbed him of the best years of his life and has...

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