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Gov't to pursue appeal against JPS licence

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2012 | 11:33 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Attorney General Patrick Atkinson will shortly announce in the House of Representatives that the Government will pursue its appeal against the Supreme Court ruling that the monopoly licence issued to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is illegal.

The energy minister Phillip Paulwell is also expected to address the matter concerning Government policy on electricity distribution and the calls for him to resign over the decision to pursue the JPS appeal.

The Cabinet yesterday considered whether it would continue its appeal of the court ruling.

But before that the attorney general had gone ahead and filed the application to appeal.

Paulwell has explained that the appeal was filed before the Cabinet considered the matter because the time within which to do so was running out.

Under the court rules, unsuccessful parties have 42 days from the handing down of a judgment in the Supreme Court within which to file an appeal.

The Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the JPS class action suit on July 30.

The parliamentary Opposition has said Paulwell should resign given that the appeal contradicts his previous statements that he is in support of an end to the monopoly.

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