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Appeals Court president 'tired of complaining' about lack of Judges' chambers

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 7:43 PM

President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton says work his court is being severely hampered because the government has failed to provide accommodation for three additional judges.

He made the comment today after the appeal against the constitutional ruling in the Trafigura case was withdrawn.

Queen's Counsel KD Knight said the court needed a third panel.

However, Justice Panton said the court did not need a third panel as just three additional judges would help with the work.

Panton has complained that for the past seven years efforts have been made to find space for the additional judges but that was not forthcoming.

He also said he was tired of complaining.

In court today, lawyers representing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and other People's National Party officials said the application was withdrawn because the case was brought to the wrong court.

Last September, the Constitutional Court dismissed an application challenging an order for them to answer questions under oath, in court, on the Trafigura case.

In its ruling last year, the Constitutional Court said Simpson Miller; party chairman Robert Pickersgill; and senior members Colin Campbell and Phillip Paulwell; and businessman Norton Hinds failed to prove their arguments using credible evidence.

The Court said there has been no proven or likely breach of any of the constitutional rights alleged to have been infringed by their being required to attend court and be questioned under oath.

Meanwhile, Knight says his team is awaiting the legal transcripts to continue its appeal of Supreme Court judge, Lennox Campbell.


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