Way cleared for JLP to select North West St Ann candidate
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) can go ahead and select a candidate for the North West St Ann constituency as the injunction which barred the party from taking any action has expired.
Last month, JLP caretaker Othneil Lawrence was granted a 14-day injunction which blocked the party from removing him.
When the matter was mentioned this morning before senior puisne judge Gloria Smith, Attorney-at-Law, Harold Brady, who is representing Holness and Dr. Chang, objected to a further extension of the injunction.
Attorneys at law Tom Tavares Finson and Davion Bassell also appeared before the court for the respondents with Brady.
Brady argued that Holness and Chang were not personally served with the injunction.
He argued that injunctions must be personally served on the person or persons named in the court order.
But, in applying for an extension of the injunction yesterday, attorney at law Hugh Wildman, who is representing Lawrence, argued that the injunction was served.
The court was informed this morning that the order was served at the JLP’s office but not personally served on the respondents.
The judge then said she could not extend an injunction which has expired.
The judge has set January 26 next year as the date when Lawrence’s claim will be heard.
Brady told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that with the expiration of the injunction there is no court order preventing the JLP from selecting a candidate for the North West St Ann constituency.
Lawrence is accusing the JLP Leader and General Secretary of flouting the party's constitution by attempting to remove him without a vote by the delegates.
He is also claiming that he is being victimised because of his support for Audley Shaw's failed bid to replace Holness as party leader last year.
Lawrence was reportedly among a number of losing candidates from the 2011 general election who were summoned to the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters a few weeks ago and given the boot.
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