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NIDS court ruling to be handed down this Friday

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Constitutional Court will deliver its ruling in the challenge to sections of the National Identification and Registration Act by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) on Friday.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.

The Court Management Services in the Ministry of Justice explains that the judiciary is cognisant of the high level of interest in the matter by Jamaicans locally and in the diaspora.

As such, the ruling will be streamed live on the internet.

“In light of the immense public interest in the case and limitations in the seating capacity in the courtroom, the audio of the proceedings will be streamed live from the following websites: www.supremecourt.gov.jm, www.cms.gov.jm and www.parishcourt.gov.jm,” said a spokesperson in a statement this morning.

The NIDS legislation was passed by Parliament in the face of a walkout by the Opposition when the administration failed to refer the bill to a joint select committee for further deliberations.

The legal action was brought by the PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson on behalf of himself, his constituents in St Andrew South East, and the members of the PNP.

Robinson claims that certain provisions in the act abrogates, abridges and infringes on the rights of Jamaicans.

The Attorney General is named as the defendant in the case.

The Full Court panel, comprising Justice Bryan Sykes, Chief Justice, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton, heard submissions from the parties from October 22-24, 2018.

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