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NIDS Timeline: How the matter unfolded

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte

The Government today suffered a major blow when the Supreme Court ruled that the National Identification and Registration Act 2017 (NIDS) should be struck down.

The challenge was brought by People's National Party General Secretary Julian Robinson. 

The panel comprising Chief Justice Bryan Sykes and Justices David Batts and Lisa Palmer Hamilton handed down the ruling this morning.

Here's how the NIDS case has unfolded over the passed year and a half:

November 21, 2017 – National Identification and Registration Act 2017 (NIDS) passed in absence of parliamentary opposition People’s National Party (PNP) with 268 amendments. 

December 8, 2017- Inter-American Development Bank approves US$68 million loan for NIDS implementation. 

May 8, 2018 – PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson files an action in the Supreme Court seeking declarations that sections of the NIDS Act are unconstitutional.

June 8, 2018 - Case management conference held to determine hearing dates. 

October 22 -24, 2018 – Court hears PNP’s challenge to NIDS.

April 12, 2019 - Court rules that NIDS should be  struck down from the laws of Jamaica saying it breaches the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

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