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Judge to submit written reasons on senate seats decision today

Published:Friday | November 29, 2013 | 9:05 AM

Supreme Court Judge Paulette Williams is to submit written reasons today, behind her decision to strike out an application to bar opposition leader Andrew Holness from filling vacant senate seats.

The application was filed by attorney representing former leader of government business in the House Arthur Williams.

In the ruling, which was handed down on Monday, the court said there are serious arguments regarding the constitutionality of the signed but undated resignation letters which were submitted to the Governor General by the opposition leader.

In turning down the application Justice Williams said the letters had already been submitted to the Governor General thereby creating a vacancy.

The judge said the office of the leader of opposition is of constitutional importance and should not be restrained from filling the alleged vacancy.

The vacancies were officially filled yesterday with the swearing in of Dr Nigel Clarke and Ruel Reid.

Meanwhile, Williams is pursuing the matter in the Constitutional Court for a determination on the validity of the undated letters.

A preliminary hearing has been set for January 10, 2014 for the parties to appear in chambers.


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