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Jamaica's Court of Appeal to have historical sitting in Western Jamaican

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Jamaica’s Court of Appeal is to sit outside of the Corporate Area, the first time, since its inception in 1962.

The Court will be sitting in the western section of the island at the Resident Magistrate’s Court Building in Lucea, Hanover from December 9-13.

A statement from the Court Management Services says the adjudication on appeals in Western Jamaica signals the response to calls from the Cornwall Bar Association to take the process of justice beyond the boundaries of the Corporate Area.

The panel of judges for the sitting of the Court will be President, Justice Seymour Panton and Justices Dennis Morrison and Patrick Brooks.

The sittings will start each morning at 9:30.

The matters listed for hearing are from both the Supreme and Resident Magistrate’s Courts in both criminal and civil matters.

The unprecedented move is expected to ease the burden on litigants from the western section of the country.

Meanwhile, for added convenience, litigants will be able to access the services of a Sub-Registry of the Court of Appeal at the Lucea Courthouse.

This was put in place for the special one week sitting of the Court.

Persons wishing to file documents in any other matter for the Court of Appeal may also do so at the Sub-Registry during this period.

The Court of Appeal was established in 1962 and is the final appellate body and the highest court in the Jamaica.

It is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the decisions of the lower courts and tribunals, against which complaints are made.

Appeals cases can also be brought to the UK-based Privy Council, which constitutionally is the final appellate court for Jamaica.


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