Manley Bowen, Shahine Robinson legal fight heads to Appeals Court
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The legal dispute between elector Manley Bowen and Member of Parliament for North East St Ann Shahine Robinson over legal costs in relation to her dual citizenship case is now before the Court of Appeal.
Bowen is appealing Supreme Court Judge Lennox Campbell's decision to reduce by more than a half the $15.3 million award which the Registrar of the Supreme Court had taxed in his favour.
Robinson had appealed the Registrar's taxation and in June Justice Campbell set aside the $5.7 million in retainer fees to Bowen's lawyer.
Justice Campbell also reduced the fees charged by Professor David Rowe who was engaged by Bowen to elicit information in the United States in relation to Robinson's citizenship.
Justice Campbell held that the fees that Professor Rowe charged were unreasonable.
Bowen's lawyers Abe Daboub and Raymond Clough are appealing Justice Campbell's ruling on the grounds that he erred in his findings.
On the other hand, Robinson's lawyer Nesta Claire Smith has filed a counter appeal contending that the judge was correct in his finding when he reduced the amount assessed by the Registrar.
Robinson has admitted to holding American citizenship when she ran in the 2007
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