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High Court rules in favour of Team Unity in Motion of No Confidence matters

November 9th, 2017 | Tags:
The Team Unity Coalition was on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 vindicated in the five-year-old “Motion of No Confidence cases” when Her Ladyship the Honourable Justice Pearletta Lanns handed down her decision in favour of the claimants. Photo: Provided
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Team Unity Coalition was on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 vindicated in the five-year-old “Motion of No Confidence cases” when Her Ladyship the Honourable Justice Pearletta Lanns handed down her decision in favour of the claimants.

In the “Motion of No Confidence cases” of Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris vs. Hon. Curtis Martin, et al. and Hon. Mark Brantley, et al. vs. Hon. Curtis Martin, et al., Justice Lanns ruled that the constitutional rights of the Parliamentarians were infringed upon by the then-Speaker of the House through his refusal to allow debate on the Motion of No Confidence.

The two civil cases, which considered the same issues, stemmed from December 11th, 2012 when then-Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Mark Brantley, lodged with the Clerk of the National Assembly a Motion of No Confidence in the Douglas-led administration.

Honourable Brantley and his Team Unity colleagues, who were also at the time members of the Federal Opposition, requested that the Motion of No Confidence be placed on the Order Paper so that it could be debated in the Parliament. Their requests were ignored by then-Speaker of the House, the Honourable Curtis Martin, which resulted in the claimants bringing the Motion of No Confidence cases before the St. Kitts Circuit.

For more than two years prior to the 2015 General elections, the Motion of No Confidence was never tabled, which deprived the Parliamentarians of the opportunity to debate and vote on it in the Federal Parliament.

Mr. Douglas Mendes S.C. of Trinidad was Lead Counsel for the Claimants and Mr. Anthony Astaphan S.C. of Dominica was Counsel for the former Speaker of the National Assembly, while Solicitor General, Mrs. Simone Bullen-Thompson, represented the Office of the Attorney General.

2 Responses to “High Court rules in favour of Team Unity in Motion of No Confidence matters”

  • Voter 2 (09/11/2017, 14:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it is nonsensical cases like these that continue to wrench havoc on the taxpayers purse.It is the opposition to pay for all this if they were still in power that is if there was some kind of sell out. Now the present government which still boil down to the taxpayers gonna pay for all this.We may have helped some countries in their recovery efforts but govt might have been able to not only give a double salary for Christmas but even 1 1/4 or 1 1/2.The taxpayers are always been hit upon and continue to be hit upon.
  • ????? (09/11/2017, 14:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another thing too some of these greedy money Hawks lawyers love these cases to further enrich their pockets.


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