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‘I will be appealing that matter’- Skelton-Cline on High Court ruling

- Matter against VI Gov’t was dismissed by High Court Judge Vicki A. Ellis
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has announced he will be appealing the recent decision by High Court Judge Vicki A. Ellis to dismiss his case brought against the Government of the Virgin Islands in 2016 after his contract as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) was not renewed. Photo: Facebook
Justice Vicki A. Ellis, on May 23, 2019, dismissed the 3-year-old matter brought against the Government of the Virgin Islands by Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO/File
Justice Vicki A. Ellis, on May 23, 2019, dismissed the 3-year-old matter brought against the Government of the Virgin Islands by Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) and radio commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has announced he will be appealing the recent decision by High Court Judge Vicki A. Ellis to dismiss his case brought against the Government of the Virgin Islands in 2016 after his contract as BVIPA boss was not renewed.

Justice Ellis dismissed the matter on May 23, 2019, more than a year after the pending decision of the case, which had ended since Monday May 7, 2018.

Speaking on the show, Honestly Speaking with Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780AM on May 28, 2019, Mr Skelton-Cline noted he had some queries from the media on the matter but that he always speaks at the time and place of his own choosing.

“…and given the counsel of my general counsel, I will be appealing that matter. I cannot be allowed to have it stand as it is,” Mr Skelton-Cline declared.

Background

The Ports Board in 2015 had recommended a contract renewal for Mr Skelton-Cline; however, it was reported that he was told by the then Communications and Works Minister, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) that he should wait until after the June 8, 2015 snap election for Cabinet to act.

The government and Skelton-Cline were back and forth in court from 2016 after the Pastor, former government consultant and NDP 2011 Second District candidate sued the Government of the Virgin Islands over Cabinet not keeping its word as told to him by Hon Vanterpool, in other words, over legitimate expectation.

Mr Skelton-Cline had won a Judicial Review in 2016 allowing for the case to go forward, because the court found enough evidence that the decision not to renew Mr Skelton-Cline's contract should have been reviewed.

Mr Skelton-Cline has two outlets of appeal-  Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal and the final Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, in the United Kingdom.

See link to related article: http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/court-dismisses-case-brought-against-vi-govt-by-claude-o-skelton-cline

12 Responses to “‘I will be appealing that matter’- Skelton-Cline on High Court ruling”

  • Yessss! (28/05/2019, 18:52) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply

    Follow the leader, your party has set the trend. Appeal, let’s see how far you will get. The Premier is oh so correct WE NEED PRAYERS.
    • @yesssss (29/05/2019, 09:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      That’s his party i thought it was the past government and port authority he had problems with or maybe I’m wrong
  • apple pie (28/05/2019, 19:31) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sah
  • wize up (28/05/2019, 20:44) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    now u see why Vanterpool is under such pressure
  • Myo (28/05/2019, 22:24) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Claude need go sid-dung. He getting enough. Money from his contract which is for 6 months and will be renewed after another 6 months and maybe another 6 if the government last that long.

  • Anonymous (29/05/2019, 02:41) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    You will never get justice with then two ladies
  • Ha! (29/05/2019, 06:25) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    I guess Veritas Law having a special deal on Appeals. Two Appeals, Two Idiots for the price of One. This man is pathetic no matter which administration he serves.
  • What a ting (29/05/2019, 07:06) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is the government we choose and love. Drama on top of drama. The premier consultant.
  • NB (29/05/2019, 10:19) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Laughter is the best medicine...this is a good dose..haaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaa haaa
  • !!! (29/05/2019, 16:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Loser!
  • SMH (29/05/2019, 21:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My head spinning!


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