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Speaker Willock discontinues Appeal Case hearing

- Announcement follows calls from Premier Andrew A. Fahie to swear Mark H. Vanterpool into HoA
Following calls from Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for House of Assembly (HoA) Speaker, Hon Julian Willock to and swear-in District 4 representative-elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool in the next HoA sitting, the speaker through his law firm Veritas Law, had already made moves to bring the issue to an end. Photo: VINO/File
According to court documents seen by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), in an application filed June 17, 2019, via a Notice of Discontinuance issued to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, between the Speaker and Mr Vanterpool the Speaker has moved to officially end the appeal thereby, honouring the ruling handed down by Justice Ann-Marie Smith on May 2, 2019, which ordered among other things that HoA Member-elect, Mr Vanterpool be sworn into the House. Photo: Team of Reporters
According to court documents seen by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), in an application filed June 17, 2019, via a Notice of Discontinuance issued to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, between the Speaker and Mr Vanterpool the Speaker has moved to officially end the appeal thereby, honouring the ruling handed down by Justice Ann-Marie Smith on May 2, 2019, which ordered among other things that HoA Member-elect, Mr Vanterpool be sworn into the House. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following calls from Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for House of Assembly (HoA) Speaker, Hon Julian Willock to swear-in Fourth District Representative-Elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool in the next HoA sitting, the speaker through his law firm Veritas Law, has made moves to bring the issue to an end

Notice filed

According to court documents seen by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), in an application filed June 17, 2019, via a Notice of Discontinuance issued to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, between the Speaker and Mr Vanterpool, the Speaker has moved to officially end the appeal thereby honouring the ruling handed down by Justice Ann-Marie Smith on May 2, 2019, which ordered among other things that HoA Member-elect, Mr Vanterpool be sworn into the House.

The court document notes,  “The Appellant, Julian Willock of Seacows Bay, in the island of Tortola wishes to discontinue the Notice of Appeal filed May 7th  2019, the Notice of Appeal filed on May 9th 2019 and the Notice of Application for a Stay of the Proceedings in their entirety against both Respondents.”

On June 16, 2019, Premier Fahie stated via a release for Hon Willock to bring an end to the saga that has dragged on for over three months. According to Premier Fahie, the stalemate is undermining the harmony and family spirit which is the soul of our society.

Speaker Willock had opted to move to the Appeal Court given the importance of the case. Veritas Law in a May 7, 2019, statement said, the “matter is of such judicial importance that this is an opportunity for the Country to set a precedent in an area that has gone too long untouched.”

No Comment

In an invited comment from this news website, Speaker Willock declined to comment on the unexpected announcement.

After the Appeal, while the public and other social commentators had cried that the issue had gone on for too long, Hon Willock's Lawyers said the decision ought not to be viewed as a personal attack on Mr Vanterpool.

Through the law firm Veritas Law, the HoA was represented by a team of four lawyers, including Anand Ramlogan SC, former Attorney General (AG) of Trinidad and Tobago, along with Jared Jagroo. Mr Valston M. Graham, current Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), St Kitts and Nevis is the owner of Veritas Law.

A date for the next sitting of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) is yet to be announced by the Clerk of the House.

7 Responses to “Speaker Willock discontinues Appeal Case hearing ”

  • Sad Reality (20/06/2019, 12:48) Like (10) Dislike (26) Reply
    I love this Speaker and I know he is the right man for the Job, but he cannot be allowed to get sift in midstream
  • wet (20/06/2019, 12:49) Like (6) Dislike (27) Reply
    MR. WILLOCK WAS SOFT ON KICKING PENN OUT THE HOUSE NOW HE CANNOT STAND UP TO FAHIE
  • wize up (20/06/2019, 13:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    ok den!!!!
  • one eye (20/06/2019, 14:10) Like (34) Dislike (13) Reply
    It is amazing how persons have Mark as the innocent one in this fiasco, when he was the one who took the esteem to court
  • asking for a friend.. (20/06/2019, 18:26) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    WHERE were the march when the corrupt and oppressive NDP steal 7.2M on a plane, 10M on consultancy, 40 M over run on the CBR TPP, and a wall for $1.2M when children are still under a tents?

    where are the marches???, the call in to radio shows??? so silly now with the crocodile tears about the Hon Speaker wasting money!!!! What BIG FAT hypocrites.
  • legal team (20/06/2019, 20:35) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    First, let me commend the Hon.Premier for his vision and interjection, not by any constitutonal authority but because of love for country and love for the people of the 4th district..
    And let me also commend the Hon.Speaker for discontinuing this matter before the privy council.
    Now my dear brothers and sisters of the VI ,let us wait to see the caliber of mark vanterpool,whether he is for country and people or for himself and party.
    Now is the time to move on to the next chapter of this matter,in order to get representation for the people of the 4th district..
    Lets move on.
    One love BVI.


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