Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo (Photos: CMC)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice yesterday set May 10 to hear the appeal regarding the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Guyana that invalidated a motion of no confidence which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had successfully moved in the National Assembly on December 21, last year.
“This matter is urgent and should be treated as such, and therefore the timelines set out in the rules should be abridged,” CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders told a case management conference.
“We have ordered that the matters be consolidated. We have granted special leave to appeal in each of the cases. We have given leave to the attorney general to file any cross appeal that he wishes to file by Monday or any other respondent who wishes to file a cross appeal,” the three-member CCJ panel said.
In addition, the CCJ ordered that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) “be joined as a party” and that the notices of appeal be filed by Monday, April 1.
The CCJ, which is Guyana’s highest court, also ordered that the notices of appeal be served “forthwith” on GECOM by the latest April 5, “and similarly the cross appeals, if any, filed by the appellants be served simultaneously” on GECOM.
“We have ordered that the matter (the appeal) be heard on the 10th May [and] that written submissions be filed by all parties on the 17th of April; that all parties file replies, if they wish to, by the 23rd of April, [and] a pre-trial hearing be held on the 24th of April,” said the CCJ.
Apart from Jagdeo’s appeal, the CCJ will also hear those filed by attorney Christopher Ram against the Attorney General Basil Williams, the minister of state Joseph Harmon, and Jagdeo on the same issue.