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Published:Monday | February 12, 2024 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The mother of 19-year-old police trainee Rayandre Pike, who drowned in July last year while trying to rescue his colleague, says no senior officer from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has reached out to her since the incident. “All I get is...

Published:Monday | February 5, 2024 | 6:11 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

There is a legal firestorm brewing over the director of public prosecutions’ (DPP) withdrawal of a case last month from a judge who was about to sentence a man who had pleaded guilty to rape and grievous sexual assault. DPP Paula Llewellyn has been...

Published:Monday | January 29, 2024 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The Court of Appeal has issued a stern reminder for Family Court judges to bear in mind that they and the courts over which they preside are creatures of statute. “Making orders in excess of the powers conferred on them by relevant laws and rules (...

Published:Thursday | January 25, 2024 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The four executives of Symbiote Investments Limited – trading as CariCel – who were freed in June last year of alleged breaches of the Telecommunications Act, have filed an application to strike out an appeal by the director of public prosecutions...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2024 | 12:08 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The Court of Appeal has emphasised that the only reason it granted an extension of time to an applicant who waited for two and a half years to take steps to initiate an appeal against a Supreme Court ruling was because he had a good case. Anthony...

Published:Monday | January 8, 2024 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is expressing fear that the acute shortage of court reporters to take verbatim notes and prepare transcripts of proceedings in the circuit courts is going to cause a negative and toxic effect...

Published:Monday | January 1, 2024 | 12:07 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The family dispute over the will of Hartley Nugent, businessman and operator of St Paul’s Funeral Home in St Mary who died in 2019, has been settled by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the will was not forged. Dr Lincoln Wright, a medical...

Published:Monday | December 18, 2023 | 12:08 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

A charge has been given by Supreme Court Judge David Batts to the newly trained recruits of the National Reserve of the Jamaica Defence Force to uphold the law and Constitution of Jamaica. Batts, who was the guest speaker at the passing-out parade...

Published:Monday | December 11, 2023 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Bar Association (JBA) is strongly objecting to consideration being given by Parliament to amend the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA) for mandatory minimum sentences to be imposed on children for certain offences. According to the...

Published:Monday | December 4, 2023 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

A security guard who spent four years in prison because of the failure of the presiding judge to give adequate warnings to the jury after the complainant, who was a child, had admitted to telling lies, may not be able to recover from the setback...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2023 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers Limited (JACAP) has lost its legal battle to recover millions of dollars from Restaurants of Jamaica, trading as KFC, for “alleged copyright infringement”. The case also examined...

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2023 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The General Legal Council has been given the go-ahead by the Court of Appeal to impose a sanction on attorney-at-law Mario Anderson, who was found guilty of a breach of the Legal Profession Canons of Professional Ethics Rules. Anderson had filed...

Published:Monday | November 20, 2023 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

It took a litigant almost eight years to get a ruling after judgment was reserved in a civil suit he brought in the Supreme Court against the Transport Authority of Jamaica. But Justice Leighton Pusey has blamed a pilot project for audio recordings...

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2023 | 12:08 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Police Federation Chairman Corporal Rohan James scored a major victory on Friday when the Supreme Court ruled that he should be reinstated in his post immediately with full pay until his motion for judicial review is heard and finally...

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2023 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

COURT REPORTERS who produce the transcripts of proceedings (verbatim notes) in the nation’s courts say they are facing many injustices and will be calling for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to appoint a panel to hear their grouses so that steps can...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2023 | 12:05 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

District Constable Dean Hyman, who was convicted of unlawful wounding and sentenced in February 2021 to two years’ imprisonment at hard labour, has been freed by the Court of Appeal. He had given verbal notice of appeal and was granted bail pending...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2023 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

A man who was falsely arrested and charged in January 2011 for obtaining goods by false pretences and conspiracy to defraud, arising from the purchase of an AC Delco battery, has been successful in obtaining a Supreme Court award of $14 million...

Published:Thursday | November 9, 2023 | 12:06 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

A LIBRARIAN employed in the government service who was suspended from duties in 2016 has received a Supreme Court award in damages of $1 million for a breach of his constitutional right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time. Sheldon Roberts,...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2023 | 12:07 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Limited (Victoria Mutual) has been found to be in contempt of a court order involving an employee who was sent on fully paid administrative leave and is to pay a fine of $400,000. The July 2021 Supreme Court...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2023 | 12:05 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

The executive members of a corporation at a housing complex in St Andrew have been given the green light by the Court of Appeal to pursue their lawsuit in the Supreme Court against the occupants of an adjoining property and apply for a restraining...

Published:Friday | October 27, 2023 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

A TEMPORARY stay granted by the Court of Appeal this month to the dismissed principal of the Seaforth High School, Calbert Thomas, has barred the school board from filling the vacancy. The dismissal should have taken effect on September 30, but...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2023 | 12:12 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

DISBARRED attorney-at-law Patrick Bailey has scored a major victory in the Supreme Court, which awarded him $16 million with interest in a lawsuit brought against him by real estate agent Stafford Dixon, arising from the sale of a property in St...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2023 | 12:05 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

A St Andrew woman who spent 13 days in custody because of an error by a court official at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court says that although she was released last week Monday, she is still having nightmares because of the horrific...

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2023 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

DOUBLE MURDER convict Mervin Cameron has launched a constitutional challenge to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn being granted approval to remain in office until she is 65. Cameron filed a suit today in the Supreme Court and...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2023 | 12:08 AMBarbara Gayle/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s justice system is again under scrutiny following reports that a woman who has been on bail for the past six years waiting for the records of her case to be sent to the Court of Appeal was imprisoned last Tuesday, reportedly because of a...

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