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Motion of no confidence trial to be heard in January

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas

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Dr. Timothy Harris, of St Kitts and Nevis , Team Unity Leader

St. Kitts, CMC – The motion of no confidence against the Denzil Douglas led administration wlll not be heard until next year.

In September, opposition legislators filed a motion of no confidence with the Clerk of the Parliament in which they made references to a number of matters; including the national debt, the Citizenship by Investment Programme, the activities of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation and the electoral process.

At a case management hearing on Wednesday, the trial judge, Justice Marlene Carter set the dates January 19-20 for the matter to proceed. Justice Carter indicated that the court was working to accommodate the case efficiently.

Senior Counsel Christopher Hamel-Smith led the Opposition’s legal team, assisted by Tapley Seaton QC, Vincent Byron Jr and Talibah Byron.

The defendants, the Speaker of the National Assembly and Attorney General, were represented by Dr. Henry Browne QC, Sylvester Anthony and Simone Bullen-Thompson, Lord Peter Goldsmith was absent from the proceedings.

Opposition Leader Mark Brantley, who filed the motion on December 2012, was not present, but Team Unity Leader Dr. Timothy Harris and other opposition members attended the hearing.

According to Anthony, there are issues relating to disclosure that need to be determined by the court.

He also informed the court of the intention to cross-examine Harris and former Deputy Prime Minister Michael O. Powell.

Justice Carter stated that the court would apply a “sensible case management approach” to keep both sides within the ambit.

A provisional case management hearing is scheduled for December 19 when all applications can be addressed.

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Dr. Timothy Harris, of St Kitts and Nevis , Team Unity Leader

St. Kitts, CMC – The motion of no confidence against the Denzil Douglas led administration wlll not be heard until next year.

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In September, opposition legislators filed a motion of no confidence with the Clerk of the Parliament in which they made references to a number of matters; including the national debt, the Citizenship by Investment Programme, the activities of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation and the electoral process.

At a case management hearing on Wednesday, the trial judge, Justice Marlene Carter set the dates January 19-20 for the matter to proceed. Justice Carter indicated that the court was working to accommodate the case efficiently.

Senior Counsel Christopher Hamel-Smith led the Opposition’s legal team, assisted by Tapley Seaton QC, Vincent Byron Jr and Talibah Byron.

The defendants, the Speaker of the National Assembly and Attorney General, were represented by Dr. Henry Browne QC, Sylvester Anthony and Simone Bullen-Thompson, Lord Peter Goldsmith was absent from the proceedings.

Opposition Leader Mark Brantley, who filed the motion on December 2012, was not present, but Team Unity Leader Dr. Timothy Harris and other opposition members attended the hearing.

According to Anthony, there are issues relating to disclosure that need to be determined by the court.

He also informed the court of the intention to cross-examine Harris and former Deputy Prime Minister Michael O. Powell.

Justice Carter stated that the court would apply a “sensible case management approach” to keep both sides within the ambit.

A provisional case management hearing is scheduled for December 19 when all applications can be addressed.