Gomes, Jennifer Carolyn et al v The Attorney General

Case Number: 
M. 063/2000
Date of Delivery: 
03.07.2000

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE OF JAMAICA
IN MISCELLANEOUS
SUIT NO. M. 063/2000
BETWEEN JENNIFER CAROLYN GOMES 1'' APPLICANT
A N D MADGE HYLTON 2nd APPLICANT
A N D SUSAN GOFFE 3rd APPLICANT
A N D THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RESPONDENT
LJ
Hugh Small Q.C., Clyde Williams for 1" and 2" Applicants and Dennis Goffe,
Q.C, for 3rd Applicant instructed by Mrs.Sharon Usim of Chancellor & Co.
Evan Oniss & Miss Annaliesa Lindsay for Respondent
Heard: June 29 & July 3,2000
C; Harris, J.
By a Notice of Motion issued on the 1 6th June, 2000, the Applicants
seek the following declarations:
C 1. 'That upon a true construction of the Commissions of Enquiry Act, a
Commissioner appointed under that Act has no power or authority to prevent
members of the public who attend public sessions of the Enquiry from taking
notes of the proceedings.
2. That the ruling made by Mr. Justice Lloyd Ellis, the sole Commissioner
(.-:\ appointed to enquire into recent incidents at the St. Catherine District Prison
prohibiting the taking of notes by meml~erso f the public of the proceedings,
is null and void and of no legal effect.
The applicants are members of the public attending sittings of an enquiry

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