Grant, Victoria and Linsford Hamilton et al v Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, New Day Aluminium (Jamaica) Limited et al

Case Number: 
SU 2022 CV 02353
Neutral Citation: 
[2022] JMSC Civ 218
Date of Delivery: 

Constitutional law – Fundamental rights – Redress – Constitutional claim challenging the lawfulness of bauxite mining activities on the part of the defendants – Breach of fundamental rights – Right to life – Right to receive information – Right to reside in any part of Jamaica – Right to enjoy a healthy and productive environment free from the threat of injury or damage from environmental abuse and degradation of the ecological heritage – Right to protection from degrading treatment.

Civil Procedure – Striking out – Application to strike out claimants’ statement of case – Whether the claimants’ statement of case ought properly to be struck out – The approach of the court in dealing with an application to strike out a party’s statement of case in a constitutional claim – Whether the claimants have sufficiently particularized the claim – Whether the claimants’ statement of case discloses a cause of action – Whether the claimants’ statement of case demonstrates reasonable grounds for bringing the action.

Expert evidence – Preliminary objection challenging the evidence of a medical practitioner – Medical practitioner not appointed as an expert witness – Whether medical practitioner is permitted to give fact evidence
Consolidation – Application for consolidation – Whether claims ought properly to be consolidated – Whether in the alternative the court should make an order that the claims be tried together.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2011, sections 13(1)(b), 13(2), 13(2)(b), 13(3)(a), 13(3)(d), 13(3)(f)(ii), 13(3)(l), 13(3)(o), 13(5), 13(6) and 19, Civil Procedure Rules, 2002, rules 26.1(2)(b), 26.1(2)(h), 32.6(1), 32.6(2) and 56.9(3).


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