LIVE STREAM:The Judiciary of Jamaica Strategic Business Plan Launch 2024


A world-class judiciary utilizing innovation and technology for efficient service delivery.


To provide sound, timely judgments and efficient court services in an environment where all stakeholders are valued.

Williams, Norman v Townsend, Gloria (Deceased, Christopher Townsend, Administrator ad litem) and Carlton Hutchinson

Case Number: 
2015 HCV02908
Neutral Citation: 
[2022] JMSC Civ. 228
Date of Delivery: 

Application to set aside default judgment – Alleged failure to serve claim form - Whether a delay in filing the application should result in the failure of the application – Whether the defendant has a defence which has a realistic prospect of success - Whether a draft defence attached to an affidavit is sufficient – Hearsay
evidence in affidavit – Need to specify source(s) of information and belief - Prejudicial effect of evidence outweighing its probative value -  Section 31L of the Evidence Act - Eyewitness account in affidavit – No indication if said eyewitness is/will be expected to testify for the defendant at trial - Burden and standard of proof where there is a dispute as regards whether a claim form has been served - Court’s assessment of conflicting witnesses’ accounts – Credibility of witnesses – Whether the court has power to waive service of a claim form – Consideration of general power of the court - General powers of the court to remedy procedural defects – Inability of the court to cure a procedural defect where the rules of court provide a
sanction for that defect – Statutory interpretation - Generalia specialibus non derogant.


Emergency Matters

Emergency Matters

Matrimonial Proceedings

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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan for the Jamaican Judiciary 2024-2028