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


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

The Hon. Mr. Justice David Batts

Edman, Noel and Lorna Henry v Zuar Limited

Building Contract - Whether time for completion breached - Whether building
constructed in accordance with agreed plans - Whether agreed price for
construction paid - Whether contract varied to increase price and extend time.

Robinson, Julian v The Attorney General of Jamaica

Constitutional relief – Costs – Whether there should be an Order for costs in
Claimant’s favour- Whether no costs should be ordered due to the exceptional
public interest and import of the claim – Whether costs should be on a full
indemnity basis – Whether certificate for four counsel to be granted.

Rutar Limited v Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority

Tort - Breach of Statutory Duty - Negligence - Whether oral permission granted for aircraft to be serviced outside jurisdiction - Whether certificate of airworthiness ought to be renewed - Whether delay in renewing result of negligence or malice - Whether claim for breach of statutory duty possible.

National Housing Trust v Marksman Limited and Robert Epstein

National Housing Trust Act - National Housing Trust (Contributions) Regulations,1979 - Whether an employer-employee relationship exists between security guards and the 1st Defendant –Whether 1st Defendant liable to Claimant for employer’s contributions - Whether the 2nd Defendant is a responsible officer within the meaning of the Act - Whether remedies barred due to laches, estoppel, waiver and/or acquiescence - Whether declaratory relief may be granted without retroactive effect.

Phoenix Printery Limited v Ashcar Printing Solutions Limited

Civil Practice – Application to vacate committal order - Defendant company judgment debtor - Order for payment made against company - No enquiry into assets of company or its ability to pay – Whether jurisdiction to make committal order against director.

Fulton, Sally v Ramson, John, Susan Silvera and Christopher Ramson et al

Civil Practice - Appointment of expert witnesses - Disclosure of documents -Whether expert has to be independent - Whether expert qualified by experience -Whether two experts to be permitted to give evidence on same issue - Whether real likelihood of bias - Whether documents requested directly relevant – Observations on meaning of “legal vacation”.

Chas E. Ramson Limited v Ramson, John, Susan SIlvera and Christopher Ramson et al

Company Law - Derivative action - Application to have company pay costs of derivative action - Application to strike out or stay derivative action – Whether matter of costs discretionary - Whether fair and just - Whether court having granted permission to bring claim an application for summary judgment is maintainable - Whether company articles permit an indemnity to directors - Whether section 201 of Companies Act prohibits indemnity.

Parchment, Byron v SCJ Holdings Limited

Assessment of damages - Fixed term lease terminated – Land owned by the state – Land Acquisition Act – Improvements – Fixed assets – Crops – Measure of damages – Other occupants – Whether cost to evict should be borne by tenant – Whether issues related to liability relevant when assessing damages.



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