The Hon. Mr. Justice David Fraser

Cole, Pauline v Insurance Company of the West Indies

Admissibility of statement of unavailable witness – Proof of conditions precedent
to reception in evidence – Procedure to determine admissibility at trial –
Statement must be relevant and its prejudicial effect should not outweigh its
probative value – Contract of insurance is a contract uberrima fides – Assured
has obligation to be truthful and make full disclosure of material facts – Insurer
seeking to avoid contract has a duty to establish that material facts were
misrepresented/undisclosed and that it was induced by the misrepresentation/

Branch Development Ltd. TA Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel v The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited

Applicability of Account Agreements – Generally, later contracts rescind or vary previous contracts in relation to the same subject matter – Most recent Agreement applicable – No basis to have recourse to the common law – Implied Plea of non est factum – No duty to explain effect of Agreements – Fraudulent cheques containing forged signatures – Account debited based on the payments on fraudulent cheques – Alleged breach of contract – Express provisions covering customer’s duties – Effect of forgery clause – Forgery clause neither unreasonable nor ambiguous – Scope of verification/conclusive

Administrator General of Jamaica (on behalf of the Estate and Near Relations Stephen Lloyd Spencer, deceased) v Cool Petroleum Ltd et al

Application to set aside default judgment – Rule 13 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) – Whether application for relief from sanctions under rule 26 of the CPR is required – Requirements to set aside default judgment – Real prospect of success in defending claim is foremost consideration – Applicant must have an affidavit of merit – Waiver of affidavit of merit possible only in exceptional circumstances – Applicant must have acted promptly and have a good explanation for failure to comply – Court still has discretion to set aside judgment where application not prompt and there is no good ex

McLaren-Josephs, Heather Fern v Josephs, Nigel Archibald

The parties’ interest in the family home – Principal asset – Statutory rule creates an entitlement to equal interest – Equal share rule is the norm but may be displaced – For the rule to be displaced, it has to be shown to be unreasonable or unjust –What constitutes a section 7 factor – No requirement that inheritance factor occurs before the marriage – Once a section 7 factor exists then court can consider all other circumstances including contribution – Inheritance money used to repay mortgage – Post separation contributions do not affect entitlement at separation – Occupation rent – Paym

Patterson, Vernal Ernest v Nelson Patterson, Millicent Ann

Presumption that joint equitable ownership flows from joint legal ownership – Rebuttal of presumption a heavy burden but can be displaced by showing a different common intention – Common intention to be deduced objectively from parties words and conduct – The court should consider what is fair having regard to the whole course of dealing between the parties in instances where the intended shares are uncertain – Factors to consider in determining common intention include financial contribution and the purpose for which the property was acquired – Occupation rent – Central consideration is fo

Imperial Suites Hotel Limited v Johnson, Leroy

Application for striking out of Defence and/or Summary Judgment – Whether there exists reasonable grounds for defending the claim pursuant to rule 26.3(1)(c) of the Civil Procedure Rules or a real prospect of successfully defending the claim pursuant to rule 15.2(b) of the Civil Procedure Rules – Defendant lacking locus standi as either shareholder or creditor of company to defend action on behalf of company – The company was the mortgagor and has a separate legal personality – Only the company has the legal standing to challenge the transfer of title pursuant to mortgagee’s power of sale –

The Queen v Green, Kimeo

The Evidence (Special Measures) Act, 2012 - The Evidence (Special Measures) (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Judicature) (Supreme Court) Rules, 2016 - Application for main witness to give evidence by live link - Appropriate circumstances for use of special measure of live link - Definition of vulnerabe witness - Witness said to be in fear but no allegation of actual threat - Right of accused to a fair trial - Credibility significant issue - Risk of incurable prejudice of the accused - Overall interests of the administration of justice.

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