Vision 

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

Mission

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

The Hon. Mr. Justice Kirk Anderson

Austin, Dale v The Public Service Commission and The Attorney General of Jamaica

Unless order - Striking out of defendant's statement of case - Whether defendants whose case has been struck out can participate in assessment of damages hearing - To whom extent can the defendants whose case has been struck out participate in an assessment of damages hearing - Fundamental rights of defendant - Proportionality of restriction on defendant's rights to objective of striking out the defendant's statement of case.

Lyn's Funeral Home v Fearon, Paul

Application to set aside default judgment - Whether or not default judgment was regularly obtained - Whether applicant can plead inconsistent alternative grounds in support of application - Whether to serve accompanying documents along with the claim form and particulars of claim renders the claims a nullity - How to properly dispute the Court's jurisdiction to try the claim.

Cameron, Mervin v Attorney General of Jamaica No. 2

Constitutional law – Violation of right to trial within a reasonable time – Order for constitutional damages as compensation – Components and level of compensation – Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Sections 14 (3) time at which it is most appropriate for assessment to be undertaken

Grant-Nelson, Sharon Naomi v Nelson, Naburn

Trial - Family law - Division of propert post separation - Equity - Inapplicability of  Property (Rights of Spouses) Act - Presumption arising from having name on title - Alleged pooling of parties' funds - No evidence of childrens' dates of birth - Insufficient evidence of the parties as to maintenance of children - Burden of proof - Whether Limitation of Actions Act is applicable.

Minott, Robert v South East Regional Health Authority et al

CLAIM FOR DAMAGES FOR NEGLIGENCE – CLAIM FOR HANDICAP ON THE LABOUR MARKET – CLAIM FOR LOSS OF FUTURE EARNINGS – MULTIPLIER/MULTIPLICAND APPROACH – LUMP SUM APPROACH – DISTINCTION BETWEEN A CLAIM FOR LOSS OF FUTURE EARNINGS AND A LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY – HANDICAP ON THE LABOUR MARKET – GENERAL DAMAGES FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING AND LOSS OF AMENITIES – CLAIMANT WAS A WELDER – CLAIMANT’S LEG WAS AMPUTATED DUE TO THE CROWN’S NEGLIGENCE – LOSS OF EARNINGS UP UNTIL DATE OF TRIAL TO BE TREATED AS AN ITEM OF SPECIAL DAMAGES – LOSS OF EARNINGS EXPECTED AFTER TRIAL TO BE TREATED AS AN ITEM OF GENERAL

Smith, Georgette v Jamaica Defence Force Co-Operative Credit Union

Striking out application – Application for an administrative order – Application for constitutional redress – Application for constitutional redress joined with other claims in tort – Whether claim form is appropriate form for court proceedings upon this claim – Defence filed out of time – Application for an extension of time to file defence – Relevant factors to be considered by the court in respect of an application for an extension of time to file defence – Court’s general power to correct procedural errors – Over-riding objective.

Cameron, Mervin v Attorney General of Jamaica

Constitutional law – Allegations of violation of right to trial within a reasonable
time – Whether violation of reasonable time standard results in grant of stay
automatically – How analysis is to be done – Factors to be considered when
determining whether reasonable time standard violated – Consequences of
violation – Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Sections 14 (3) and 16
(1) – Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 11 (b)

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