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

Mission

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

2011

Johnson, Byron et al v R

 

Murder – Application for adjournment refused – Matter adjourned Sine Die – Pending resolution of issues – Inordinate pre-trial delay – Reasonable time – Insufficiency of jurors and Part-heard matters – Abuse of process – No permanent stay of proceedings

Jamaican Redevelopment Foundation Inc v The Real Estate Board and The Registrar of Titles

The real estate (dealers and developers) Act of  1987 - prepayment contracts - entered into in breach of provision land to be free of mortgage not concerned with construction or building - whether charge in favor of board void - Whether mortgagor required to compensate purchasers before effecting transfer under power of sale - Priority of mortgage/charge

Insurance Company of the West Indies v Michael Campbell

Insurance law - Return of premiums - Motor policy - Policy avoided for non - disclosure and misrepresentation - Whether insurer obliged to refund premuims paid under the policy - Whether insurer entitled to rely on allegation of fraud said to be comitted by the assured - Effect of the renewal of the policy prior to discovery of the misrepresentation

Nation, Adrian v The Director of Public Prosecutions and The Attorney General of Jamaica Consolidated with Wright, Kerreen v The Director of Public Prosecutions et al

Constitutional Law – Human rights and Fundamental freedoms - Bail, entitlement to –
Amendments made by Parliament to the Bail Act – Amendments removing entitlement to
bail for certain offences - Whether amendments infringe on the constitutional right to
liberty – Whether amendments infringe on the principle of the separation of powers -
Constitution of Jamaica sections 2, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 25, 48, 49, 50 – Bail Act sections 2, 3,
4 and 10 – Bail (Amendment) Act 2010 – Bail (Interim Provisions) Act 2010.
 

Smith, Melissa v Dunwell, Patricia

Negligence-medical specialist-controversial treatment  - Whether departure from acceptable medical practice - Duty to inform of risk - Whether failure to warn - Consent to treatment-standard of disclosure required - Whether objective or subjective test is to be applied - Whether defendant liable.
 

McLeod, Barbara (Mother of deceased, Michael Dorsette) v The Attorney General of Jamaica and The Commissioner of Police

Police party – Constable shooting and killing of deceased – Whether discharge of firearm negligent/malicious/without reasonable and probable cause – Whether Constable acting in lawful self-defence – Whether deceased was acting lawfully at the time of the police shooting – Whether deceased was gainfully employed at the time of his death – Whether Claimant and child were dependents of the deceased – Quantum of loss of dependency.

McFarlene, Violet and Campbell, Igol v Eugster, John and Eugster, Kathleen et al

Adverse possession - Individual claims to possession of many distinct portions of land within large expanses of registered land - Sections 3, 30 of limitation of actions Act - Claim to over 12 years possession but no application to become registered under section 85 of

Registration of Titles Act -  Registered ownership of Land changing – Sections 68, 70, 71, 85, 161 of Registration of Titles Act - When does time begin to run conclusiveness and indefeasibility of registered title - Meaning of “subsequent operation of any statute of

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