2020

Stewart, Lauriston v Sonada Limited, Messado, Jennifer, et al v National Property and General Insurance Brokers Limited and Camnel Farms Limited

Injunction - Money loaned to 1st Defendant – Caveat lodged against property – Property already subject of sale to Interested Party – Whether sale to be restrained – Whether serious question to be tried - Balance of convenience-Promissory notes unstamped - Whether admissible in evidence - Observations on the practice of attaching exhibits to affidavits by schedule.

Ernest Smith & Co (A Firm); Smith, Ernest; Smith, Nesta-Clair et al Consolidated with Thompson, Hugh and The Attorney General of Jamaica

Constitutional law - Right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time- Delay/impossibility of a judgment being delivered - Reasonable time guarantee- Remedies for breach of the section 16(2) right – Damages - Measure of damages - Whether summary assessment of the nominate torts would be an appropriate remedy – Costs - Costs thrown away – Section 16(2) the charter of fundamental rights and freedom

Kandekore, Lijyasu M. v Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority

Contract law -  Breach of contract - Elements of a contract - Written offer - Oral acceptance - Whether letters of the Board of the defendant can be regarded as evidence of oral acceptance - Whether an enforceable contract was created.

Brown, Marlon v Brown, Iola and others

Application for relief from sanction after statement of case struck out –- Whether the application was made promptly – Whether the claimant’s failure to comply was unintentional – Whether the claimant’s alleged impecuniosity is a good explanation for his non-compliance – Whether the claimant has generally complied with all other relevant rules, practice directions, orders and directions – Rule 26.8 of the Civil Procedure Rule

Mundle, Desmond v Small, Ivan

Judge has jurisdiction to set aside a default cost certificate for good reason - Inherent jurisdiction of court to control its process not impacted by amendments to CPR – Interpretation of definition of “clear days” in rule 3.2(3) of the CPR – Event refers to something that is scheduled to occur on a specified day and on that day only – Where the end of the period stipulated is defined by reference to an event the final day is excluded – Calculation of time period allowed for filing of points of dispute pursuant to rule 65.20(3) of the CPR – Filing of points of dispute not an event hence fi

Reid, Kavin v Advantage General Insurance Company Limited and Administrator General for Jamaica heard with Kavin Reid v Advantage General et al

Civil Procedure - CPR 11.6 - CPR 20.4 - CPR 26.1(2)(v) – oral application to amend relief being sought on the Fixed Date Claim Forms being made at the hearing of the claims.
Civil Procedure - CPR 21.7 - CPR 21.8 - interpretation - whether rules applicable in the Parish Courts - court’s jurisdiction to appoint representative party or give directions to continue proceedings initiated in the Parish Court.
Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act - section 2(1) - section 2(3) - limitation period - subsistence of actions in tort against estate of deceased.

Digital Auto Imports Limited v The Commissioner General of Tax Administration Jamaica

Appeal from the Revenue Appeals Division - General Consumption Tax Act - Income Tax Act - assessment raised by Commissioner General after tax payer filed returns - burden of proof.
Direct verification of Income and Output Tax - duty of taxpayer to keep and produce complete and accurate records - unreliability of sales invoices as the direct verification method of the taxpayer’s Income and Output Tax - unreliability of bank deposits alone as a method of verification of taxpayer’s Income and Output Tax.

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