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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.

2020

Gorstew Limited and Stewart, Gordon v The Contractor General

Claim for judicial review — Whether Contractor-General acted ultra vires Contractor General’s Act in seeking to investigate sale of land — Whether Requisition empowered Contractor-General to investigate prior agreements for the supply of goods and services, disputes in relation thereto and their resolution which led to the sale of land — Effect of non/late disclosure in judicial review proceedings.

Lauder, Nicola and Jones, Lydia v Brady, Everett

Assessment of damages – Measure of damages – Damages for breach of contract – Breach of duty of care to erect and install roof in a workmanlike manner – Cost of cure approach to determining damages.

Williams, Ellen v Strata Appeals Tribunal, Commission for Strata Corporations and Jackson, Josina

Statutory Interpretation - Meaning of ‘shall’ in paragraphs 13 and 14 of the First Schedule of the Registration (Strata Titles) Act - Whether the Commission for Strata Corporations can hear disputes between proprietors under section 3B (1) (c) of the Registration (Strata Titles) Act - Judicial Review – Certiorari - Irrationality/ Unreasonableness - Whether the tribunals acted unreasonably - Natural Justice - Duty to act fairly - Legitimate Expectation - Whether there was an expectation that is legitimate – Burden of Proof – Standard of Proof

The Commissioner of Lands v Homeway Foods Limited and Muir, Stephanie

Compensation for mesne profits - Whether compensation includes the award of
interest - Award of interest - Whether Registrar has discretion to award interest –
Whether the compensation for mesne profits attracts interest payable on judgment
debts - Judicature (Supreme Court) Act ss. 12 and 51. Judicature (Supreme Court)
Additional Powers of Registrar Act ss. 3 (1) and 5 (1) - Law Reform (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act - Civil Procedure Rules 12, 14 and 65.23.

Graham, Barrington v The Attorney General et al

Assessment of damages - Assault and battery – Damage to wrist and shoulder – Damage to Reputation - False imprisonment - Malicious prosecution – Information on reason for arrest - Proceedings terminated in favour of the claimant - Aggravated damages – Exemplary damages – Constitutional damages

Abraham, Jason v Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited

Companies Act - Application for leave to bring a derivative claim – Factors to be considered – Whether leave should be granted to bring claim outside the Jurisdiction – Application of pre-2017 company law relating to fiduciary duties – Extent of applicability of business judgment rule

R v Godfrey, Carlington and others

Criminal law - Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act  S. 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 - Statutory interpretation - Meaning of criminal organisation.

Nelson, Collin v Jamaica International Insurance Company Limited

Insurance law - Breach of insurance contract – Whether claimant breached the
terms of the policy – Incorporation of terms and conditions - Whether failure to
refer claim to arbitration is fatal. Motor Vehicles Insurance (Third-Party Risks) Act
sections 2 and 4. Arbitration Act s.5. Arbitration Act, 2017 s. 5.

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