Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Appeal court grants stay in motion of no confidence case in St Kitts-Nevis
Published on July 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Andre Huie

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court has granted a stay of all proceedings in the motion of no confidence matter, filed by the speaker of St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Curtis Martin.

High court judge Justice Darshan Ramdhani ruled in February that there are no impediments to tabling the motion of no confidence against the government.

The stay was granted on the basis that the appeal “has met the required threshold” under the law, a release from the prime minister’s office states.

According to the release, the legal threshold includes the finding by the appeal court that the speaker’s intended appeal has real prospects of success at the hearing of the appeal.

douglas3.jpg
Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas
“It would be good… for the court to finally hear… the constitutional matter that is brought before it, whether the court can direct the speaker as to what to place on the order paper and when,” Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas told WINN FM on Sunday.

“That is a principle that needs to be really tested, and it would be good for us to have that particular appeal matter heard, and the original motion as well to be heard. I think that this is something that is so fundamental to our democracy, and our parliamentary structure in particular, and the separation of powers between the court and the parliament and the executive. This is such a fundamental matter that it would be good for the court to give judgment on this matter,” Douglas said.

The motion of no confidence was filed by opposition leader Mark Brantley in December 2012, who months later, along with other opposition MPs, asked the court to rule on whether their constitutional rights were being violated by the motion not being tabled, and asked that the court instruct the speaker to table the motion.

The case was later withdrawn but the speaker brought the matter back to the court, arguing that there were important constitutional matters to be heard such as whether the court had the jurisdiction to instruct the speaker on matters pertaining to the conduct of parliament.

According to a statement from the legal team for the speaker, the ruling of the court of appeal is very significant.

The statement said the ruling vindicates the decision of the speaker to appeal the judgment of the high court and seek a stay of all proceedings before the high court.

The legal team also claimed the court of appeal decision exposes the misjudgment of those in civil society who demanded that the speaker had no choice but to allow the debate of the motion.

Efforts to contact a member of either legal team for a comment were unsuccessful up to news time.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
 
Reads: 2784





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

CJ:

I am no lawyer nor am I a politician however, I am a citizen and this is no Democracy the motion should have been tabled and a vote should have been called that is what I call democracy but you Politicians want to hold on to power so badly that you would do any thing even twist the law to suite your selves every elected member should have a voice they need to be heard

In my poinion the courts have no juridiction over this matter are you Political leaders so afraid of loosing your hold over the people that you stifle the opposition every time you get a chance they were elected by the people just like you did Give democracy a chance you will perhaps need it one day You will no stay in power for ever

Look around around you do you not see what absolute power brings.

Concerned


Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: