Valentine’s Day Hearing for Constitutional Motion Against Government

The core matters of the case speak to the appointment of the new Attorney General, Jason Hamilton, as senator in the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis; his right to vote on a recent Bill to increase the number of senators; and the actions of the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Curtis Martin, in amending the Order Paper of the sitting of the Assembly, to swear in Mr. Hamilton, although the parliament was in the middle of debating the same Bill to increase the quota of senators.

The legal team for the applicants has explained that they were also seeking to have the judge place an injunction on the voting rights of the Attorney General and also on the ability of the Government to proceed in appointing the new senators.

However the injunction was not granted because all the parties involved in the injunction were not served the necessary papers. It was further explained that the denial of the injunction has no bearing on the merits of the arguments to be presented when the actual case is heard, starting on 14th February. The lawyers have therefore indicated that if the government proceeds, all the actions taken could be overturned if the case is won by Mr. Condor and Mr. Richards. The Government they intimated would therefore be proceeding at their own risk.

The case will be heard by Justice John Benjamin.

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