Appeal Court to make decision on "speedy hearing" of Senate matter tomorrow

By Clinton McGreggor

The hearing of the claim filed by the Clerk of the Houses of Parliament in the Supreme Court was adjourned on Tuesday  afternoon to await word from the Appeal Court, in a related matter.

The Appeal Court is to decide whether it will have a speedy hearing of the appeal filed by Opposition leader, Andrew Holness in the Senate seat issue. The Appeal Court will give its decision on Wednesday.

Queen's Counsel Michael Hylton, who filed the claim on behalf of the Senate,  told RJR News that the parties are hoping that the entire issue can be settled before the Court of Appeal. He said they are awaiting word from the Appeal Court.

The Constitutional Court ruled last month that Mr Holness acted unlawfully in late 2013, when he used undated pre-signed resignation letters to force the removal of Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton from the Senate.

Both men have since reclaimed their seats in the Senate, but the Supreme Court has been asked give a definitive ruling concerning the status of Williams and Tufton, who were initially replaced in the Senate by Dr. Nigel Clarke and Ruel Reid.

Mr. Holness subsequently appealed the Constitutional Court's ruling, arguing that this was important to bring further clarity to the matter.

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