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Malahoo Forte against government's decision not to appeal NIDS ruling

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte
 
It appears Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte is not in agreement with the government's decision not to appeal the Constitutional Court ruling on the controversial National Identification and Registration Act.
 
On April 12, the court ruled that the law to set up the National Identification system (NIDS) was unconstitutional and therefore null and void.
 
But on Tuesday afternoon, Mrs Malahoo Forte, who represented the government in the case, told the House of Representatives that many questions remain unanswered in relation to the case.
 
Pointing out that the Supreme Court does not have the final say on Jamaican law, she suggested the matter should have gone to appeal.
 
"There are many curious aspects of the judgment that, to my mind, should properly be reviewed by the higher courts.... But since the government has taken the policy decision not to appeal, I will say no more at this time," she declared. 
 
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has said instructions have been issued for the drafting of a new bill. 
 
He said the new bill should be tabled in parliament by September with the intention of having it passed by November. 
 


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