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Appellate Jurisdiction

Appeal from the Court of Appeal belize CCJ Appeal No. BZCR2018/001 Between DIONCICIO SALAZAR v THE QUEEN

Reasons for Decision of The Honourable Justices Wit, Hayton, Anderson, Rajnauth-Lee and Barrow

Delivered by
The Honourable Mr. Justice Wit

2019/07/12

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Original Jurisdiction

Original Jurisdiction CCJ Application No. TTOJ2018/001 Trinidad Cement Limited Claimants And The State of Trinidad and Tobago Defendant And Rock Hard Distribution Limited Intervener And Mootilal Ramhit and Sons Contracting Limited Intervener Original Jurisdiction CCJ Application No. TTOJ2018/002 Trinidad Cement Limited and Arawak Cement Company Limited Claimants And The State of Barbados Defendant And Rock Hard Cement Limited Intervener CCJ Application No. SLOJ2018/001 Between Rock Hard Distribution Limited Claimant And The State of Trinidad and Tobago Defendant And The Caribbean Community Defendant CCJ Application No. BBOJ2018/001 Between Rock Hard Cement Limited Claimant And The State of Barbados Defendant And The Caribbean Community Defendant
RULING Court composed of A Saunders, President, and J Wit, W Anderson, M Rajnauth-Lee and D Barrow, Judges

2019/08/06

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Schedule of Court Sittings

Our upcoming sittings.

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  • 02
    May 2, 2019

    10:00 -11:00
    May 2, 2019

    The CCJ will deliver judgment, starting at 10am AST, in this matter where Mr. Renaldo Alleyne was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six concurrent life sentences, after 6 young women died when the Campus Trendz Clothing Boutique was firebombed during a robbery. At the Court of Appeal in Barbados, Mr. Alleyne said the life sentences were excessive and further that the trial judge did not consider a discount for his early guilty plea. In dismissing his appeal, the Court of Appeal held that his sentences were neither excessive, disproportionate or wrong in principle, given the gravity of the offence, and that the issue of a discount does not apply to an indeterminate sentence. Mr. Alleyne is now seeking to overturn the decision of the Court of Appeal.

  • 07
    May 7, 2019

    10:00 -13:00
    May 7, 2019

    David Bain, a national of Grenada, alleges that his right to freedom of movement was infringed when he was refused entry into Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Bain, who is also a citizen of the United States, presented his US passport on arrival from Grenada, but was refused entry by immigration officials after he was questioned about past arrests for narcotics, which he strongly denied. During the incident Mr Bain presented a Grenadian Driver’s Licence and National Identification Card but was nevertheless detained overnight and sent back to Grenada. After granting special leave, the Court ordered a preliminary hearing on certain issues relating to the effect of Mr. Bain presenting his US passport to immigration officials and whether his presentation of a Grenadian Driver’s Licence or National Identification Card was sufficient to establish his Grenadian citizenship for the purpose of invoking the right to freedom of movement as a CARICOM national.

     

     

     

  • 08
    May 8, 2019

    10:00 -14:00
    May 8, 2019

    This is a constitutional appeal brought by Mr. Zulfikar Mustapha who alleges that the President failed to properly exercise his discretion in the appointment of Rev. Justice James Aloysius Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission in breach of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution. Mr. Mustapha was unsuccessful in both the High Court and Court of Appeal and has appealed to the Caribbean Court of Justice.

     

     

     

  • 09
    May 9, 2019

    10:00 -17:00
    May 9, 2019

    On 21 December 2018, 33 of the 65 Members of the National Assembly of Guyana voted in favour of a no-confidence motion which meant that the President and Ministers of Government should resign and that elections must be held within three months. However, the Government later claimed that 34 votes were required and that one of the members who voted in favour of the motion, Mr. Charrandas Persaud, was ineligible to vote because he held dual citizenship. When the matter came before the Chief Justice in the High Court, she ruled that only 33 votes were required. However, on appeal to the Court of Appeal, it was held that 34 votes were required. The matter is now before the CCJ for final determination.

     

     

     

  • 10
    May 10, 2019

    09:00 -15:00
    May 10, 2019

    On 21 December 2018, 33 of the 65 Members of the National Assembly of Guyana voted in favour of a no-confidence motion which meant that the President and Ministers of Government should resign and that elections must be held within three months. However, the Government later claimed that 34 votes were required and that one of the members who voted in favour of the motion, Mr. Charrandas Persaud, was ineligible to vote because he held dual citizenship. When the matter came before the Chief Justice in the High Court, she ruled that only 33 votes were required. However, on appeal to the Court of Appeal, it was held that 34 votes were required. The matter is now before the CCJ for final determination.

     

     

     

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