Justice Belle Rejects Application For Specific Disclosure

Legal Team, Dr. Henry Browne, Mr. Anthony Astaphan, S.C. and Mr. Sylvester Anthony

Legal Team – Browne, Astaphan, and Anthony (L-R)
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Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
December 03, 2009 (CUOPM)

High Court Judge His Lordship Mr. Justice Frances Belle Thursday rejected an application for specific disclosure from lawyers for Leader of the Opposition and Parliamentary Representative for Nevis 9, the Hon. Mark Brantley and opposition Parliamentarian, the Hon. Shawn Richards.

Messrs Brantley and Richards had moved the Court Wednesday through their lead counsel, Ms. Mia Mottley seeking specific disclosure of several meetings of the Constituency Boundaries Commission (CBC).

In rejecting the Claimants application for specific disclosure, Justice Belle ordered that the minutes of the November 11th meeting, which the lawyers for the Government and the CBC agreed by consent to be disclosed to the Court and the Claimants.

Justice Belle also ordered the transcripts of any reference or discussion about the deadline of the 16th of December.

Thursday’s ruling vindicates the lawyers for the government who were of the view that the application all along was a fishing expedition by the Claimants, Hon. Mark Brantley and Hon. Shawn Richards.

The Government’s Legal Team has promised to submit the transcripts to the Court when it resumes at 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

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