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Published:Sunday | January 8, 2023 | 1:40 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Margaret Curtis is looking forward to moving on with her life for the new year, following last year’s November ruling by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) that she was unjustifiably dismissed from her job in 2018. But that could prove to be...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2023 | 1:17 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A special plea is being made on humanitarian grounds for the Government to consider an ex gratia payment in the new year for 41-year-old Shahabadine Joseph Peart, who was wrongfully charged with murder, convicted and sentenced in June 2000 to hang...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2022 | 5:57 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The plight of British solicitor and human rights activist Hannah Harris-Barrington, who had to flee Jamaica and return to England earlier this year because of death threats, false accusations and alleged corruption in the justice system, has caught...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Supreme Court has awarded Muriel Fraser just over $2.4 million for the death of her son, Imran Ferguson, who died as a result of injuries he received from being badly beaten in police custody in 2010. Fraser had sought $20 million as redress...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2022 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The church family and friends of a 95-year-old woman are distressed that a Supreme Court order compelling two respondents and a funeral home to release her body to the executors of her estate was disobeyed. Instead, last week Wednesday, Ann...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2022 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A defendant whose application to set aside a default judgment was thrown out earlier this month by the Supreme Court will now have to pay $16 million in damages to an elderly farmer, who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2015....

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The inhumane conditions in the island’s prisons were taken into consideration last month when Supreme Court Judge Tania Mott-Tulloch Reid ordered the State to pay $21 million in damages to Detective Constable Leonard Lindsay, who the court ruled...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The unanimous not guilty verdict in a case in which a 17-year-old schoolgirl testified that she was raped three times in one night and her head dunked in a bucket of water in an attempt to drown her has left her asking, “Where is the system of...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2022 | 12:12 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Erlene Melbourne was relying on a 2013 Supreme Court judgment to support her case that Jamaican Infrastructure Operator Limited (JIO) was liable under the Occupiers’ Liability Act for an accident on Highway 2000, which claimed the life of her...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2022 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Transport Authority and its agents have come under judicial fire for “woeful dereliction” of duty for the more than five years they took to inform transport operator Marlon Parker where his minibus was being kept after it was seized in November...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2022 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Shoddy investigations by the police, coupled with lengthy delays in taking accused persons before the court after they have been arrested and charged, could cost the Government millions of dollars in damages for false imprisonment and malicious...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2022 | 12:13 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan, who is representing incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel in his appeal against his murder conviction, was yesterday found guilty by the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council (GLC) of professional...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2022 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Scoffing at the criticism and vitriol being spewed at attorney-at-law Tamika Harris for representing the mass murderer of a family of five in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon, in June, members of the legal profession are arguing that she should be commended...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The crime crisis Jamaica is facing has rankled some judges so much that they threw the book at a double murder convict, imposing the maximum sentence. In July, the Court of Appeal ordered that Rayon Williams must serve 45 years before being...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2022 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Puzzlement and disbelief are now swirling in legal circles about an unprecedented case of a man who was tried and convicted for murder and wounding with intent by a seven-member jury all bearing the same last name. In fact, several senior attorneys...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2022 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Delroy Chuck left his lucrative law practice 25 years ago to enter representational politics. Before then, he had done a fair amount of legal work as well as lecturing at The University of the West Indies for 20 years. But in 1997, he was elected...

Published:Sunday | August 28, 2022 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The police have revealed that an alarming number of women are being raped or robbed on their first date with men they meet on social media platforms; however, the true extent of the problem remains unknown because some women are too fearful or...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Strong support has come from the Advocates’ Association of Jamaica for the Government to make an ex gratia payment to a man who, at age 18, was incarcerated for 12 years for a crime he did not commit, and was eventually freed 11 years ago....

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2022 | 12:12 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Retired Supreme Court Judge Lennox Campbell is aware that Jamaica’s justice system needs significant improvements, but he asserts that the citizens must take an active role in order for it to properly function. He is calling on Jamaicans to do...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2022 | 12:11 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A parish court judge issued a committal order last week Wednesday against Queen’s Counsel Denise Kitson, a managing partner at the law firm Grant Stewart Phillips...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A grave “miscarriage of justice” resulted in the conviction of a hotel worker, who spent four years in prison before he was freed this month by the Court of Appeal. “I have been robbed of four valuable years of my life because of a flawed justice...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Court of Appeal, last month, ordered the immediate release of a man who had to wait for 10 years to get the transcript of his trial so that his appeal could be heard. Although Jerome Dixon lost the appeal against his conviction for wounding...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Retired fishing vessel captain Jeffery Steadman is now homeless but he is not giving up the fight to ascertain how his father, the late custos of Portland, John Henry Stedman, who died 25 years ago, was allegedly swindled out of 267 acres of prime...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A man who spent four days in jail and faced a criminal charge after he rescued a 10-year-old boy from being mauled to death by two vicious dogs says he has no regrets in doing what he did to save the boy’s life. Referred to by many in the parish of...

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