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Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

trevor vernon.jpg - 43.62 KbOn Monday, May 19, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin struck out the claim brought by Trevor Vernon against Hon. Edmond Castro, the Minister of State with responsibility for Transport, and area representative of Belize Rural North.

Vernon was seeking declaratory relief against Castro that his actions while as the Minister responsible for the Belize Airport Authority, was against the code of conduct given to Ministers of Government by the Constitution. On Monday, May 5, Castro’s attorney, Denys Barrow, made an application before Chief Justice Benjamin that Vernon’s claim be struck out of court because the laws that he was asking to be invoked against Castro could not apply. He was trying to move the court using administrative law applications, constitutional relief, and judicial review proceedings. These all come under public law which is only available to be brought against a state or a tribunal, but not against Castro who is a public official, but not a public body.

After 2 weeks of deliberation, Chief Justice Benjamin delivered his judgment that the claim needed to be struck out for the exact same reasons that Barrow pointed out to the court. He completely rejected the submissions made by Vernon’s attorney, Phillip Palacio, that it should be amended if it is not in proper form. Vernon was also ordered to pay the costs of the litigation incurred by Castro, and when he has made payment, he may then bring the matter back before the court in another form.

This attempt by Vernon to discredit Castro failed at the initial stage, which should give the PUP affiliate a bit of a pause in this type of tactic, since litigation is costly.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:00