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Apr 4, 2019

Eamon Courtenay Says Timelines Need to be Set for Legal Proceedings

There is still a number of questions as to what will happen next week Wednesday, on April tenth, following the granting of an interim injunction. Twenty-four hours after the ruling, government moved to file an appeal before the Court of Appeal, which seeks to overturn the Chief Justice’s decision to postpone the I.C.J. referendum.  Those papers were filed this afternoon in the appellate jurisdiction with an expectation that the matter will be heard in its entirety and a decision rendered ahead of the April tenth referendum date.  It’s a very tight schedule for the bench to convene, hear the arguments presented and hand down a ruling in time for the national vote to remain on schedule on April tenth.  This morning, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, during an appearance on Open Your Eyes, said that they will insist on a fair hearing which means that due process has to take place in the interest of justice.


Marleni Cuellar

“I want to ask you, what do you think is the probability of the appeal being taken to the Court of Appeal and the exact timeline that the Prime Minister is now suggesting?  What are your thoughts on that?”


Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Attorney

“Well, I don’t know what they are going to do.  I need to see their papers, but I can tell you this, we are going to insist on a fair hearing, we’re going to insist on due process.”


Marleni Cuellar

“Which means no rush…”


Eamon Courtenay

“It’s not no rush, times have to be set.  Listen, they have given their papers today, file it by five o’clock this evening or first thing tomorrow morning.  There are ways, Kevin, you understand.  We do this all the time.  But it can’t be that Ms. Shoman files her papers this morning and Chief Justice calls me and says come and answer this now.  So however compressed the time, the time has to be ultimately fair; otherwise it just gives us another ground as an appeal, that we were denied a fair hearing.”

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