Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Justice, Eddie Ventose will hear the case to strike out the election petitions from which High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson recused herself.
Senior Counsel for the applicants, Anthony Astaphan says the announcement came in a case management meeting held Thursday,
“All of the lawyers representing all of the parties including the petitioners and respondents were told,” he said.
The matter at hand is a request to have petitions challenging the 2019 election results in 10 constituencies own by the DLP struck out.
The petitions were filed by the Opposition, UWP.
High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson was to hear the case but Hon Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton called for her recusal alleging bias.
The Hon Prime Minister, leader of the DLP and Senior Counsel Astaphan spoke strongly against the accusations which they feel bring the justice and the judiciary into disrepute.
The Dominica Bar Association had issued a statement that the public should show respect for the judiciary.
Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Dame Janice Perreira assigns judges in the entire jurisdiction.
Senior Counsel Astaphan says Justice Ventose was assigned to hear the case “…not because of any participation or influence-peddling -as is being suggested- by the Opposition, myself…anybody else or the Attorney-General’s letter for that matter. It is a direct result of the viscious violent, hostile smear campaign if not electronic lynching that has been and is still being executed against Justice Stephenson by the Opposition Leader and his forces at Q95 and social media.”
The Court has been brough into disrepute and scandalised by the UWP Leader, according to Counsel Astaphan.
Hon. Justice Eddy Ventose, who will hear the application, took his oath on September 3 rd , 2018 as a judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
His lordship was previously professor of law at the Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Barbados and has been assigned to St. Kitts and Nevis.
The matter will be heard virtually on July 7 th .
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