Lennox Lawrence, one of the lawyers representing one of the respondents in the ex parte notice of application seeking leave for judicial review to have the election of December 6th, 2019 postponed, has said that the applicants do not appear to be serious.
“We appeared before the Judge and the applicants are asking the Judge to recuse herself from the matter, so it doesn’t appear that these people seriously want this matter heard,” Lawrence said.
He continued, “We have only two Judges in the jurisdiction and their first application is that this Judge does not hear the matter and that it goes before another Judge,” he stated.
Lawrence disclosed that the application will be heard before the Judge at 2 pm today. Asked if he was “surprised” by the application, he replied, “I am not surprised by anything; our position is that the entire application before the court is really a non- starter; so, nothing surprise us.”
Asked why they are asking that Justice Bernie Stephenson not hear the matter, Cara Shillingford who speaks on behalf of the team for the applicants, stated, “I will not discuss the matter.”
Justice Bernie Stephenson has been resident Judge in Dominica now for over 10 years and questions have been raised about the length of time that she has served as a Judge in Dominica.
Lennox Lawrence, Stephen Isidore and Jodi Luke are appearing for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth respondents while Jo-Ann Xavier Cuffy and Solicitor General, Tameka Burton, appeared for the Attorney General.
Cara Shillingford, Elue John Charles and Joshua Francis are representing the applicants.