The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal (ECSC) has refused an application by the government of Dominica for a “stay of execution” in the matter concerning the proper election of the president of Dominica.
The government of Dominica had filed an application for a stay of execution dated February 22, 2013 after High Court Judge, Justice Lionel Jones ruled that the case brought by the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), challenging the process by which Eluid Williams was elected President of Dominica, should proceed to trial.
However, Senior Counsel, Allick Lawrence, who represents the Prime Minister, House Speaker and Attorney General in the matter, made an application after Justice Jones’ ruling, for leave to appeal and this was granted.
But Justice of Appeal Davidson Baptiste, in an order dated May 21, 2013, has refused that application.
Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira had issued an Order dated May 3, 2013 and the Appellants (the government) had not filed the submissions in accordance with that Order.
Justice of Appeal Baptiste ruled that “the Court being of the opinion that the appellants have not satisfied the requirements for the grant of a stay; it is hereby ordered that the application for a stay of execution of the directions of the Judge dated February 22, 2013 is refused.”
He made no order as to costs.
Below is the court order issued by Justice Baptiste.