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The Hon. Mr. Justice David Fraser

McLaren-Josephs, Heather Fern v Josephs, Nigel Archibald

The parties’ interest in the family home – Principal asset – Statutory rule creates an entitlement to equal interest – Equal share rule is the norm but may be displaced – For the rule to be displaced, it has to be shown to be unreasonable or unjust –What constitutes a section 7 factor – No requirement that inheritance factor occurs before the marriage – Once a section 7 factor exists then court can consider all other circumstances including contribution – Inheritance money used to repay mortgage – Post separation contributions do not affect entitlement at separation – Occupation rent – Paym

Patterson, Vernal Ernest v Nelson Patterson, Millicent Ann

Presumption that joint equitable ownership flows from joint legal ownership – Rebuttal of presumption a heavy burden but can be displaced by showing a different common intention – Common intention to be deduced objectively from parties words and conduct – The court should consider what is fair having regard to the whole course of dealing between the parties in instances where the intended shares are uncertain – Factors to consider in determining common intention include financial contribution and the purpose for which the property was acquired – Occupation rent – Central consideration is fo

Imperial Suites Hotel Limited v Johnson, Leroy

Application for striking out of Defence and/or Summary Judgment – Whether there exists reasonable grounds for defending the claim pursuant to rule 26.3(1)(c) of the Civil Procedure Rules or a real prospect of successfully defending the claim pursuant to rule 15.2(b) of the Civil Procedure Rules – Defendant lacking locus standi as either shareholder or creditor of company to defend action on behalf of company – The company was the mortgagor and has a separate legal personality – Only the company has the legal standing to challenge the transfer of title pursuant to mortgagee’s power of sale –

The Queen v Green, Kimeo

The Evidence (Special Measures) Act, 2012 - The Evidence (Special Measures) (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Judicature) (Supreme Court) Rules, 2016 - Application for main witness to give evidence by live link - Appropriate circumstances for use of special measure of live link - Definition of vulnerabe witness - Witness said to be in fear but no allegation of actual threat - Right of accused to a fair trial - Credibility significant issue - Risk of incurable prejudice of the accused - Overall interests of the administration of justice.

Davis, Marlene v Davis, Hugh Ashley

Date of separation - Divisin of family home - Equal share rule - Partnership of equals - Variarion of equal share rule - Unjust - Unreasonable - Factors to be considered - What is fair and just in the circumstances - Contribution - Other factor - Ownership of other property - Burden of proof - Division of property other than family home - Occupation rent - Mense profit - Definition of property - Inherent jurisdiction.

Cameron, Mervin v Attorney General of Jamaica No. 2

Constitutional law – Violation of right to trial within a reasonable time – Order for constitutional damages as compensation – Components and level of compensation – Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Sections 14 (3) time at which it is most appropriate for assessment to be undertaken

Spur Tree Spices Jamaica Limited v The Minister of Labour and Social Security

Accusation of theft –Summary dismissal of employees – Failure to comply with the 
Labour Relations Code – Offer of reinstatement – Meaning of reinstatement in fact 
and law – Disciplinary hearings on same facts which triggered improper dismissals 
– Propriety of condition subsequent to reinstatement – Definition of industrial 
dispute – Whether there was an extant industrial dispute at time of Minister’s 
referral – Need for second complaint after second dismissal  – Minister’s referral 
ultra vires s. 11A Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act 

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