The Hon. Mr. Justice David Fraser

Neil, George v The Attorney General of Jamaica, Office of the Utilities Regulation and Spectrum Management Authority

Claim of Public Interest Immunity – Duty of the court to balance competing aspects of the public interest in the administration of justice versus limiting disclosure to preserve national security – Minister’s Certificate should be given significant weight but is not conclusive – Three stage test to determine effectiveness of Certificate, relevance of documents sought to be withheld and whether documents if relevant should not be disclosed to avoid substantial harm to the public interest

Butler-Gilpin, Lynette v Cleveland Resorts Limited trading as El Grego Resort and Vanguary Security Limited

Whether the 1st and 2nd defendants were joint or concurrent tortfeasors – classification of the defendants as joint or concurrent tortfeasors is ultimately not significant in this case – critical factor in determining whether settlement with 1st defendant bars continuation of the claim against the 2nd defendant is the nature and intendment of the settlement – no evidence to substantiate that settlement was in partial not full satisfaction of claim – basic rule/principle, that settlement extinguishes claim against other tortfeasor, which prevents the injustice of double recovery, is not disp

Adjudah, Silvera v The Attorney General of Jamaica

Claim arising from alleged procedural errors/unlawful actions in a prior claim – Proper forum to raise those issues is the Court of Appeal in appeal against outcome in prior claim – No separate cause of action arising – Constitutional claim inappropriate – Statement of case discloses no reasonable grounds for bringing the claim – Abuse of the process of the court

Cunningham-Darling, Evelet v Samuels, Hillary and the Registrar of Titles

Necessary status before court to obtain a remedy – Different ways to establish a good root of title – Documentary evidence and evidence of “adverse” possession are two methods – A licensee does not have an interest in land – Operation of the Limitation of Actions Act where adverse possession relied upon to ground title – Both factual open undisturbed possession by the dispossessor for the limitation period and the intention of the dispossessor to possess the property are important in determining if the dispossessor acquires title by adverse possession – Factors to be considered to determine

Chen, Tyrone v Constance Cecile Alberga (Executrix of the Estate of Roderick Ivanhoe Francis, deceased) and Constance Cecile Alberga

Application to strike out statement of case – Limitation of Actions Act (LAA) – Simple contract – applicable limitation period – six years – ss. 3 and 46 LAA – no reasonable ground for bringing the claim – abuse of court’s process – No proof of oral agreement/ agreement in writing qualifying as a contract under seal, deed, specialty or obligatory writing for which the limitation period under s. 52 of the LAA is twenty years – Equitable jurisdiction of the court cannot override statute

Cole, Pauline v Insurance Company of the West Indies

Admissibility of statement of unavailable witness – Proof of conditions precedent
to reception in evidence – Procedure to determine admissibility at trial –
Statement must be relevant and its prejudicial effect should not outweigh its
probative value – Contract of insurance is a contract uberrima fides – Assured
has obligation to be truthful and make full disclosure of material facts – Insurer
seeking to avoid contract has a duty to establish that material facts were
misrepresented/undisclosed and that it was induced by the misrepresentation/

Branch Development Ltd. TA Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel v The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited

Applicability of Account Agreements – Generally, later contracts rescind or vary previous contracts in relation to the same subject matter – Most recent Agreement applicable – No basis to have recourse to the common law – Implied Plea of non est factum – No duty to explain effect of Agreements – Fraudulent cheques containing forged signatures – Account debited based on the payments on fraudulent cheques – Alleged breach of contract – Express provisions covering customer’s duties – Effect of forgery clause – Forgery clause neither unreasonable nor ambiguous – Scope of verification/conclusive

Administrator General of Jamaica (on behalf of the Estate and Near Relations Stephen Lloyd Spencer, deceased) v Cool Petroleum Ltd et al

Application to set aside default judgment – Rule 13 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) – Whether application for relief from sanctions under rule 26 of the CPR is required – Requirements to set aside default judgment – Real prospect of success in defending claim is foremost consideration – Applicant must have an affidavit of merit – Waiver of affidavit of merit possible only in exceptional circumstances – Applicant must have acted promptly and have a good explanation for failure to comply – Court still has discretion to set aside judgment where application not prompt and there is no good ex

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