Shantytown case hearing adjourned
A hearing for an application for discovery in the Supreme Court filed by attorneys representing 177 shantytown residents on New Providence was yesterday adjourned until May 3 at the request of the government’s lawyers.
Last year, the government gave residents of most shantytowns on New Providence until August 10 to leave before it would have moved to begin demolition in the communities.
On August 4, the Supreme Court issued an injunction preventing the demolition of the shantytowns on New Providence.
The injunction was granted a day after Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson granted leave for a judicial review of the government’s actions regarding shantytowns.
There has been little movement on the matter in recent months, with the government having indicated in February that it had not yet filed its defense.
The applicants, in this latest filing, are seeking policy documents, Shantytown Action Task Force core and operational documents, Crown title documents, communication documents, decision-making documents and the building assessment report.