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Shantytown case adjourned again

A court hearing seeking to stop the eviction of 177 shantytown dwellers has been adjourned.

On Thursday, Loren Klein, consultant in the Office of the Attorney General, argued that an application for discovery made on behalf of Respect our Homes, represented by Fred Smith, QC, was improperly filed.

Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson has adjourned the matter to September 12.

The shantytown residents got a court injunction days before their homes were set to be demolished.

The applicants have filed an application for judicial review.

But they say that they need policy documents, Shantytown Action Task Force (SATF) core and operational documents, crown title documents, communication documents, decision-making documents and the building assessment report in order to move forward.

“In this case the applicants are completely in the dark as to how the policy was formulated and thus by what law the government seeks to justify its actions,” the applicants said in a motion for discovery.

“The applicants therefore ask for disclosure of all documents relating to the policy, including notes, memoranda, meeting minutes, discussion papers, press releases, correspondences, consultations or other documents that relate to or evidence the formulation of the policy and its execution.”

The respondents in the matter include Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, who has responsibility for lands; Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, who chairs the SATF; Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister; Attorney General Carl Bethel; Bahamas Power and Light; and the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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