Local attorney-at-law, James “Jimmy” Bristol is scheduled to appear before female high court judge, Justice Wynante Adrian-Roberts at 3.00 p.m this afternoon to hear an application that he filed on Friday seeking an injunction to block Thursday’s Constitutional referendum vote in Grenada.
Well-placed legal sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Bristol is likely to appear before the female judge at High Court #3, located on the Carenage in St. George’s, in the company of other attorneys.
Bristol has taken legal action against Supervisor of Elections, Alex Phillip, charging a total of 19 breaches in the Referendum Act in preparing for the holding of the poll.
A source who asked not to be named said that the Supervisor of Elections is still to file papers in the Supreme Court Registry in counter to the claim filed by Bristol and his law firm, Henry, Henry & Bristol.
He said it is an ex-parte injunction being sought by the lawyer and the female judge is not mandated to hear “the other side”.
There is nothing which says that she (the judge) has to hear from them (the Supervisor of Elections). She can give a ruling based on what is in front of her”, he added.
According to the source, Justice Roberts is not one known to give instant judgments in matters brought before her and would most likely give a ruling sometime before Thursday’s referendum vote.
THE NEW TODAY had received reliable information that a battery of lawyers met on Saturday and Sunday to prepare a response on behalf of the Supervisor of Elections to Bristol law suit.
The lawyers who met were Queen’s Counsel Dr. Francis Alexis, Attorney-General, Cajeton Hood, Solicitor-General, Dwight Horsford, along with Ruggles Ferguson and Dr. Lawrence Joseph.
Dr. Alexis and Ferguson are members of the Constitutional Reform Advisory Council (CRAC) that was leading the advocacy work to get Grenadians to vote in the referendum.
The action taken by Bristol was filed in the high court registry in the name of Valerie Thompson-Duncan, a retired Grenadian with Canadian citizenship who is currently residing in Hillsborough, Carriacou.
Among the breaches cited by Bristol was the failure of the local newspaper used for publication to lodge a copy of the issue with the referendum notices with the Registrar of the Supreme Court as mandated by law and the issue of the Grenada Advocate with the referendum matter was “not available to the public at the usual outlets”.
Sources told this newspaper that Bristol has vowed to take the matter all the way to the Privy Council in London since he is convinced that the Supervisor of Elections has breached the Referendum Act in preparing the process for the vote.
One of the seven bills on the ballot paper for Thursday’s vote is the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which is aimed at having this court replace the Privy Council as the final appellate court in the jurisdiction.
The Bristol case is being heard in Chambers and not in open court.