Parliament ‘lockdown’ focus of court hearing

Wednesday November 23, 2016 Written by Published in Politics
Members of the opposition coalition pictured after filing their application seeking declaratory judgement at the High Court in September. 16112218 Members of the opposition coalition pictured after filing their application seeking declaratory judgement at the High Court in September. 16112218

The much-anticipated court hearing on a matter involving the opposition coalition against members of the Cook Islands government will take place on December 5-6 before a full High Court.

 

The Cook Islands High Court has confirmed the date, adding that the matter will be presided over by Chief Justice Hugh Williams, accompanied by Justice Christine Grice and Justice Patrick Keane.

The opposition coalition boycotted parliament on September 12 to file an application seeking declaratory judgment in relation to events that had taken place on June 20 and 21.

They were seeking declaratory judgment on the validity of their vote of no confidence in Cabinet, taken out on June 20, and on the “unlawful” lockdown of Parliament on June 21.

The opposition is also seeking a declaration for Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters to uphold their vote of no confidence in the government and call for new general elections.

Defendants in the matter include the Clerk of Parliament John Tangi, Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters and Speaker of Parliament Nikki Rattle.

The applicants were required to file their statement of claim by September 25 and the respondents by October 10.

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