Sea Eagles vs CIRLA case frozen

Thursday April 13, 2017 Written by Published in League

The case the Cook Islands Rugby League Association and Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles has been put on hold until a full judicial review is held in the High Court.


An application for a judicial review is expected to be filed today into the case on behalf of applicants the Sea Eagles by the league club’s legal counsel Norman George.

George said a submission was made by CIRLA counsel Wilkie Rasmussen for matters to be suspended until the full hearing is held for the judicial review.

“They volunteered to leave everything on hold.”

He said this effectively puts a stop to any more points deductions against the Sea Eagles – “there’s to be no more punishment against the club, it’s frozen and sits like that until the judicial review”.

Once the application for a judicial review is filed by George, CIRLA will have one week to respond.

The case involves a controversial Avatiu Eels employment contract and the decision of the league judiciary to strip the Sea Eagles, who were leading the first round competition at the time, of accumulated points

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