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High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armourer will begin hear-
ing the United National Congress (UNC) s petitions chal-
lenging the results of the September 7 general election
Attorneys representing the UNC, People s National Move-
ment (PNM) and the Election and Boundaries Commission
(EBC) were yesterday notified of the date of the hearing,
which is expected to go for a case management conference
to determine a timeline
for the case.
tion comes days
after the Court
of Appeal dis-
missed an appeal
from the PNM
and the EBC
Armourer s decision
to grant the party
preliminary leave to
pursue their petitions
in six marginal con-
oral judgment at the
Hall of Justice in
Monday, the three-
member panel was
split two to one, with
Chief Justice Ivor
Archie providing a
the UNC s
petitions should have been immediately dis-
In their petitions, the UNC is claiming
that the EBC acted illegally when it decid-
ed to extend the polls in Trinidad by
one hour due to heavy rainfall. The
party will now have to provide evidence through
witnesses to prove that its loss in the elections was materially
affected by the EBC s decision.
The constituencies being contested are La Horquetta/Tal-
paro, Toco/Sangre Grande, Tunapuna, St Joseph,
Moruga/Tableland and San Fernando West.
Besides the petitions, three individuals have filed private
lawsuits challenging the EBC s power to extend an election.
Social activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj has filed a judicial
review contending that the EBC went beyond its param-
eters, while Tobagonians Irwin Layne and Melissa Sylvan
have filed constitutional motions claiming that the EBC
was biased in extending the poll only in Trinidad, when
there were similar weather conditions in Tobago.
Dean-Armourer has also been assigned to preside
over both lawsuits but has adjourned them to early next
year, as they are likely to be affected by the outcome
of the UNC s petitions.
After a protracted legal battle, the husband of Crystal
Boodoo-Ramsoomair, who died while delivering her third
child almost four years ago, has settled her medical neg-
Lorne Ramsoomair agreed to the settlement yesterday
minutes before High Court Master Marissa Robertson was
due to give her ruling on the compensation to be paid by
the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA),
which operates the San Fernando General Hospital where
his wife died on March 4, 2011, after undergoing a caesarean
Details of the settlement were not read in open court
as it is the subject of a confidentiality agreement.
While SWRHA had accepted institutional liability for
her death shortly after Ramsoomair filed the case in 2012,
Ramsoomair was allowed to pursue a separate claim
against the three doctors who treated his wife
before her death.
As a result of the settlement, Ram-
soomair agreed to withdraw the case
against the SWRHA as well as against
Drs Mondira Seenath, Deepavali Rambal-
lack and Ashmeed Mohammed.
There was no mention of the settlement on Thursday,
when High Court Judge Frank Seepersad set trial dates for
the hearing of the case against the doctors in January next
year. The dates will now have to be vacated and witnesses
notified that they are no longer required to testify.
Ramsoomair had filed private criminal complaints against
the three doctors for manslaughter after they unsuccessfully
attempted to have themselves struck from the lawsuit after
the SWRHA accepted liability. Earlier this year, he wrote
to the authority asking for $3.5 million to withdraw
both the civil and criminal cases against the doctors.
Ramsoomair eventually discontinued the charges last
Ramsoomair was represented by Israel Khan, SC, Ravi
Rajcoomar and Allister Khan, while Alvin Fitzpatrick,
SC, and Jagdeo Singh represented the SWRHA and the
Lorne Ramsoomair leaves the San Fernando Magistrates'
Court, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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