Representative-elect Mark Vanterpool and House of Assembly Speaker Julian Willock have each recruited a team of prominent attorneys to champion their respective arguments as it relates to whether Vanterpool should be sworn in as Fourth District Representative.
Vanterpool, who contends that he ought to be sworn in, has hired popular defence attorney Patrick Thompson to represent him. Team Vanterpool also comprises Queen’s Counsel Edward Fitzgerald of the UK.
Willock, in the meantime, has retained the services of Veritas Law, a firm owned by Valston Graham — the Director of Public Prosecutions in St Kitts. Anand Ramlogan and Jared Jagroo are the attorneys of that firm representing Willock. That team’s prerogative is to convince Justice Vicki-Ann Ellis why Vanterpool should not be sworn in.
The matter goes up for judicial review today (April 12) at the building that houses the High Court and House of Assembly in Road Town.
Former Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, as well as Opposition Leader Marlon Penn, were spotted outside of court this morning.
BVI News will continue to provide coverage of the proceedings.
Previously Published Article
The judicial review into whether Mark Vanterpool should be sworn in as Fourth District Representative is slated to kick off in the High Court today, April 12.
The case is scheduled to take place at the very place he is fighting to earn a seat in – the House of Assembly
The proceedings are expected to begin at 9 am before Justice Viki Ann Ellis.
The matter in question was scheduled for review at the request of Vanterpool after his attorneys filed for an urgent hearing before the court.
The hearing date was set for April 10. However, it was pushed to today.
Reason behind the review
The matter stemmed from Vanterpool’s decision to resign from politics days after being elected as Fourth District Representative.
His letter was submitted on March 5 to the Clerk of the House of Assembly. However, the letter which was supposed to be addressed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly was considered ‘constitutionally invalid’ by the Governor Augustus Jaspert.
Since then, Vanterpool had a change of heart about resigning and now wants to be sworn-in. Speaker of the House Julian Willock, however, contends that he has already accepted the resignation and therefore refuses to swear in the flip-flopping Vanterpool.
BVI News will provide coverage of the proceedings.
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