Speaker of the House Julian Willock has asked the High Court to discontinue his case against member-elect of the Fourth District Mark Vanterpool.
According to a court document seen by our news centre, the written request was dated Monday, June 17.
This date falls within 24 hours of Premier Andrew Fahie’s public statement that he has asked the Speaker to swear Vanterpool into the House of Assembly.
When BVI News contacted the Speaker on Thursday morning, he declined to comment.
While Willock remains mum, his letter might be an indication that he plans to swear in Vanterpool.
History of the case
Vanterpool had submitted a resignation letter addressed to the Clerk of the House shortly after being re-elected into office. He changed his mind days after learning that his letter had to be addressed to the Speaker of the House in order for the resignation to be valid.
Willock, however, said he ‘accepted’ Vanterpool’s resignation and refused to swear in the member-elect. Vanterpool later took the matter to court who ruled in his favour. However, Willock filed an appeal to overturn the ruling. That appeal was still before the court when the Premier asked him to swear in Vanterpool.