AG pleased 'early date' given for hearing of Property Tax appeal

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi has said that he is pleased that an early date has been set for the appeal in the matter involving the filing of forms for the implementationn of Property Tax.

The AG issued a statement on the matter on Monday.

"The Court of Appeal consisting of Jamadar JA, Smith JA and Jones JA this morning gave directions for the hearing of the Appeal against the order made on Friday evening by Seepersad J at the San Fernando High Court.

Following upon an undertaking given to the administrative staff of the Judiciary over the weekend, the Attorney General filed this morning into Court a Notice of Appeal, a Record of Appeal as well as skeletal arguments.

Counsel for the Attorney General advised the Court of Appeal that contrary to the requirements of the Rules of the Supreme Court, it had no notice of the hearing before Seepersad J.

The order made was unclear, vague and ambiguous and had no foundation in law.

In the circumstances, an application was made for an early hearing.

The Court of Appeal expressly indicated that the matter was transferred from the West Division to the East Division so as to accommodate the Directions Hearing this morning.

The Court in the circumstances gave directions to the claimant’s attorneys to file arguments and for counsel for the Attorney General to respond on or before 31st May, 2017.

The matter is listed for hearing on 6th June, 2017 and to continue if necessary on 7th June, 2017.  

The Attorney General is pleased that an early date has been given for the hearing of this matter and its lawyers remain confident that for the reasons given above, the constitutional basis for the Property Tax legislation is sound in law and will stand up to judicial scrutiny."