Alix Boyd-KnightsSix United Workers Party parliamentarians will now have to pay $40, 000.00 to the Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd Knights and others, for a case brought against her in 2008.Members of the united workers party UWP received the verdict today after they appealed a decision by the high court last year which ordered them to pay $204,000-a fee that has now been reduced.The verdict was rendered down by Justice Michael Gordon via tele-conference at the Roseau High court this morning.High Court Judge Davidson Baptiste had ruled that six UWP parliamentarians namely Earl Williams, Edison James, Claudius Sanford, Norris Charles, Nicholls Esprit and Ron Green with the fine, after they lost a court battle against Boyd Knights, the attorney general at the time and sergeant-at-arms of the House of Assembly.The court matter follows a decision by Boyd-Knights in 2007 to ban the six UWP parliamentarians from attending Parliament for three months after they protested her ruling to avoid a question by UWP Senator Nicholls Esprit on the Order Paper to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, at a January 2007 sitting of the House of Assembly.Attorney for the UWP parliamentarians Don Christopher says while he is thankful that the cost was reduced to $40, 000.00 but disappointed that his team did not win the appeal.“The appeal was on the 19th of April, 2010 today its exactly a year and six months but the thing I’m thankful about is that initially there were costs of $204, 000.00 and it was reduced to $40, 000.00. Well I am rather disappointed because we had Dr. Archibald representing us in the Court of Appeal and he argued so very well that the precedence on the Sabaroche had applied and it seems that the Court of Appeal paid no regard to the Sabaroche case. The only lesson I can say is that they invited the Sergeant of Arms to touch them and therefore they did nothing wrong so there is a lesson to be learnt from that,” he said.Meantime Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knights says justice has been served and she is pleased with the decision.“In a few years from now I guess I will refer to this month as vindication month in my life and I am very pleased of course with the decision of the Court of Appeal. I believe that justice has been well served and I’m really hoping that the Opposition members have learnt lessons from this experience. I certainly have learnt a very important lesson and it is this; that what I have been doing, I have been doing it within the law and I have been acting correctly and I will endeavor with every fiber of my being to continue acting correctly within the standing orders,” she said.Attorney Heather Felix Evans represented the respondent.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Share 36 Views 2 comments Tweet Share LocalNews Six UWP parliamentarians ordered to pay $40, 000.00 to Speaker of the House by: – October 19, 2011
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