Edmond Castro misconduct case struck out

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Edmond Castro (Area Rep., Belize Rural North)

Edmond Castro
(Area Rep., Belize Rural North)

Monday, May 19, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin this morning struck out the matter of Trevor Vernon vs. Minister of State for Transport Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro.

Vernon was trying to call his area representative to account for what he believes are violations of the Code of Conduct in the Constitution.

Despite the objections of his attorney, Philip Palacio, to the “technical” objections brought by the other side, the Chief Justice agreed that the case was not properly brought under the Civil Procedure Rules of the Court and lacked a reasonable chance of succeeding.

Phillip Palacio (Attorney for Trevor Vernon)

Phillip Palacio
(Attorney for Trevor Vernon)

Palacio conceded his disappointment but said that the matter remains largely unaddressed and it will be up to his client to decide whether to continue pursuing the matter in court or by other means.

According to the Chief Justice, potential breaches of the Code of Conduct lack any punishment to be found elsewhere in the Constitution, and cannot be pursued under public law reliefs described in the Civil Procedure Rules.

A relieved Castro, represented by Senior Counsel Denys Barrow and Naima Barrow, had little to say to reporters afterward.

Costs in this case of $5,000 must be paid by the defendants before any other claim can proceed.

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