This week the Court of Appeal began hearing cases for its first session of 2013. In this week seven criminal appeals, many holdovers from the last term in October will be heard. They include convicted murderers Nelson Gibson, Darrell Grant, Clarence Hemmans, Glenford Bermudez and the duo of Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau, as well as Marlon Harris on extortion and Richard Mattis on acquittal for uttering a false document. On the civil side, appeals will be heard for Christine Perriott against the old and new incarnations of BTL and Glenn Tillett against the Social Security Board on its investment of shares in Telemedia in 2011. An outstanding judgment that could be handed down this session is the decision on the second nationalization of BTL and that of BEL in 2011, heard in October.
New to the court in this term is Justice Minnet Hafiz-Bertram, its first female judge, who follows Samuel Awich to the appeals bench. They join President Manuel Sosa, and Justice Douglas Mendes and Dennis Morrison.