Court ruling on NIDS to be live-streamed

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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THE Constitutional Court will deliver its ruling in the challenge to sections of the National Identification and Registration Act, 2017 at 9:30 am tomorrow, and it will be live-streamed.

A release from the Court Management Services yesterday said that the judiciary of Jamaica is cognizant of the high level of interest in the matter, both locally and overseas, so the audio of the proceedings will be streamed live from the websites: www.supremecourt.gov.jm, www.cms.gov.jm and www.parishcourt.gov.jm.

The claimant, People's National Party General Secretary Julian Robinson, requested several declarations from the court on the basis that certain provisions of the National Identification and Registration Act abrogates, abridges and infringes particular rights outlined in the Constitution of Jamaica, the release said.

The attorney general of Jamaica is named as the defendant in the case.

The Full Court panel, comprising Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton heard submissions from the parties from October 22-24 last year.

The National Identification System (NIDS) project, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government, seeks to establish a national database for all Jamaicans. It is expected to be a secure and reliable way to verify an individuals identity. NIDS will provide each citizen with a unique national identification number, which the user will keep for life.


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