Saturday, 14 December 2013
"More Gross Incompetence From The Jersey Judiciary"
The Pitmans' case has been delayed to next week due to a legal conflict of interest between the JEP lawyer and a Jurat.
Trevor and Shona Pitman were due to find out if their remise de biens application has been successful in the Royal Court.
Whether they win or lose, it is likely they will both lose their seats in the States.
It follows their failed attempt to sue the JEP and Broadlands Estate Agents for defamation.
The remise de biens is an ancient feature of Jersey law which allows people being chased by creditors to have their finances scrutinised by the court. Two Jurats were appointed to see if the couple have enough assets to cover their debts, thought to be considerable after the court action. The Jurats have had to determine if the sale of the Pitmans house would raise enough money to pay their creditors, who include the estate agency and the newspaper.
The court ordered the Pitmans to pay all legal costs after they lost the libel case last year. The Deputies claimed that they were defamed by a cartoon commissioned by Broadlands for an advertisement published in the JEP on Christmas Eve 2008.
If the remise is granted, the court will sell the Pitmans house to pay their creditors. If the application fails, the creditors will be in a position to declare the couple bankrupt. If that happens, the two States Members will automatically lose their seats.