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Jamaica Agricultural Society board member threatens contempt of court proceedings over injunction barring AGM | News

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Robertson, a board member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), is threatening to bring contempt of court proceedings against anyone who violates a Supreme Court order holding an annual general meeting of the society.

Lawyer Hugh Wildman, representing Robertson, said today that Lawrence has reported to him that steps are now being taken to convene a meeting today.

On May 14, the Supreme Court extended an interim injunction preventing the board of JAS from holding an annual general meeting until the final determination of the claim brought against it by Robertson.

A letter dated June 26 was sent by Wildman to Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining Minister Floyd Green to remind him of the court order.

“This letter serves to remind you that the Court’s injunction should be respected by all parties, including you, the Minister of Agriculture. It is imperative that you comply with the terms of the injunction, failing which our instructions are to proceed to the Supreme Court for contempt against court against anyone who convenes such a meeting, assists in the convening of such a meeting.
We hope that common sense prevails and that you comply with the court’s order,” the letter said.

Green sent a letter dated July 8 to two executive members of JAS.

The letter stated that reference was made to the memorandum dated June 24, 2024 from Lenworth Fulton, JAS President, to members of the JAS Board of Directors and staff regarding the lawsuit Robertson had filed against the Board.

“Note that I have not deviated from the Ministry’s position clearly expressed in my letter dated June 3, 2024, issued to all members of the JAS Board, copy of which is attached. In view of this, I urge both of you to desist from your efforts and/ or attempt to obstruct the general meeting which, by law, will be held in July 2024.”

The letter was copied to all members of the JAS board.

In the motion filed last year, Mr. Robertson is asking for the AGM to be declared void without production of audited financial statements for the association together with the funds held on behalf of the ward departments that have not been paid to JAS.

Last July, Robertson obtained a court order preventing JAS from convening its annual general meeting to elect a president.

– Barbara Gayle

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