High Court judge, Justice Esco Henry, on Tuesday, recused herself from the election petitions trial.
Maia Eustace, instructing solicitor for the petitioners, confirmed this to iWitness News.
Eustace, however, said that the legal team for the petitioners was in a meeting and she would provide details later.
The decision by Justice Henry comes mere days after she granted an application, last Friday, by Carlos James, a member of the respondents’ legal team, to postpone until next February the hearing of oral testimonies, originally scheduled for this week.
James made the application alleging that Grahame Bollers, senior counsel for two of the respondents, is unwell and his doctors have ordered him to rest.
Benjamin “Ben” Exeter and Lauron “Sharer” Baptiste, of the main opposition New Democratic Party, are challenging the announced victories in Central Leeward and North Windward, of Sir Louis Straker and Montgomery Daniel, of the ruling Unity Labour Party.
The ULP won the general election by an 8-7 margin, giving it a fourth consecutive term in office.
In Friday’s ruling, Justice Henry noted that she is under orders by the Court of Appeal to hear the petitions as expeditiously as possible.
The petitions have been winding their way through the courts since December 2015.
The Court of Appeal reinstated them in March 2017 after ruling that the decision by Justice Brian Cottle showed apparent bias when he, in June 2016, dismissed the petitions as improperly before the court.