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Supreme Court reserves judgment in JPS vs Hope Pastures residents case

Jamaica Gleaner / Supreme Court judge Justice Bryan Sykes yesterday reserved judgment in the suit brought by 94 residents of Hope Pastures, St Andrew who are seeking to get a court order to prevent the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) from installing and supplying overhead electricity in their community.

The residents claim that they are entitled to electricity exclusively by underground means.

They contended that any attempt by JPS to connect them to overhead electricity is a breach of the law.

It is their contention that the underground system was first installed in 1961 and therefore JPS cannot change the system because it is the law that electricity must be supplied by the underground system.

In its defence, JPS, which is represented by Queen’s Counsel Patrick Foster, is contending that the system is old and cannot be properly maintained.

JPS claims that for the system to be properly maintained it must be replaced by the overhead system.

Lord Anthony Gifford, Q.C. and Emily Shields instructed by the law firm Gifford Thompson and Shields are representing the residents.

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