Aside from the issues surrounding the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) importers, Attorney Audrey Matura was the talk of the town yesterday after she received a strongly worded letter from the Court of Appeal. Matura explained to Love News that last Tuesday, she filed an application for an expedited hearing at the Court of Appeal after the interim injunction was denied by Acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana. By Wednesday night, she received the decision of the Court of Appeal via email. On April 30, Matura requested the decision in writing by May 4. She explained that they needed it in writing in order to move forward with appealing the decision. The court’s response, however, scolded Matura, referring to her request as ‘out of order’.
Audrey Matura, Attorney: “Thursday I wrote a letter to the court saying “Well you know thank you but we would like your written decision.” Our clients, as is required in law, I have to give them a decision and it needs to be in writing. I mean that’s the professionalism of the court we put everything in writing and so I basically asked for that. Clearly I got back an unexpected response from the president and as a result of that I wrote back and basically said “Well you know I really need the decision.” and so before I could have sent, apparently I got two letters yesterday from the court before I could get it and send it to my clients it was on the news last night. Basically it’s embarrassing in the sense that someone leaked it; that’s a correspondence between attorneys and the court. To me as a legal professional we don’t want everybody out there to know that many times the court doesn’t give you a decision immediately because the rule is justice delayed is justice denied and some people are gloating over the very thirst language of the letter and I don’t take issue with that. As a legal professional we know that the court holds the authority over us and at the end of the day we still have to go back to the court so my position is simply it doesn’t matter what is written in the letter and how people want to read it. I always say what others say is a reflection of them that’s how the court reflects itself and that’s how they see they need to respond. My answer is very simple, thank you I still need the written decision for my clients. That’s all I need, a written decision from my clients because that decision is the basis that I used to then advise them as how to how best to proceed that is my job.”
The letter from the President stated that, quote, “The Hon President did not learn until the morning of Saturday 2 May 2020 of the fact that you had written the Registry on Thursday 30 April; The Hon President if quite taken aback by your request for a reasoned judgment by the date in question and in fact regards it as entirely out of order.” End quote. In her response, Matura stated that her appreciation of the law is the reason she sent her initial letter asking for a reason as to why the Court has dismissed her clients’ appeal. This led to a very blunt letter from the court which essentially reiterated that Matura’s request was out of order and stated, quote, “the Court does not expect to have to further repeat to you what it thinks of this remaining part of your request.” As Matura state in her interview, she stands by her request as it is the only way to give proper guidance to her clients.