St Peter MP Asot Michael’s Suspension Appeal Dismissed by Court of Appeal

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MP Asot Michael being removed from House on May 18, 2023

The Court of Appeal has ruled against St Peter MP Asot Michael, rejecting his appeal against Speaker Sir Gerald Watt KC’s decision to suspend him from Parliament for misconduct during a session.

The appeal was dismissed due to procedural flaws, with Williams J stating the court lacked jurisdiction over internal parliamentary issues.

This ruling establishes limits on judicial review of parliamentary decisions, highlighting the Speaker’s authority in managing parliamentary conduct.

Asot Michael’s attempts to challenge his suspension have hit a legal dead end, showcasing the judiciary’s restricted role in parliamentary affairs.

The decision sets a precedent for parliamentary autonomy, emphasizing the separation of powers and the limited scope for judicial intervention in parliamentary governance.

Speaker and Asot in Parliament

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