Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is welcoming today's ruling in the Appeal Court on property tax.
Persad-Bissessar says the ruling is consistent with what the Opposition has been saying all along.
The following is a statement she issued today:
"We welcome the Orders made by the Court of Appeal directing the Commissioner of Valuations to clarify that the demand by the Government for citizens to submit the Valuation Return Form (“VRF”) and supporting documents is purely voluntary.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has lashed out against members of the Opposition he believes are using the court to "further their political gains" and has vowed that the government will fight every such legal battle all the way to the Privy Council.
Dr Rowley was speaking at today's post-Cabinet media conference, soon after the Appeal Court delivered a judgement allowing the State to resume collection of property tax valuation forms.
It was the second judgement by the Appeal Court in two days, favouring the State.
Government has been given the green light to resume its collection and processing of valuation return forms required for the calculation of property tax.
In an oral ruling at the Hall of Justice this morning, Appellate Judges Peter Jamadar, Gregory Smith and Judith Jones dismissed injunctions granted by Justice Frank Seepersad on the eve of the original deadline for submission of the forms last month.
President Anthony Carmona is now free to swear in two new High Court Judges after the Court of Appeal struck out an injunction blocking the appointments originally scheduled for yesterday.
Delivering a unanimous oral decision at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Appellate Judges Allan Mendonca, Nolan Bereaux and Peter Rajkumar dismissed the injunction which was granted by High Court Judge Frank Seepersad to attorneys representing former agriculture minister Devant Maharaj, following a late night court sitting almost 12 hours earlier.
An Appeal Court panel headed by Chief Justice Ivor Archie and including Appeal Justices Allan Mendonca and Peter Jamadar, unanimously ruled today against the US Government in its appeal in the Judicial Review matter associated with the extradition case against Jack Warner.
A written judgment was penned by Justice Mendonca, to which CJ Archie and Justice Jamadar expressed agreement.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described the decision of the Appeal Court to dismiss the election appeal. as "a victory for democracy".
Three appeal judges upheld the High Court's decision that saw the election results remain the same.
She says the UNC respects the ruling of the court.
The following is Persad-Bissessar's statement.
The Court of Appeal has dismissed the United National Congress (UNC) election petitions.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie, sitting with Appellate Judges Allan Mendonca and Peter Jamadar, gave the decision just after 3 pm.
The court completed hearing submissions in the case shortly after 1 pm today following which the judges stood down for two hours.
Explaining the reason for the speedy outcome in the case, Archie said that the Constitution requires that election petitions be dealt with expeditiously.
The Court of Appeal has begun hearing of the arguments in the appeal of the United National Congress to challenge the legality of the 2015 general election.
The Appeal Court panel comprises Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justices of Appeal Mendonca and Jamadar.
The matter is being described as one of great public and constitutional importance as it will determine whether the election held on September 7th, 2015 was an election in accordance with the law and the constitution.