The Supreme Court has denied Keod Smith’s application to appeal the payment of $263,500 in legal costs to Save The Bays (STB), stemming from a recusal application in which he accused a Supreme Court judge of bias.
The costs were awarded to STB in December 2014 when the judge ruled that Keod Smith was guilty of contempt for certain “scandalizing” affidavits he had filed, which were found to have undermined the integrity of the judicial system.
Smith applied for an appeal of the decision, but, the judge said: “After reviewing the proposed grounds of appeal the Court is not satisfied that the appeal of the Sixth Respondent (Keod Smith) has any prospect of success or that the proposed grounds of appeal raises any issue that would be considered by the Court of Appeal in the public interest or that the proposed grounds of appeal raises any issue where law requires clarifying.”
The court also refused Keod Smith’s application for a stay of the order, meaning he must now pay immediately. If he fails to do so, Save The Bays can apply to commit him to prison.
In separate rulings issued by Justice Rhonda Bain laid out her reasoning for why Smith’s applications were rejected and further set out the terms of the order for costs and Smith’s repeated failure to pay! Read Ruling No 11. and Ruling No. 14