The next hearing in the legal challenges to the buggery laws in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is slated for November 13 as the parties continue to wade through pretrial issues. On that date, the court is slated to decide how many days should be set aside for the trial. On Wednesday, when the matter had its first hearing, the parties agreed that the cases, brought by two gay men, should be consolidated and heard together. High Court Judge Justice Esco Henry suggested three days be set aside for the hearing, but counsel Shirlan “Zita” Barnwell, who appeared on behalf of the claimants, suggested that four days to a week be set aside. Justice Henry ordered that disclosure and the filing of documents be completed by October 4.


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