At 93, will Jamaican Judge, church evict her from 40 year home?

QUESTION: Dear Legal Wiz,
I have a neighbour here in Saint Ann facing Jamaican Judge soon. I am asking you to do some research into her situation for me. She and three other persons were squatting on church land for over 40 years. Nobody ever troubled her until now.
Neither she nor the other tenants ever paid taxes.
The church brought her to Court after they gave her notice for the land. She told me she told the Judge that she has nowhere to go, no family and no job. She said the Judge told her to come back on a given date next month. The other squatters teamed up and got a lawyer and left her out.
This woman eats mostly crackers and stale food. The board house she lives in was built by a family member who is now dead. Will the Judge really make the church throw her off?
Vinette Simpson

RESPONSE: Dear Vinette Simpson,
Its certainly best if the woman could get a lawyer to go with her on her return. Based on the information you submitted, its very likely the Judge will grant the order for the Church to get their land. I hope you find someone who can assist probono.
Legal Wiz


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