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LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING MOOT COURT 2019 RESPONDENTS MEMORIAL GROUP SUPERVISOR: NKATHA KABIRA
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REPUBLIC OF SAINT PEDRO HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE IN THE ESTATE OF EDDARD STARK (DECEASED) BRIAN SNOW RICKON SNOW MINORS SUING THROUGH THEIR MOTHER AND NEXT FRIEND ………. APPLICANTS VERSES MMM………………………………………………………………………………..RESPONDENTS 1
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Table of Contents LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS .................................................................................................. 3 LIST OF STATUTES ............................................................................................................... 3 CASE LAWS ............................................................................................................................. 3 OTHER BOOKS ...................................................................................................................... 3 JURISDICTION ....................................................................................................................... 4 Statement of jurisdiction .................................................................................................................... 4 Locus Standi ...................................................................................................................................... 5 STATEMENT OF RELEVANT FACS ................................................................................... 5 ISSUES FOR DETERMINATION ......................................................................................... 5 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENTS .............................................................................................. 6 Issue 1 ................................................................................................................................................ 6 Issue 2 ................................................................................................................................................ 6 ARGUMENTS ADVANCED ................................................................................................... 6 ISSUE 1 ............................................................................................................................................. 6 ISSUE 2 ............................................................................................................................................. 8 2.1 Sharia Law of Inheritance ........................................................................................................ 8 2.2 Testate Succession (A Will) ................................................................................................... 10 CASE ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................... 11 PRAYERS OF RELIEF ......................................................................................................... 13 2
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LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS HC High Court LSA Law of Succession Act CSP Constitution of Saint Pedro SL Sharia Law LIST OF STATUTES The constitution 2010 Law of succession Act Cap 160 CASE LAWS. In the matter of the Estate of Ishmael Juma Chelanga-Deseaced (2002)Eklr Rahmat- Ullah v Masqood Ahmad OTHER BOOKS The Quran 3
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JURISDICTION Statement of jurisdiction The HC of Saint Pedro has the appellate jurisdiction in the matter under; Article 165 (3) (b) of the constitution 1 of Saint Pedro which reads as follows; Subject to clause (5), the HC shall have jurisdiction to determine the question whether a right or fundamental freedom in the bill of rights has been is denied, violated, infringed or threatened. Article 165 (3) (d) of the constitution 2 of Saint Pedro which states that; Subject to clause (5), the high court shall have jurisdiction to hear any question respecting the interpretation of this constitution including the determination of; i. The question whether any law is inconsistent with or in contravention of this constitution ii. The question whether anything said to be done under the authority of this constitution or of any law is inconsistent with or in contravention of this constitution Therefore just like in the matter of the Estate of Ishmael Juma Chelanga-Deseaced (2002)Eklr, the case at hand requires the court to determine whether Sharia Law which exclude non-Muslim women and “illegitimate” children from inheriting their husbands’ and fathers’ estate was discriminatory and a violation of the best interest of children and right to property, and whether the validity of the constitution was subject to any challenge by Sharia Law. 1 The Constitution of Kenya,2010 2 Ibid. 4
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Locus Standi The respondents-MMM have the locus standi required to respond to the claims made in this case, under: Article 3(1) of the CSP 3 : Every person has an obligation to respect, uphold, and defend the constitution. Article 24(30) of the CSP; The state or a person seeking to justify a particular limitation shall demonstrate to the court, tribunal or other authority that the requirements of this Article have been satisfied.
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