THE next preliminary hearing on the legal suit challenging the tax-free pay awarded to MPs is on September 11.
Parties to the civil case on Friday discussed preliminary issues in relation to disclosures and filing of documents.
The parties have completed the first orders imposed by the court on the last court date for documents to be served to parties and filed to the court before yesterday’s hearing.
Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer after the preliminary hearing made orders for further documents to be filed before next date.
The controversial award, which sparked public outrage, excluded MPs salaries from being taxed.
In response, a group of citizens, including West Makira MP and Parliamentary Wing Leader of the People First Party Derick Manu’ari, challenged the decision in court.
They’ve engaged private lawyer Andrew Radclyffe.
Other claimants are Waeta Ben Tabusasi, Ruth Liloqula, Tony Hughes, and Reverend Mark Graham.
PEC, the body responsible for MPs awards and entitlements, engaged Sol-Law to represent them in the case.
The Attorney General has been named as one of the defendants in the civil suit.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN