The hearing to determine whether Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused should again stand trial for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams is underway in the Court of Appeal in downtown Kingston.

The hearing is being held in a packed courtroom one. An overflow court is being used to accommodate the crowd.

The matter is being heard by Justices Marva McDonald Bishop, Paulette Williams and David Fraser. The hearing is set to last for five days.

Justice McDonald Bishop began by cautioning media against reporting in such a way that may inflame public passion in this matter.

She says the court will not hesitate to bring contempt proceedings against entities who may report in such a way as to be prejudicial to the rights of the accused.

Kartel and Andre St. John are being represented by Isat Buchanan. Bert Samuels is appearing for Shawn Campbell.John Clarke is representing represent Kahira Jones in the matter.

The morning session of the hearing was dominated by objections from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to aspects of affidavits filed by the accused men and their relatives.

Acting DPP Claudette Thompson rose on a point of preliminary objection. She’s asked the court to prevent Vybz Kartel’s legal team from raising any new grounds of appeal which had not been made in the case before.

She objected to aspects of an affidavit filed for Shawn Campbell in which he alleges the negative publicity around the matter is affecting his daughter.

Acting DPP Thompson says the information alleged in the affidavit is hearsay. Ms Thompson is also objecting to Campbell’s argument that he has been trying to find alibi witnesses.