Published On: Sat, Dec 15th, 2012

Goede should have approached LAR-judge

WILLEMSTAD — The court ruled in a provisional judgment on Tuesday that the Court in First Instance was not authorized to give a judgment on the dismissal of former rector Miguel Goede at the University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA). Goede ’s appointment as senior lecturer and later also as rector was not a private law agreement, but a disposition. The same can be said about the dismissal. Therefore, Goede should have approached the LAR-judge instead of the civilian judge. The case will continue in court on January 8, 2013.

In a higher court, the UNA demanded that the previous judgment, in which was awarded damages of 400,000 guilders, be nullified or otherwise award the former rector a compensation of 90,000 guilders maximum. According to lawyer David Kock, representing the university, the labor relation of Goede and the UNA was not discussed in the Court of First Instance. “This was broached in the higher court. According to the court, there was no labor relation. Therefore, the civil law is not applicable.” The former rector was already paid part of the damages. The final judgment will disclose if Goede is to refund the amount.

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