Case details

Jacpot Ltd (Appellant) v Gambling Regulatory Authority (Respondent) (Mauritius)

Case ID: JCPC 2017/0032

Jurisdiction: The Supreme Court of Mauritius

Case summary

Issue(s)
  1. Whether the Appellant should be granted leave to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as of right, under s. 81(1)( b) of the Constitution of Mauritius; or by special leave of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council under s. 81(5).
  2. Whether, and in what circumstances, the Respondent is entitled to revoke an applicant’s gaming licence under ss. 99(1)(m) and 99(1)(k) of the Gambling Regulatory Authority Act 2007; and whether the Respondent is bound by the opinion of the Commissioner of Police when considering whether to revoke a licence under s. 99(1)(k).
Facts

The Appellant is the owner of a casino in Mauritius called the Royal Gaming House which it has been operating, since approximately 2005, under a licence issued by the Respondent. The Respondent is a statutory regulated body tasked with the regulation and control of gambling.

In 2011 the Respondent wrote twice to the Appellant requesting that they submit a copy of their audited accounts, which the Appellant was late in providing. The Appellant responded in July 2011 to apologise, and to say that the accounts would be provided shortly. Nonetheless, on 25 October 2011 the Respondent informed the Appellant that their licence had been suspended as a result of (i) the non-submission of accounts and (ii) the fact that their premises had become unsuitable for the purpose for which they were licenced.

Parties

Appellant(s)

Jacpot Limited

Respondent(s)

Gambling Regulatory Authority

Appeal

Justices

Lord Sumption, Lord Hughes, Lord Hodge, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Briggs

Hearing start date

14 May 2018

Hearing finish date

14 May 2018

Watch hearing
14 May 2018 Morning session