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Dominica parliamentarians to debate Caribbean Court of Justice legislation

CCJROSEAU, Dominica, 15 March 2014 (CMC) – The Dominica government says it will table legislation at next week’s sitting of the Parliament allowing for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council.

Legal Affairs Minister Ian Douglas will pilot the bill seeking to amend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica to facilitate the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ as the final Court of Appeal in Dominica and to provide for related matters, when the Parliament meets on March 19. Continue reading

Jamaica to Begin Debate on Caribbean Court of Justice

CCJKINSGTON, Jamaica,  29 November 2013 (CARIB JOURNAL) – Jamaica’s Parliament will soon begin debate on the country’s potential accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice.

The House of Representatives will begin debating two bills: an act to amend the Judicature Act and an act to amend the Constitution of Jamaica, according to Minister Phillip Paulwell, who leads government business in the House. Continue reading

CCJ rules Barbados breached Jamaican right to enter country

Shanique Myrie

Shanique Myrie

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, 4 October 2013 (CMC) – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Friday ruled that Barbados had breached the right of a Jamaican national when she sought entry into the country in 2011, but stopped short of awarding the one million Barbados dollars in compensation she had sought.

“In all circumstances the Court made a declaration that Barbados had breached Miss Myrie’s right to enter Barbados. The court ordered Barbados to compensate Ms Myrie in pecuniary damages in the sum of BDS2, 240 (One Barbados dollar = US$0.50 cents) and non-pecuniary damages to the tune of BDS$75,000. Continue reading

Illegal Move – Former AGs and Rowley Criticise Plan to Abolish Criminal Appeals to Privy Council

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Unlawful, unworkable, impractical.

These were some of the terms used yesterday to describe the decision of the Government to withdraw on a phased basis from the Privy Council. Weighing-in on the issue were former attorneys general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and John Jeremie, former foreign affairs minister Paula Gopee-Scoon and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley. Continue reading

Patterson Gets Thumbs Up From St Lucia PM

Percival J. Patterson

Percival J. Patterson

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has lauded former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson for his staunch support of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

At the same time, Anthony has urged Caribbean Community nations to sign on to the CCJ as their final court of appeal.

“I believe, as he does, that it is anathema to any self-respecting people – particularly a people so valiantly throwing off the yoke of colonial domination – to place above our own judicial system an appellate court of higher authority than our own,” Anthony said. Continue reading