November 20, 2019

Civil society role critical to advance CCJ, says former president

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By LK Hewlett From Caribbean News Now BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Former president of the Caribbean Court of Justice Sir Dennis Byron has weighed in on why two more Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have rejected the CCJ. Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada both held referenda on Tuesday to decide if their countries would move […]

Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada vote no to CCJ as final appellate court

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From Nationwide Radio JM Voters in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, yesterday voted to reject the option of making the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, their final appellate Court. The no-vote in the referendum means the islands are likely to retain the UK-based judicial committee of the Privy Council as their final appellate Court. Official […]

CCJ expected to rule on Guyana’s cross dressing law

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From Nation News GEORGETOWN – The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) says it us eagerly awaiting a ruling by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in a case challenging the constitutionality of a law that criminalises wearing attire of a different gender in public for an “improper purpose”. The SASOD said that the […]

CCJ president slams hold-outs

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BY GEORGE ALLEYNE From Caribbean Life A former Caribbean prime minister had in May declared his intention to withdraw his island from the region’s lone judicial organisation, Caribbean Court of Justice, now five months later the CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders described such thoughts as ‘a painful embarrassment.’ Saunders’ comment was not directed specifically at […]

CCJ president perplexed at C’bean people’s non-acceptance of regional court

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From Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders, says after 50 years of political independence, he remains perplexed that Caribbean people are still finding “excuses” in support of the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court. Justice Saunders, who will receive an honorary […]

CCJ orders release of convicted Belize murderer

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From Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Wednesday ordered the release of Japhet Bennett, who had been found guilty of a 2009 murder in Belize. Bennett had been convicted of murdering Ellis Meighan Sr in Belize City and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2013. During […]

Grenada: NDC calls for postponement of 6 November CCJ referendum

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By Linda Straker From Now Granada NDC will not support the referendum bill as it now stands Cites flaws and discrepancies in the current CCJ Bill TUC calls for removal of constitutional provision so CCJ can hear elections petition Joseph Andall, Acting Political Leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), wants government to […]

The CCJ not a priority for St Kitts-Nevis, says PM

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By Clive Bacchus WINN From Caribbean News Now BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St Kitts and Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has declared that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) not a priority for the Federation. Responding to a question about the administration’s position on leaving the London-based Privy Council and establishing the CCJ as […]

New anti-Caribbean Court of Justice group

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From Antigua Observer A month before the electorate will be asked to vote in a referendum to determine whether or not the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) should replace the Privy Council as the nation’s final court of appeal, a new group has been formed to streamline opposition to the process. The CCJ CAN WAIT […]

OECS Bar president urges member countries to embrace CCJ

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By LK Hewlett West Indies News Network From Caribbean News Now BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Thaddeus Antoine, president of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Bar Association, has lent the organization’s voice to the calls for member countries to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (the CCJ) as their final court of appeal. […]