An St. Lucian attorney has lent his voice to the debate as to whether St. Lucia should sever ties with the London-based Privy Council and make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final appellate court.
Evans Calderon, who participated in legal discussions which led to the country’s political independence from Britain over 34 years ago, said he is not in favour with the country parting ways with the Privy Council.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court ruled just recently that St Lucia would not need a referendum in order to join the CCJ but Calderon told local media that he believes one would be necessary.
The CCJ was established in 2001. It has an original and appellate jurisdiction. Only Belize, Guyana and Barbados have so far signed unto the appellate jurisdiction but many countries, including St Lucia, have endorsed the original jurisdiction.