Attorney not in favour of St. Lucia leaving Privy Council

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Attorney not in favour of St. Lucia leaving Privy Council

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.

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  1. I'll respond with points:
    -Have a read of the Judgment of the Court of Appeal. The legal answer as to why a referendum is not necessary is there.
    - The referendum will also be costly. That is a fact. Also refer to SVG and their last referendum to see how politicians play nice.
    - The UWP will oppose whatever position the SLP takes. Go ask someone in authority for the official position and they will confirm.
    - The people you speak of wouldn't understand what they will be voting on. So they will vote party lines.
    - You have faith in the people... an illusion that has probably not brought you much in life. If we had a referendum on making a every Friday a holiday... what do you think would happen.
    Your questions:
    1. No. See above.
    2. If a politician qualifies for the post of judge then yes they should be allowed. The selection of judges is through the Judicial and Legal Services Commission not the constituency group.
    Pick another cause to fight. How about the monopoly of supermarkets, the literacy rate in SLU, the miracle required to get a birth certificate changed.

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    • Harry, you're a condescending POS, Saint Lucians are not stupid so go fly a kite! And Vincentians were smart to kick Ralph in the nuts by voting against removing the Queen as Head of State, him, like Kenny, just wanted to be King. People like you are the reason we have dictators in this world.

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      • My opinion:

        Politicians are a reflection of society. The majority pick who they think can lead. Some vote others don't which is a vote in itself when you think about it.

        My faith in the citizens as a whole is not there. There is too much ignorance of the world and our so called leaders are to blame. Most people are like sheep being led.

        People like you are the sheep.

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  2. anonymous,your reasoning or 'lack there of'is very revealing .Earlier you asked for sound arguments,yet your argument against a referendum is that it is unneccessary.That answer by itself is not complete nor sensible.You must provide intelligent reasons for saying so.You also stated if a referendum is called politicians will not agree and use it for political milage.A very strange statement.Please note that the referendum is for the people to make a very important decision one way or the other.PS,awaiting an answer for question 2 I asked earlier.

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  3. I say let's move the country forward. Having a referendum would be unneccessary and costly. The Privy Council wants us out, we have a CCJ which we don't have to pay for and we need a final Court that the average man can actually access.
    People who advocate for the Privy Council don't appreciate that hardly any case gets there because it is out of the reach of all but a few. I am not talking about St Lucia only but all the islands.
    Behind closed doors all the politicians agree to the CCJ but if a referendum is called they will not agree and use the issue for political mileage.

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  4. Mr. anonymous,since you are yet to hear sound arguments,I would like you to answer two questions. 1 Do you think st.lucians should be given the opportunity through a referendum to decide if St.lucia should join the CCJ and if not please tell why . 2 Do you think former politicians should become judges whether at the local, sub - regional,or regional level?

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    • can a politician become a ccj judge???? ...... I hope not....... I hope there are measures in place to prevent such.

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      • Kenny will not be running for PM anymore, and he's a lawyer...so guess what, he's got a job for life waiting at the CCJ. It's all politics folks, it's all politics!

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        • This is only your assessment of Kenny's future! This notion of Kenny being on the CCJ has been refuted by many!

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    • The decision about referendum is optional because our constitution does not make allowances for that. So, what if I am a lawyer and a politician can I sit on the CCJ? I would like to think so but I believe their seat is not assured. because there will be a process of vetting and voting (i believe) which will include all members territories.

      So, it is possible (if he/she qualifies) but their inclusion is not assured.

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  5. SMH, probably many have not began to understand what it means to liberate yourselves from mental slavery.

    An island who still holds and worships the Queen of England and even mimic's the Queeom the form its head of state as the Governor General....what do you expect?

    We're a laughing stock.

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  6. We must not politicize something that is progress. The movement towards the CCJ is a step towards the creation of caribbean jurisprudence. The Privy Council so many of us claim to desire would prefer us to to stop coming in addition to it being beyond the financial reach of the majority.

    Let the opponents of the CCJ state their reasons and you will see that their arguments are baseless and speculative.

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  7. Evans Calderon is not alone, most Saint Lucians are not in favor of Saint Lucia leaving the Privy Council. We do not trust politicians, period. At least someone is standing up for the weak! Bring a referendum...what is Kenny afraid of?
    http://www.antiguaobserver.com/st-lucia-court-veteran-lawyer-against-joining-ccj/

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  8. What makes his opinion important? As a young for person who is for Caribbean integration I'm yet to hear sound arguments (not speculation)against joining the ccj.

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