Barbados PM vows to leave CCJ if re-elected


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Freundel Stuart

(CMC) — Citing disrespect from the Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart says if his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is re-elected in the upcoming general election, his administration will leave the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.

Stuart, who was speaking late Saturday at a political meeting in the parish of St Michael said he also had a problem with the limited number of cases brought before the regional court .

“That court has heard two cases for the year – one from Barbados and one from Guyana,” said the Prime Minister who added that Barbados will not return to the London based Privy Council.

“…We are not going backward , life goes not backward or tarries with yesterday. But once the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is re-elected to office, I am determined to put Barbados on the same level as every other CARICOM (Caribbean Community) country by delinking from the Caribbean Court of Justice in its appellate jurisdiction. We went in first and we can come out first.”

Stuart told supporters that he was not commenting on the decisions of the CCJ, noting that as an attorney, he respects the decisions made by the regional court.

To date, the only countries that have signed onto the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction are Barbados, Guyana, Dominica and Belize.

In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ hears appeals from the lower courts in both civil and criminal matters, while in its original jurisdiction, the court interprets the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas for countries, businesses and citizens of CARICOM.

Barbadians will go to the polls in a general election on Thursday to elect a new government with the contest expected to be between the ruling DLP and the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) headed by Mia Mottley, who is seeking to become the first woman head of government in the country.

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  1. Everyone wants all of the benefits of Caribbean unity with none of the drawbacks. The islands are twelve little dictatorships, how are you going to get twelve dictators to give up sovereignty to one leader? Just leave black people to languish.

    • I agree with you, however CCJ is not something that i have given approval. I can even futher agree to have one administration for the entire region but we must have a check and balance for our own politicians and it must come form an uninterested party. In these dictatorships the government controls everything, so why wouldn't they control the Courts? This report epitomizes that very same culture of wanting to control Courts, note also, that he does not want to go back to CCJ either.

      • The courts are suppose to operate separately from the incumbent administration and separately from the legislative branch. The three of them are suppose to keep each other in check.

        Of course if people turn a blind eye to things not working the way they should then this system falls apart.


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