CCJ, Port of Spain. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) earlier today granted the Government of Jamaica leave to intervene in the proceedings of Shanique Myrie v The Government of Barbados, and directed the Registrar of the CCJ to serve on Jamaica copies of all documents that had been served on the parties.
The State of Jamaica had applied to the CCJ for permission to intervene in the proceedings on 13 July 2012 arguing that it had a substantial interest of a legal nature in ensuring respect for the rights and benefits conferred upon Jamaican and other CARICOM nationals by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. Jamaica’s Application to intervene was heard by a three Judge panel presided over by the Right Honourable Sir Dennis Byron, President of the CCJ, and including the Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders and the Hon. Mr. Justice Jacob Wit.
The CCJ also directed its Registrar to distribute copies of the above-mentioned documentation to the Caribbean Community and other CARICOM Member States and granted the Community and Member States leave to notify the Court by 31 October 2012 whether they wish to advance arguments to the Court on the matter filed by Ms Myrie.
Ms Shanique Myrie, a national of Jamaica, had earlier alleged that she was wrongfully refused entry into and deported from Barbados in March 2012. She also alleged that in the process she suffered inhumane and discriminatory treatment at the hands of officials of the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados.
On 6 January 2012, Ms Myrie’s attorneys filed an application with the CCJ for special leave to initiate proceedings against the State of Barbados. The application was filed after Jamaica declined itself to initiate proceedings and agreed that Ms. Myrie could bring a claim in its stead, in accordance with Article XXIV of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice. On 18 April 2012, the CCJ granted Ms. Myrie leave, and her Originating Application commencing the action was filed on 17 May 2012. In her Application, Ms. Myrie called on the CCJ, among other things, to determine under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), the minimum standard of treatment applicable to CARICOM citizens moving within the CARICOM region.
The Court has scheduled a Case Management Conference for 6 December 2012.