St. Lucia to inform Britain on CCJ move

St. Lucia to inform Britain on CCJ move

St. Lucia will follow the position adopted by Dominica in its move to become a full member of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy has said.

Delivering the traditional throne speech at the start of a new parliamentary session on Tuesday, Dame Pearlette said the Kenny Anthony government would write the British government on the island’s move to join the CCJ, which was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.

“Let it never be said that we are an ungrateful nation. We shall always be grateful to the United Kingdom government for the years it has allowed us to use the Privy Council as our final Court Of Appeal,” she said.

Barbados, Belize and Guyana are the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that have joined both the appellate and original jurisdictions of the court that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration grouping.

Most of the other countries are signatories to the original jurisdiction.

The governor general said while St. Lucia had joined other CARICOM countries and signed the agreement establishing the CCJ in 2002, it did not proceed to abolish appeals in civil and criminal matters to the Privy Council.

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  1. In my opinion 1 pro that we dont have to pay so much between here and Trinidad as against here and Britain. The rest only CONS. For instance government manipulation of the system, cost of running our own court compare that with how we run our own courts. Get the picture. Or still do you want to imagine having a case against the government. You cannot even get a day in court 10 years after being arrested and that what they want to perpetuate and have control over. Imagine this other senario Kenny (A retired politician)becomes a judge then he has to sit on a case lets say involing Chastanet or vice versa could you predict the out come? There are even more problems i have not mentioned. Have we ever had difficulties with the judgements of the Privy Council?

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    • WAM THERE - RESPECT TO YOU, SIR

      I'm in the UK - for what it's worth you can can be judged by whoever you like. whatever the faults with the UK, we get access to justice quickly and speedily. You WILL be subject to the whims of failed politicians like Kenny. Good luck trying to expose corruption against the political class.

      the UK has a hundreds of years of jurisprudence and case law. CCJ will be populated by failed politicians. Wait and see.

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  2. Three judges sat on the case. Two were for and one against. There were no people participation. Do you think this is democratic and fair...?

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  3. Kenny has screwed this country over and over again (like going over the GG's head and selling our seabed etc.), and he should be charged with treason. But Karma has a funny way of balancing things out. Just wait and see!

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  4. Quick name the first country to sign on to the CCJ? Then name the followers.

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  5. Why do you think Kenny will relocate to Trinidad? I can tell you that it is not only to dress and play mass during the carnival season!

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  6. can a legal expert ask , if we are signing on the ccj, one can no longer seek services the privy council any more?

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