CCJ gaining traction

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CCJ Headquarters, Trinidad and Tobago
CCJ Headquarters, Trinidad and Tobago

WITH the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) years ago, only two CARICOM countries took the initial plunge to have the Court as its final Court of Appeal, removing themselves from the Privy Council.

The CCJ is based in Trinidad and Tobago, which has yet to take that step, but in recent weeks and months Dominica, and only then Jamaica, took steps to join the aforementioned two countries in deepening the integration process.

For too long there has been tremendous lip service given to the commitment to CARICOM, but this is only heightened when it serves a purpose. The question then becomes, ‘What is the resistance which those CARICOM nations seemingly have to signing onto to the jurisdiction of the CCJ?’

[su_box title=”The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]The CCJ was inaugurated on 16 April, 2005 in Trinidad and Tobago where it is headquartered. Its central role is providing legal certainty to the operations of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is structured to have two jurisdictions – an original and an appellate. In its original jurisdiction it ensures uniform interpretation and application of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, thereby underpinning and advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. As the final court of appeal for Member States of the Caribbean Community it fosters the development of an indigenous Caribbean jurisprudence[/su_box]

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