Caribbean leaders dismiss political interference in CCJ

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

PLACENCIA, Belize (CMC) – At least two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have dismissed suggestions of political interference in the operations of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The positions of CARICOM chairman, Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize and the Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart come as Antigua and Barbuda gets ready to launch on March 10, a public education programme ahead of a referendum on whether or not the island should become the latest regional country to join the CCJ, established in 2011 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s highest court.

Apart from Belize and Barbados, Guyana and Dominica are the only members of the CCJ’s appellate jurisdiction even though many of the 15-member CARICOM grouping are members of the Court’s original jurisdiction.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

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