No need to fear CCJ, PM Mottley

PM of Barbados, the Hon Mia Mottley
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“No prime minister or president in the Caribbean has any say in the appointment of judges to the CCJ, so you Grenadians can rest assured that judges would not be politically motivated in their decision-making processes, but will have the necessary qualifications, experience and character to dispense justice without fear or favour.” – Barbados PM Mia Mottley

(Barbados Today) As the people of Grenada and Antigua prepare to hold national referenda before year end to decide whether they will sign onto the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final appellate court, Prime Minister Mia Mottley is assuring them they have nothing to fear in terms of political interference.

Speaking at the launch of promotional activities for the court in Grenada, Mottley, who served as chair of the CCJ preparatory committee between 2001 and 2005, told the audience at the Grenada Trade Centre “we understood from the start there would be fears among our legal fraternity that the court would be subjected to political interference, but we put measures in place to avoid that.

“First of all, we consulted bar associations, different groups and the Caribbean Development Bank and came up with a trust fund so that the court would have its own money and not have to depend on regional ministers of finance to fund its day-to-day operations. And once that fund was established, we set it at an amount which would enable it to live off the interest.”

Read more at: Barbados Today

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