Referendum Day in Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada
The people of Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada are voting today on whether or not to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as their final court.
In both cases, a two-thirds majority of the total number of ballots cast is required to make the switch to the CCJ which also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which governs the 15-Member Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
A ‘Yes’ vote means Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada will join Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana as the CCJ members in its appellate jurisdiction.
About the CCJ:
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is the Caribbean regional judicial tribunal established on 14 February 2001 by the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice.
The CCJ is two courts in one! The CCJ has two functions:
- an Original Jurisdiction, which deals with your right to move between CARICOM countries freely and your right to move your money and your business. This is the basis of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas; and
- an Appellate Jurisdiction, to hear appeals from courts of those countries which decide to use it for this reason.
ALL CARICOM Member States who have signed the Agreement Establishing the CCJ are Members of the CCJ.