November 15, 2006
Montserrat is a former crown colony, but now a British overseas territory.
GOVERNOR - Deborah Barnes - Jones
MOTTO - "Each Endeavouring, All Achieving"
SIZE / AREA: 39 Square Miles
MAJOR LANGUAGES: English
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Christianity
ETHNIC GROUPS: Black & White
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: $29 million (2002 est.)
JUDICIARY: Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (based in Saint Lucia) one judge precides over the High Court on the island.
November 07, 2006
Belize is a former colony of Great Britian. It is located to the south east of Mexico and borders the Caribbean Sea. It is formally known as British Honduras in 1854 after a lengthy dispute between Spain and the Britian over the land.
MOTTO -"Under the Shade I Flourish"MOTTO -"Under the Shade I Flourish"
NATIONAL BIRD - Keel billed toucan
NATIONAL TREE - Mahogany
NATIONAL FLOWER - Black orchid
DATE OF INDEPENDENCE: September 21, 1981
SIZE / AREA: 8,867 square miles
MAJOR LANGUAGES: English, Spanish and Kriol (Belizean Creole)
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Christianity, Muslim, Hinduism
GROSS DOMESTICE PRODUCT: $2.098 Billion
MONETARY UNIT: Belizian Dollar
MAIN EXPORTS: Sugar, Banana, Citrus
MAIN INDUSTRIES : garment production, food processing, tourism, construction
PRESIDENT: Said Musa
JUDICIAL SYSTEM : Common Law . ( The Chief Justice is elected by the Governor General on the advise of the Prime Minister)
October 30, 2006
DATE OF INDEPENDENCE: November 25, 1975
SIZE / AREA: 63,037 Square Miles
MAJOR LANGUAGES: Dutch (Official), English, Sranang Tongo ( Taki-Taki), Hindi, Javanese
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: $2.898 Billion
MONETARY UNIT: Surinam Dollar
MAIN EXPORTS: Bauxite, Alumina, Crude Oil, Gold, Timber, Sugar
Hence this week I will post some information about the various islands of the Caribbean and in particular those who have signed the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice on the 14th day of February, 2001.
1.Antigua and Barbuda
10. St Kitts & Nevis
12.St Vincent & the Grenadines
14.Trinidad & Tobago
October 17, 2006
As you know, I am currently undertaking a research on the Caribbean Court of Justice .
THANKS MUCH FOR YOUR KIND PARTICIPATION!
NAME: ( optional)
1. Do you support the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)?
a. Yes b. No. c. It doesn’t matter to me.
d. I have never heard of the CCJ
2. If your answer is “It doesn’t matter to me”, why do you say that?
3. If yes, what is your main reason ( chose 1)
a. Symbol of true independence
b. Death penalty issue (Pro - death penalty)
c. Concern for regional integration
d. Development of Caribbean jurisprudence (law)
e. The high cost of Appeals to the Privy Council
f. The judges of the Privy Council do not understand our culture
g. Other ( please state)
4. If no, what is your main reason (chose 1)
a. The cost of establishment and maintenance of the Court is too much.
b. The judges of the Privy Council would render better decisions.
c. The judges in the Caribbean would be biased and could be bribed.
d. The politicians would unduly influence the decisions of the court.
e. Against the death penalty
f. Other ( please state)
5 . Have you ever heard of the “CSME” ?
a. Yes b. No
6. If you have heard of the “ CSME” what does it mean?
7. What effect do you think the CCJ will have on trade in the region ?
a. Increased trade between the islands
b. Increased foreign investment to the region
c. Decreased trade between the islands
d. Decreased trade investments to the region
e. No effect
You may email your answers or cut and paste in the comments section below.
Please remember forward this link to your friends and family.
Thanks much for your co-operation.
DEIDRE S. POWELL
August 12, 2006
As time goes by, I will be conducting surveys to incorporate this into my research.
For now, here's your opportunity to: HAVE YOUR SAY.
Click on the COMMENTS and post your views.
You are free to put your name and email address, if you wish to be contacted about updates to the site and to participate in upcoming surveys. However, if you do not wish to be named here, but would still like to post and receive information, you may use the ANNOYMOUS option and send a personal email to me.
May 31, 2006
INAUGURATION DATE – 16th day of April, 2005
LOCATION – Port of Spain, Trinidad
ROLE OF THE COURT
The CCJ was established as a :
- Court of Original Jurisdiction and will deal with trade disputes amongst CARICOM member states.
- Court of final appeal, thereby replacing the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (UK)
JURISDICTION – Final Court of Appeal for Barbados and Guyana only
APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES
The CCJ has been plagued with suspicions that the judges would be subjct to manipulation by the politicians of the region. However, the mere manner in which the Judges are appointed, should put these fears to rest.
Unlike most other judicial systems the Ministers of Government do not appoint the judges of the CCJ. They are instead appointed by a Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission made up of 11 members. These members have a one year term of office subject to subject to the discretion of the nominating entity to renew its nominee’s appointment. Article VI (2) (a)
The first committee selected were:
· The Honourable Sir David Simmons - Chief Justice of Barbados and Chairman of the Judicial Services Commission of Barbados
· Ambassador Christopher Thomas - Chairman of the Public Service Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
· Mr. Othniel Sylvester CMG, Q.C. - President of the OECS Bar Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
· Dr. Lloyd George Barnett, OJ - President of the Independent Human Rights Association of Jamaica
· Ms. Gloria Gray, BSc, MSc - Representative of Civil Society
· Ms. Nelcia Robinson, B.Sc - Representative of Civil Society
· Dr. Magda Hoever -Venoaks - Professor of Law, University of Suriname
· Professor Aubrey Bishop, OR, CCH, B.Sc, LLM - Professor of Law, University of Guyana
· Mr. Allan J. Alexander, S.C. - Bar Association of Trinidad and Tobago
· The Rt. Hon. Sir Vincent Floissac, Q.C., K.C.M.G. - Former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court