Source: BVI News Online, Road Town,Tortola,British Virgin Islands
Dr. Joseph S. Archibald QC of the British Virgin Islands has been re-appointed as a member of the Caricom Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) for a term of three years with effect from 20 August 2007 under Article V.5 of the Caricom Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as a Final Court in the Caricom Region.
The letter of re-appointment dated 5 September 2007 was signed by the President of the CCJ who is Chairman of the RJLSC. Dr Archibald has written his acceptance of the re-appointment. The RJLSC consists of a Chairman and ten Members including two former Chief Justices of the OECS and Guyana.The duties of the RJLSC include:
• making recommendation to the Heads of Caricom Countries for the appointment of the President of the CCJ;
• appointing Judges of the CCJ, other than the President of the CCJ, having regard to certain established criteria;
• making appointments of officials and employees of the CCJ, and determining their salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of service;
• exercising disciplinary control over Judges of the CCJ, other than the President of the CCJ, and over officials and employees of the CCJ.
The RJLSC has been granted power to regulate its own procedure, and its proceedings shall not be enquired into in any Court.In the exercise of their functions, Members of the RJLSC shall neither seek nor receive instructions from any body or person external to the RJLSC.Members of the RJLSC have been granted certain immunities and privileges, like Judges of Supreme Courts, throughout the Caricom Region.