March 25, 2008

Is the CCJ Dead?

Is the CCJ dead?
Excerpt from Vernon Daley's Article : Caught on camera
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Is the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) experiment dead in the water? Last week St Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace withdrew his party's support for appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ. The Opposition in Trinidad is also opposed to the court while the Jamaica Labour Party Government in Jamaica has never warmed to it. Only Barbados and Guyana have made the plunge in having the court replace the UK-based Privy Council.

As far as I know, we in Jamaica have to be repaying a multimillion dollar loan to the Caribbean Development Bank which was used to set up the court. Why are we paying for something we are not using? We need to have the CCJ issue resolved and I'm hoping we'll hear a major statement from Prime Minister Bruce Golding about the matter in the upcoming Budget debate.

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