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UK Privy Council loses appeal in modern Commonwealth August 17, 2006
LONDON, England (Bloomberg): Britain's Privy Council judges, rulers of overseas disputes since medieval times, received just 71 appeals from former colonies and territories last year as their importance wanes. read more..



Air carrier was reckless, suit charges in Bahamas-bound sea plane crash

Friday,  January 13, 2006

CHICAGO, USA: Representing three of the victims in the crash of a seaplane off the coast of Miami on December 19, 2005, Nolan Law Group filed complaints on Thursday in federal court for the Southern District of Florida... read more...


Law suit filed in Bahamas-bound sea plane crash

Thursday,  January 12, 2006

CHICAGO, USA: Representing three of the victims in the crash of a chartered seaplane off the coast of Miami on December 19, 2005, a Chicago law firm, the Nolan Law Group, has filed a complaint against Flying Boat Inc., doing business as Chalk’s Ocean Airways, in the Circuit Court of Dade County, Florida... read more...


Puerto Rico attorney charged with obstruction of justice

Thursday,  January 12, 2006

WASHINGTON, USA: A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico on Wednesday indicted a San Juan attorney for interfering with federal investigations into kickback schemes used to defraud a Puerto Rico restaurant company, the Department of Justice announced... read more...


Antigua-Barbuda government to defend action in Half Moon Bay matter

Thursday,  December 29, 2005

ST JOHN'S, Antigua: Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Justin Simon QC has said that the government of Antigua and Barbuda intends to defend its decision in vesting title of Half Moon Bay Hotel property in the Crown on April 1, 2005.  On January 28, 2003, the Court of Appeal reversed a decision by the High Court... read more...


US Supreme Court asked to review Puerto Rico voting ban decision

Monday,  December 12, 2005

WASHINGTON, USA: The US Supreme Court has an opportunity to review its doctrine of colonialism established a century ago in the infamous Insular Cases which relegated residents of Puerto Rico to second-class citizenship... read more...


Grenada Government to proceed with case against Dipcon

Friday,  December 9, 2005

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada: The Government of Grenada on Thursday won what it called another significant judgment in its case against Dipcon Limited. The Court of Appeal ruled that the Government can go ahead with its law suit against Dipcon... read more...


Antigua-Barbuda Millennium Naturalization Act ruled constitutional

Monday,  November 28, 2005

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua: Justice Louise Esther Blenman has dismissed the case brought by Mr. Glentis Goodwin Chairman of the Organization for National Development Party (ONDP) against Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Attorney General Justin Simon, seeking to invalidate Section 3 (1) of the Millennium Naturalization Act of 2004.... read more...


Lawsuits seek almost $1 billion for Parmalat's Cayman companies

Monday,  November 28, 2005

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands: Food Holdings Limited, Dairy Holdings Limited, and Parmalat Capital Finance Limited -- three Cayman Islands companies, presently in liquidation, that suffered substantial losses related to the collapse of Parmalat -- have sued Parmalat’s principal banker and auditors... read more...


Barbados radio station granted leave to appeal by CCJ

Monday,  November 7, 2005

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has granted a Barbados radio station leave to appeal a High Court ruling and therefore defend itself against a libel lawsuit filed by the owners of a farm in 1990... read more...


Ruling awaited in Barbados-Trinidad maritime dispute

Monday,  November 7, 2005

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister, Mia Mottley says that, after pleading its best case, Barbados now has to wait for the outcome of its maritime boundary and fisheries dispute with Trinidad and Tobago... read more...


Ruling by Dominica High Court dashes by-election hopes of United Workers Party

Thursday,  November 3, 2005

ROSEAU, Dominica: A ruling by a High Court Judge, Justice Hugh Rawlins, has effectively killed off any lingering hopes the United Workers Party had of triggering by-elections in five constituencies in Dominica... read more...


Privy Council rules against Bahamas police

Friday, October 28, 2005

NASSAU, Bahamas: It is being called a "million dollar" landmark ruling by a number of legal observers and has set several tongues in the Bahamas waging and left one receptionist at a Cable Beach Hotel hoping the police will "mistreat me."  It's the recent case in which the London-based Privy Council has reversed a decision... read more...


CCJ not a final court for Jamaicans, says minister

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Head of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Robert Miller has said that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was not a court of appeal for Jamaicans... read more...


Cayman Islands resort hotel lawsuit resolved on no-liability basis

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

ALISO VIEJO, USA: Fluor Corporation announced Tuesday that its dispute with the developer of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman hotel in the Cayman Islands has been resolved on a no-liability basis... read more...


Judicial system cannot respond emotionally to escalating crime, says ECSC Acting Chief Justice

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

CASTRIES, St Lucia: The Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has warned that the judicial system cannot respond emotionally to escalating crime.  Justice Brian Alleyne made the comments on Tuesday, ahead of a workshop for police prosecutors in St Lucia.... read more...


Innovative Communications to appeal adverse Belize ruling

Thursday, August 18, 2005

WEST PALM BEACH, USA: In response to Monday's decision by the U.S. District Court in Miami regarding the government of Belize’s claimed illegal seizure and expropriation of US$57 million in assets of Innovative Communication Corporation LLC, the company said Tuesday that while it respects the court’s decision it does not believe it reached the central issue in the dispute... read more...


Bomb threat disrupts first Caribbean Court of Justice sitting

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad:  A bomb threat on Monday threatened to shut down legal proceedings on the first day's sitting of the newly-inaugurated Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Port of Spain, Trinidad... read more...


The CCJ to hear its first case next Monday

Friday, August 5, 2005

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Barbados is already set to be the first country to take a criminal matter to the Caribbean Court of Justice, but it will now also be the first with a civil case set for next Monday at the court’s headquarters in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad... read more...


Grenada opposition leader to appeal Commission of Inquiry decision

Friday, August 5, 2005

ST. GEORGE’S Grenada:  Opposition Leader Tillman Thomas has been granted leave by the High Court in Grenada to apply for Judicial Review of the decision by the sole commissioner Dr. Richard Cheltenham in the commission of inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell... read more...


Barbados granted leave to appeal death sentence ruling to CCJ

Thursday, July 28, 2005

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: The Barbados government has been granted conditional leave to take the first death sentence appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).  The permission was granted Tuesday and the government will be asking the court to restore the death sentences of 28-year-old Lennox Boyce, and Jeffrey Joseph, 29... read more...


OECS judges and legal officials to discuss judiciary

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: “The Criminal Trial – New Perspectives from the Bench,” will be discussed by Judges, Masters and Registrars of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court next month.  St. Kitts and Nevis Resident High Court Judge, Mr. Justice Davidson Baptiste, will be among his colleagues from the OECS... read more...


British Virgin Islands court freezes stake in Russian oil venture

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP): A British Virgin Islands court has ordered a freeze on trading in a 49-percent stake in a British-Russian oil firm being fought over by Roman Abramovich's Sibneft and rival firm Sibir Energy, Sibir said on Monday... read more...


Call for legal education reform in the Caribbean

Monday, June 20, 2005

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: The Eleventh Special Meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC) has recognised the impact of globalisation and liberalisation on the delivery of services including education, the importance of reform in the system of legal education and the need for curriculum reform in the Caribbean... read more...


Caribbean court president calls for submission of national legislation

Monday, June 20, 2005

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Michael de la Bastide, has informed regional attorneys general that the Court is moving speedily to establish the Rules of Court in both the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions.  He told Attorneys General that the Rules of Court had to be placed on the front burner... read more...


Barbados may take first death penalty case to the CCJ

Friday, June 3, 2005

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: The Barbados government may take its first death penalty case to the recently inaugurated Caribbean Court of Justice... read more...


Two convicted murderers get death sentences commuted in Barbados

Thursday, June 2, 2005

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Two convicted murderers who were twice read their death warrants but avoided hanging, have had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment... read more...


Judgment reserved in St Kitts election challenge

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: Resident High Court Judge, Justice Davidson Baptiste has reserved judgment in relation to “no case” submissions brought by lawyers for three successful St. Kitts–Nevis Labour Party candidates in the October 24, 2004 General Election in which the incumbent Labour Party won seven of the 8 seats on St. Kitts... read more...


Judgment reserved in Dominica elections challenge

Monday, May 23, 2005

ROSEAU, Dominica: Dominican High Court Judge Claire Henry-Wason reserved her judgment on Friday in the civil matter of Leonard Newtown vs the Chief Elections Officer, the Returning Officer, Mrs Loreen Bannis-Roberts and the Attorney General... read more...


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