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Friday, July 30, 2010

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- In April 2008, complaints of misbehaviour relating to Justice Priya Levers, a judge of the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands, were brought to the attention of the then governor Stuart Jack. Having considered the complaints, the Governor appointed a tribunal. read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Bar Association of Belize (the “Association”) has seen an article by Mr Oscar Ramjeet entitled “Controversy over Retirement of Belize’s chief justice”. Mr Ramjeet is referred to on your website as “an attorney at law who practices extensively throughout the wider Caribbean”, but he is known to the Association as... read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

The chief justice of Belize, Dr Abdulai Conteh, will be 65 on August 6 and, under the Constitution, he cannot continue to be the Head of the Judiciary unless the governor general offers him a contract. But this can only be done if the prime minister advises, and Mr Dean Barrow has already indicated... read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

It is hardly debatable that the variations in copyright laws across the Caribbean are the result of the peculiarities of our various jurisdictions, compounded by the lack of a regional regulatory scheme. It is also trite knowledge that Caribbean musicians often struggle to obtain adequate protection of their productions. read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

ST JOHNS, Antigua -- LIME Antigua has filed suit in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court against Digicel seeking to have Digicel cease and desist, with immediate effect, from illegally bypassing LIME’s international network. LIME is also seeking redress in the sum of EC$23 million. read more...



Friday, July 2, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's House of Representatives has finally approved an amendment to the Jury Act to allow for majority verdicts, of no less than nine to three among a 12-man jury, in non-capital murder cases. Prime Minister Bruce Golding opened debate on the Bill on Tuesday June 15. read more...



Saturday, June 19, 2010

It seems as if the Bruce Golding administration in Jamaica has had a change of heart and is now contemplating abolishing appeals to the Privy Council so that the country could join the Appellate Division of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The reason for my opinion is that the country's Governor General... read more...



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The government of Guyana stopped paying the subvention to the Council of Legal Education, which allowed Guyanese to attend the Caribbean law schools , notably Hugh Wooding Law School, at a cost of TT$12 500 per academic year. Guyanese are now required to pay the economic cost along with the tuition fee. read more...



Friday, June 4, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Edwin Carrington, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General has welcomed the decision of the government of Belize to abolish appeals to the London Privy Council with effect from 1 June 2010 and embrace the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal. read more...



Thursday, June 3, 2010

It is that noteworthy that among its undertakings for its mandate on the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Caricom Secretariat undertook the hosting of a seminar on Competition Policy and Law in Georgetown, Guyana on May 3, 2010. The programme outlined topics such as... read more...



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It is now official. Belize will abolish appeals to the Privy Council as of next month, June 1. An Order to this effect was issued by the country's Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, which was advertised in the last issue of Belize Government Gazette and which stated that the Constitution (Seventh Amendment) Act... read more...



Saturday, May 1, 2010

LONDON, England -- A hastily-introduced amendment to Belize’s contempt laws threatens the country’s assets abroad and its role in the international community. These are just some of the claims of leading international lawyers which form the basis of a special TV report presented by broadcaster, Robert Beckford. read more...



Thursday, April 29, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The CARICOM Secretariat continues its public education programme with the facilitation of a seminar on Competition Policy and Law and Consumer Welfare in Georgetown, Guyana, on 3 May 2010. The seminar which will be held at the CARICOM Secretariat, will bring together... read more...



Thursday, April 22, 2010

While there is much preoccupation with the issues of copyright law in the Caribbean, which is centered on trade and commerce, the lesser known issues of traditional knowledge in Intellectual Property are hardly considered to be of especial significance to the majority of policymakers. read more...



Friday, April 16, 2010

Today, April 16, 2010, marks the fifth anniversary of the Caribbean Court of Justice and there are still two members of the Appellate Jurisdiction of the regional court, Guyana and Barbados. However, Belize will soon go on board and the Constitution has been amended to remove the Privy Council as the final court. read more...



Friday, April 16, 2010

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- President of the OECS Bar Association, Kittitian Tapley Seaton, QC has condemned the shooting in St Lucia, of the Jamaican-born magistrate, Ann-Marie Smith, who was shot by armed assailants. Seaton said a pattern of organized criminal activity seems to be developing. read more...



Thursday, April 15, 2010

ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- High Court judge Justice Errol Thomas on Wednesday granted two Antigua Labour Party members of Parliament their request for Judicial Review of the Baldwin Spencer administration’s July 2009 decision to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into what is known as the IHI Debt Settlement. read more...



Friday, April 2, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Prime Minister Bruce Golding has asked Jamaica's courts to rule on a US request for the extradition of an alleged leader of the Caribbean island's notorious Shower Posse drug gang. The government is resisting US demands that it hand over Christopher "Dudus" Coke. read more...



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Solicitor General, Douglas Leys, has expressed the view that there is need for a CARICOM Regional Insolvency Pact, which would ensure greater creditability and elements of certainty in the regional trading bloc. Leys argued for a special jurisdiction for the Caribbean. read more...



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

While we have heard from several quarters that member of the OECS and some CARICOM countries have yet to adopt the Caribbean Court Justice as their final court, I am sure there are several varying domestic reasons confronting these nations why they have not already done so. read more...



Monday, March 22, 2010

As Belize is about to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court, one of the seven judges and the Court Registrar visited the country and held discussions with local judges and explained the Rules and Procedure of the regional court with practising lawyers. Their visit coincided with a farewell sitting for... read more...



Friday, March 19, 2010

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Justice, Patrice Nisbett paid courtesy calls on Resident High Court Judge on Nevis Ianthea Leigertwood-Octave and Magistrate of the Charlestown Magistrates’ Court District “C” on Thursday, in what he described as a historic visit. read more...



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

At almost any time that the issue of Intellectual Property is discussed by peoples of the Caribbean there is considerable confusion and uncertainty to be found about what the law says, what it means and what the rights of usage are. This is not surprising or unexpected since many lawyers are themselves hard put... read more...



Thursday, March 4, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica has assured the United States authorities of its full support in extradition and other matters, consistent with its obligations and upholding Jamaican law, Prime Minister Bruce Golding told the House of Representatives on Tuesday. read more...



Thursday, February 25, 2010

It is a sore issue in the administration of justice in Guyana that oftentimes laws that have been passed by the National Assembly for the good of the nation are not practically or properly implemented, or simply sit on the shelves in the Parliament Buildings and elsewhere marking time. read more...



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Belize has gone a step further, and is very near to become the third Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state to rid itself from the Privy Council to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The Bill paving the way for this to become a reality was passed unanimously last Friday by the House of Representatives. read more...



Monday, February 22, 2010

It seems as if the the Caribbean criminal justice system is being revolutionised - two weeks after Trinidad and Tobago announced that it is considering criminal trial by a judge alone rather than a jury, Jamaica is moving towards plea bargaining. Plea bargaining is very common in the United States. read more...



Friday, February 5, 2010

Should Commonwealth Caribbean countries get rid of the age old jury trial in serious criminal cases? According to the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, Ivor Archie, the government of the twin island republic will soon introduce legislation in this regard. If this is done, it will be the first country in the Caribbean... read more...



Monday, February 1, 2010

The successes or lack of them in the area of Caribbean intellectual property regulation and enforcement have been attributed to or blamed upon many aspects of the management of Caribbean life and, if the truth be told, the lack of an holistic proactive approach by Caricom itself in creating a legal and regulatory framework. read more...



Thursday, January 28, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- President Bharrat Jagdeo said this week that frivolous litigation and judicial sloth is delaying the liquidation of CLICO Guyana, and preventing the government from using over $3 billion in cash which it currently has to take care of over 2,000 of the 3,000 CLICO depositors. read more...



Friday, January 1, 2010

The use of arbitration across the Caribbean has been largely within the context of Trade Union disputes and is still something of a novelty in resolving commercial and private disputes in the region (see Rose Marie Belle Antoine, Caribbean Law and Legal Systems, Cavendish, London, 1998). read more...



Thursday, December 17, 2009

HOUSTON, USA (Reuters) -- A federal judge found accused swindler Allen Stanford and his attorneys in contempt of a court order on Wednesday over their attempts to collect insurance policy proceeds to pay defense costs. No sanctions were imposed, according to the judge's order. US District Judge David Godbey in Dallas... read more...



Thursday, December 17, 2009

GENEVA, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Three UN human rights experts accused President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela of creating a climate of fear among his country's legal profession with the arrest last week of a woman judge. The three, all from developing countries, criticized the detention of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni. read more...



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nothing is as sacred to the preservation of a democracy as the sacred right of a citizen to choose his or her government through recourse to voting by secret ballot. The essence of this form of voting is that it preserves the confidentiality of the voter’s choice of a candidate. It forecloses the possibility of the voter... read more...



Saturday, December 12, 2009

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Recent moves by Jamaica towards accepting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court, has been hailed as a welcome development and a good way to end the year by CARICOM Secretary-General, Edwin Carrington. The Secretariat reviewed... read more...



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It is more than four and a half years since the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was inaugurated and, so far, no other jurisdiction has joined Guyana and Barbados in accepting the CCJ as the final appellate court. I read with great interest a statement made by St Lucia Oppositon leader, Kenny Anthony... read more...



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I was somewhat perplexed while reading the Antigua Daily Observer front page caption (December 3, 2009) “Teen Jailed on Gun, Ammo Charges.” The article indicated that the teen’s name was withheld because he was a juvenile. Yet the withholding of his name did not relax the punishment. read more...



Monday, December 7, 2009

It is common knowledge that Intellectual Property issues have begun to envelope the Caribbean region at an increasing rate. One can be randomly exposed to discussions on this subject in almost every sphere of Caribbean activity, especially in the market places where the talk ranges from... read more...



Monday, December 7, 2009

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Death sentences in the United Kingdom and Overseas Dependent Territories have been abolished and replaced by life imprisonment. The London-based Privy Council, is the final Court in all the jurisdictions in the English-speaking Caribbean except Guyana and Barbados. read more...



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Constitutions of the English speaking Caribbean were drafted by the British since they were all former British colonies, now called overseas dependent territories, and the governments are divided into three sections, the executive, parliament and the judiciary. There has always been separation of powers... read more...



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