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Opposition MP sues St Lucia PM for defamation

March 28, 2017
Opposition MP sues St Lucia PM for defamation CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In the latest in what seems to be a current spate of defamation actions launched by politicians against colleagues on the other side of the aisle in the Eastern Caribbean, Dr Ernest Hilaire, the opposition St Lucia Labour Party member of parliament for Castries South...

Dominica foreign minister files defamation lawsuit

March 27, 2017
Dominica foreign minister files defamation lawsuit ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- As a result of allegations that have continued to circulate that Dominica’s minister for foreign and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) affairs, Senator Francine Baron, misappropriated funds that she received but were designated for the Dominica Disaster and...

Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset

March 23, 2017
Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset According to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Justice Adrian Saunders, in a recent lecture in St Kitts, a "colonial mindset" is to blame for the reluctance on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to embrace the court as the final court of appeal. As someone who has litigated matters...

Colonial mindset blamed for slow accession to CCJ

March 14, 2017
Colonial mindset blamed for slow accession to CCJ BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) judge, Vincentian Adrian Saunders, says there is good reason for the remaining Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states that have not yet done so, to accede to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ.

Live streaming at Trinidad Carnival brings copyright infringement into focus

March 13, 2017
Live streaming at Trinidad Carnival brings copyright infringement into focus PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Now that the dust of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017 has settled and commentators have conducted their own post-mortems, one issue remains at the intersection of Carnival and the social media landscape -- live streaming. The question of whether it is legal to...

Appeal court reinstates election petitions in St Vincent

March 8, 2017
Appeal court reinstates election petitions in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Election petitions filed by the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have been reinstated by the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal sitting in Saint Lucia on Tuesday, citing apparent bias of the trial judge, Justice Brian Cottle.

Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales delivers lecture at Cayman Islands courts

March 8, 2017
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales delivers lecture at Cayman Islands courts GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Improving practices among commercial courts worldwide translates into strengthening international trade, commerce and development, and hence overall economic cooperation and prosperity. Achieving and maintaining that equilibrium requires not only...

Court of appeal grants order in favour of Grenada hotel

February 24, 2017
Court of appeal grants order in favour of Grenada hotel ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that Rex Resorts “be permitted to continue to remain in possession of and to continue to operate the hotel known as the Grenadian by Rex Resorts.” The government of Grenada has been trying to enforce a compulsory...

Grenada's serial suer is himself being sued

February 16, 2017
Grenada's serial suer is himself being sued ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Grenada’s notoriously litigious prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, is now himself on the receiving end of a defamation claim made by Senator Nazim Burke. In a letter dated January 30, 2017, to Mitchell, lawyers acting for Burke asserted that Mitchell made public allegations...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Draft model arbitration bill for CARICOM states being reviewed by committee

February 15, 2017
Draft model arbitration bill for CARICOM states being reviewed by committee KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In response to requests by some CARICOM member states for updated arbitration legislation, the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) has drafted a Model Arbitration Bill for the region. This Bill will be reviewed...

Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable'

February 3, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable' WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest controversy over the issue of diplomatic passports by Eastern Caribbean governments to wealthy individuals with questionable backgrounds and motives has served to raise awareness of a little-discussed provision in US law as it relates to sanctions on Iran.

CCJ delivers judgment in first matter from Dominica

February 2, 2017
CCJ delivers judgment in first matter from Dominica PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered judgment in its first matter to come from Dominica. The court dismissed the application and issued an order for the applicants, Marinor Enterprises Limited and Michael Astaphan to pay First Caribbean International...

US Supreme Court ends Stanford's legal efforts to overturn conviction

January 26, 2017
US Supreme Court ends Stanford's legal efforts to overturn conviction HOUSTON, USA -- A final legal effort by R Allen Stanford to overturn what is effectively a life sentence, for operating his Antigua-based Stanford International Bank, a massive Ponzi scheme that stole the life savings from many victims in the United States and elsewhere, has ended in failure.

Raising the Bar: Sir Dennis Byron charts new course for Caribbean justice

January 21, 2017
Raising the Bar: Sir Dennis Byron charts new course for Caribbean justice PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- After Sir Dennis Byron was sworn in as president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in September 2011, it was no surprise that he immediately set about transforming the institution. His reputation as an innovator and court reformer by then had already been...

Stanford still fighting his conviction and 110-year sentence

January 19, 2017
Stanford still fighting his conviction and 110-year sentence MIAMI, USA -- In what can only be regarded as utter arrogance, in the face of what should have been the last gasp of a scoundrel, the king of the Ponzi schemers, R Allen Stanford, whose Antigua and Barbuda-based Stanford International Bank ruined hundreds of lives, has filed a petition for...

Commentary: Abuse of process

January 18, 2017
Commentary: Abuse of process In January of 2012, I, Collister M. Fahie along with Jade Caines-Lewis and Tamarni Huggins, became victims of the “abuse of process”. We were arrested and incarcerated, allegedly for fraud, forgery, grand larceny, aiding and abetting, and submitting fraudulent documents on a public office.

Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator

January 13, 2017
Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Doubt has been raised in Haiti over the legality of the extradition of elected senator Guy Philippe on January 5, with many referring to the agreement signed on October 17, 1997 between US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President René Préval...

CCJ debuts electronic court management system

January 13, 2017
CCJ debuts electronic court management system PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, has been a fervent advocate for greater use of technology within regional judiciaries. In January 2017, this drive was enhanced by the implementation of a bespoke electronic court management...

US to assist Jamaica with introduction of plea bargaining

December 24, 2016
US to assist Jamaica with introduction of plea bargaining WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department has agreed to assist the Jamaican government in introducing the concept of plea bargaining to the island’s justice system with a view to reducing the backlog within the nation’s courts. Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said the State Department has...

Commentary: Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the death penalty today

December 23, 2016
Commentary: Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the death penalty today Seventy years after its publication John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men continues to stimulate debate, pro and con, about the death penalty. But justifying capital punishment was the last thing on the mind of the author, a liberal thinker who created the character of Lennie to increase our understanding...

CCJ rules against regulator in Belize telecommunications dispute

December 14, 2016
CCJ rules against regulator in Belize telecommunications dispute PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CCJ) -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) last week delivered its judgment in the case of Speednet Communications Limited v Public Utilities Commission. The CCJ, the highest appellate court in Belize, reversed the Court of Appeal and found that Speednet...

Caribbean lawyers form group to offer social justice, pro bono services

December 12, 2016
Caribbean lawyers form group to offer social justice, pro bono services PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Over 40 lawyers from 13 Caribbean countries have answered a call to provide pro bono legal services to inadequately served populations that are especially vulnerable to human rights abuses and are most vulnerable to HIV.  The lawyers participated in...

Caribbean Court of Justice pioneers new technology to improve court performance

December 12, 2016
Caribbean Court of Justice pioneers new technology to improve court performance PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A suite of new high-tech court management systems is to be adopted by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The CCJ will be one of the first adopters of a set of technology-enabled systems for electronic filing of court documents, case management and court...

Venezuela state oil company seeks compensation in 'staggering' US bribe case

December 7, 2016
Venezuela state oil company seeks compensation in 'staggering' US bribe case HOUSTON, USA -- A unit of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has asked a US court to order two businessmen to compensate it for carrying out a "staggering" bribery scheme that cost the company $600 million in losses. A motion filed last week...

US Supreme Court denies Stanford certiorari petition

November 30, 2016
US Supreme Court denies Stanford certiorari petition WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Allen Stanford, whose prior District Court conviction and sentence was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit. Stanford's best opportunity to revisit his criminal case has failed.

Grenada court denies application for injunction to stop constitutional referendum

November 24, 2016
Grenada court denies application for injunction to stop constitutional referendum ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- An attempt to stop Grenada’s first referendum since independence from taking place on Thursday has been dismissed. A high court judge on Tuesday refused an application by attorney Jimmy Bristol, acting on behalf of Valerie Thompson Duncan.

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