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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.

Decriminalising marijuana a complex issue, says Barbados attorney general

November 17, 2016
Decriminalising marijuana a complex issue, says Barbados attorney general BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados will not be decriminalising marijuana just because other countries are doing so, without the proper supporting information on its effects, said attorney general, Adriel Brathwaite, who restated his position in the debate on legalising marijuana.

Court rules USVI wrongly cut union members pay

November 17, 2016
Court rules USVI wrongly cut union members pay GARDENDALE, USA -- Reversing the US District Court for the Virgin Islands, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the government of the US Virgin Islands acted illegally in passing the Virgin Islands Economic Stability Act of 2011 (VIESA) to...

Regional organisation promotes intellectual property, innovation, and technology in the Caribbean

November 17, 2016
Regional organisation promotes intellectual property, innovation, and technology in the Caribbean MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The Caribbean and Americas Intellectual Property Organization (CAAIPO) was established in October 2015 under the laws of Jamaica, in response to the need for substantial research, information and action in the field of intellectual property law and...

IMPACT Justice sponsors restorative practices workshops in Belize

November 1, 2016
IMPACT Justice sponsors restorative practices workshops in Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Approximately 123 educators, ministry of education officers, and other stakeholders will receive training in restorative practices in four workshops in Belize being sponsored by the Canadian-government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) project.

Legal case against former speaker will not be dropped, says St Kitts-Nevis AG

October 29, 2016
Legal case against former speaker will not be dropped, says St Kitts-Nevis AG BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Attorney General Vincent Byron said that the previous Douglas-led administration in St Kitts and Nevis “walked on the constitution” when for 26 months the former speaker of the house, Curtis Martin, “refused to table a motion of no confidence...

IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library

October 29, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 244 books (192 titles) to the University of Guyana Library as part of its efforts to improve the provision of legal information in Caribbean...

Trinidad appeal court rejects opposition election challenge

October 21, 2016
Trinidad appeal court rejects opposition election challenge PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Court of Appeal in Port of Spain, Trinidad, took just two hours on Monday to reject an appeal by the opposition United National Congress (UNC) challenging the dismissal of its election petitions over the results of last year's general election. Chief Justice Ivor Archie...

Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 3

October 20, 2016
Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 3 What states have adopted the CCJ as their final appellate court? They are: Barbados, Guyana, Belize and the Commonwealth of Dominica. Jamaica attempted to do so but the Labour government and certain interest groups challenged the legislation in the case of Independent Jamaica Council...

Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 2

October 19, 2016
Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 2 Since 1970, Jamaica raised the issue of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) having a final appellate court for its members and, at long last, the Caribbean Court of Justice, the CCJ, was established by an agreement among CARICOM states dated 14 February 2001.Initially, ten...

IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean

October 18, 2016
IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project continues its survey of legal education this week. The IMPACT Justice consultants, Professor Jane Ching, Dr Noel Watson and Dr Adrian Cummins QC...

Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 1

October 18, 2016
Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 1 As the date for Grenada’s constitutional referendum looms, I chose to reflect on the issue of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the JCPC for short, versus the Caribbean Court of Justice, the CCJ, a subject I thought I knew something about. After all I had been a judge of the...

IMPACT Justice brings community mediation training to Guyana

October 8, 2016
IMPACT Justice brings community mediation training to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is bringing its community mediation training programme to Guyana in a bid to build capacity for community mediation services in the region.

Leading UK human rights barrister retained in CCJ case against Dominica

October 6, 2016
Leading UK human rights barrister retained in CCJ case against Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Attorney at law Cabral Douglas, who has launched a US$3 million lawsuit against the government of Dominica over the Tommy Lee affair, has retained one of England’s top barristers, Dr Leslie Thomas QC, to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad.

St Lucia and French governments sign judicial agreements

October 6, 2016
St Lucia and French governments sign judicial agreements CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia and France have signed two agreements to aid both countries in criminal matters. On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement in Criminal Matters and the Extradition Agreement were signed by the prime minister of Saint Lucia...

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: The CCJ Bill - Part A

October 6, 2016
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: The CCJ Bill - Part A Many persons of institutional and professional disciplines, inside and outside of Grenada, especially those of the legal fraternity as well as activists for regional integration, have been expressing that the bill for Grenada’s accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is the.

IMPACT Justice sponsors restorative practices workshop in St Lucia

October 4, 2016
IMPACT Justice sponsors restorative practices workshop in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Approximately 59 educators and ministry of education officers will receive training in restorative practices in two workshops being sponsored by the Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) Project. These workshops will...

Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary

September 28, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A recent statement by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s chief justice that attempts are being made to influence the courts shows that the judiciary is on guard against the practice, according to attorney David Dorsett. “Having made that announcement...

St Lucia hosts 13th regional law conference of the OECS Bar Association

September 22, 2016
St Lucia hosts 13th regional law conference of the OECS Bar Association CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Prof. Velma Newton, the regional project director of IMPACT Justice, a Canadian government sponsored project being implemented from within the Caribbean Law Institute Centre, Cave Hill Campus, attended the 13th Regional Law Conference of the OECS Bar...

Court orders St Kitts-Nevis tourism minister to pay election debts

September 21, 2016
Court orders St Kitts-Nevis tourism minister to pay election debts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has ordered St Kitts and Nevis tourism minister, Lindsay Grant, to pay election consulting fees owed to BuzzMaker, an international political consulting firm that has worked on hundreds of high profile political campaigns across the...

IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus

September 5, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 948 law books to the Faculty of Law of the UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica. The official handing over ceremony for these books takes place...

Lawsuit filed against Dominica government over concert cancellation

August 30, 2016
Lawsuit filed against Dominica government over concert cancellation ROSEAU, Dominica -- Cabral Douglas, son of former prime minister of Dominica Rosie Douglas, has officially filed legal proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the government of Dominica over the cancellation of a concert caused by what is described in court documents...

IMPACT Justice Project releases overview of model sexual harassment legislation

August 25, 2016
IMPACT Justice Project releases overview of model sexual harassment legislation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice), a five year regional justice reform project funded by the government of Canada, has release an overview of model sexual harassment legislation for the region. IMPACT Justice is implemented...

Belize decision a significant human rights landmark, says UN special envoy

August 20, 2016
Belize decision a significant human rights landmark, says UN special envoy BELMOPAN, Belize -- The decision of the government of Belize to accept the judgment of the High Court to decriminalise consensual sexual acts between adults in private has been described as a significant human rights landmark. Dr Edward Greene, United Nations (UN) secretary...

Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects

August 17, 2016
Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentians are benefitting from a modernized juvenile justice system and are better equipped to adapt to climate change as a result of two major projects supported by the US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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