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IMPACT Justice project meets in Grenada to review draft model sexual harassment legislation

February 9, 2016
IMPACT Justice project meets in Grenada to review draft model sexual harassment legislation ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Sexual Harassment Legislation Committee of the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) is meeting in Grenada to review its draft model Sexual Harassment Bill. IMPACT Justice, which...

Bahamas called on to abandon Privy Council

January 30, 2016
Bahamas called on to abandon Privy Council NASSAU, Bahamas -- Retired Justice Neville Smith QC, said on Thursday the country should not allow itself to become a “hostage” to the Privy Council and recommended that The Bahamas set up its own final court of appeal rather than continue to “perch” on the British government’s doorstep.

Repeal of controversial Trinidad law was legal, Privy Council rules

January 26, 2016
Repeal of controversial Trinidad law was legal, Privy Council rules PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London has ruled that the hasty repeal by the Trinidad and Tobago parliament of the controversial Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act was lawful. In a 19-page judgment handed down on Monday...

Trinidad court stays Warner extradition proceedings

January 25, 2016
Trinidad court stays Warner extradition proceedings PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A high court judge in Trinidad has stayed extradition proceedings against former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, but the former minister’s attorneys say they will not be rushed as they seek to challenge the legality of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign...

IMPACT Justice hosts Caribbean law librarianship workshop in Jamaica

January 23, 2016
IMPACT Justice hosts Caribbean law librarianship workshop in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Forty law library assistants from across the region will be trained at a workshop entitled “Caribbean Law Librarianship in the Digital Age” hosted by the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice).

Panama lawyers ask UN to intervene in dysfunctional court system

January 18, 2016
Panama lawyers ask UN to intervene in dysfunctional court system PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The Colegio Nacional de Abogados de Panamá, the country's national bar association, has asked the United Nations to intervene in the court system, to remove the corrupt members of the Supreme Court of Justice, and reform the system from the top down.

St Kitts-Nevis government wants to discuss CCJ accession

January 15, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government wants to discuss CCJ accession BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- While not exactly on the front burner, accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) appellate jurisdiction is under discussion by the St Kitts and Nevis government. CCJ president, Sir Dennis Byron, said that’s the view he came away with following...

Stanford requests rehearing of his criminal appeal

December 22, 2015
Stanford requests rehearing of his criminal appeal HOUSTON, USA -- Offshore banker and convicted Ponzi schemer, R. Allen Stanford, has filed a petition for an en banc rehearing, with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fifth Circuit has previously affirmed his federal criminal conviction, in an opinion on October 29, 2015.

IMPACT Justice to host community mediation training in St Vincent and the Grenadines

November 27, 2015
IMPACT Justice to host community mediation training in St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Social workers, child care workers, welfare officers, community activists and community development officers are among a group of 32 persons to receive training as community mediators under the Canadian government funded, Improved Access to Justice in the...

St Lucia workshop to discuss update to CARICOM model sexual harassment bill

November 26, 2015
St Lucia workshop to discuss update to CARICOM model sexual harassment bill BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) is hosting a workshop to discuss its update of the CARICOM Model Sexual Harassment Bill. The CARICOM Bill was drafted in 1996. IMPACT Justice, which is...

CCJ referendum not practical, says Jamaica foreign minister

November 25, 2015
CCJ referendum not practical, says Jamaica foreign minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, has reiterated the government’s position that it is not practical to have a referendum on the matter of Jamaica’s accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). “Let us tear down this...

IMPACT Justice hosting restorative practices workshops in Barbados

November 16, 2015
IMPACT Justice hosting restorative practices workshops in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) is hosting two restorative practices workshops in Barbados as part of a broader alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programme being executed in Caribbean Community...

IMPACT Justice and Dominica Bar Association host Public Legal Education Day

November 14, 2015
IMPACT Justice and Dominica Bar Association host Public Legal Education Day ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Canadian Government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) in conjunction with the Dominica Bar Association, hosted a Public Legal Education Day in Dominica on November 7 as part of its public legal education programme.

CCJ welcomes launch of Suriname's Code of Judicial Conduct

November 12, 2015
CCJ welcomes launch of Suriname's Code of Judicial Conduct PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, and Mr Justice Jacob Wit attended the launch of the Code of Judicial Conduct held at the High Court of Justice in Suriname on November 6, 2015. The Conference of Caribbean Chief Justices and Heads of...

Anguilla hosts consolidation of legislation training

November 11, 2015
Anguilla hosts consolidation of legislation training THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project, funded by the Canadian government, seeks to help reform the justice sector in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. The Regional Law Revision Centre has successfully partnered with this project...

Barbados to host civil procedure rules seminar

November 10, 2015
Barbados to host civil procedure rules seminar BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) project in collaboration with the Barbados Bar Association (BBA) will host a second two day seminar to address the ongoing development of the Barbados civil procedure rules (CPR). The seminar will take place from...

CCJ grants historic constitutional relief to Maya people

October 31, 2015
CCJ grants historic constitutional relief to Maya people PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday delivered its decision in The Maya Leaders Alliance et al v the Attorney General of Belize [2015] CCJ 15 (AJ), finding that the government of Belize breached the appellants’ right to protection of the law. The appeal was...

Privy Council upholds BVI murder convictions

October 23, 2015
Privy Council upholds BVI murder convictions LONDON, England -- The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London in a judgment of October 12, 2015, has upheld the convictions and sentences in the British Virgin Islands of Andrew Milton and Dennis Campbell for the offences of murder and conspiracy to murder.

Jamaican foreign minister urges full support for CCJ

October 14, 2015
Jamaican foreign minister urges full support for CCJ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Foreign affairs and foreign trade minister, Senator A.J. Nicholson, has urged full support for the adoption of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica’s final appellate court. In underscoring the court’s integrity, Nicholson maintained that...

Commentary: The CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property; revisiting the idea

September 15, 2015
Commentary: The CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property; revisiting the idea In January 2010, this column first proposed the idea of the CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property (IP) matters. In the years following its publication, there has been a little movement in the area of IP in the Caribbean, including the common usage of the term Caribbean Intellectual Property.

IMPACT Justice: Model Arbitration Bill coming for CARICOM region

September 10, 2015
IMPACT Justice: Model Arbitration Bill coming for CARICOM region BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A recently formed Model Arbitration Legislation Committee will review legislation from around the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region to develop a model arbitration bill. The committee, coordinated by the Canadian government funded Improved Access to Justice in the...

New online portal provides access to legal services and information in the Anglophone Caribbean

September 2, 2015
New online portal provides access to legal services and information in the Anglophone Caribbean OLVESTON, Montserrat -- A new website aimed at changing the way the lawyers and the general public access legal information and services, launched in the Caribbean on Tuesday. Westindianlawyers.com is an online portal servicing 18 jurisdictions in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Reciprocal enforcement of legal judgments extended between Suriname and Dutch Antilles

August 27, 2015
Reciprocal enforcement of legal judgments extended between Suriname and Dutch Antilles WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On 14 July 2015, Netherlands and Suriname reached agreement on the extension to cover Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten of the treaty between the two countries on the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of legal judgments and authentic acts in civil cases. As a result...

Antigua and Barbuda paving way for accession to CCJ

August 14, 2015
Antigua and Barbuda paving way for accession to CCJ ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Prime Minister Gaston Browne and leader of the opposition United Progressive Party, Baldwin Spencer, in the presence of governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda Sir Rodney Williams have signed a memorandum of understanding on constitutional reform paving the way for the country’s...

Regional judges explore improved access to justice

July 30, 2015
Regional judges explore improved access to justice BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Members of the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) are presently in St Kitts and Nevis, hosting its 2015 Judicial Conference. “It is an annual event where the judges come together to do judicial education training,”...

Commentary: The Caribbean and the International Criminal Court: Time to leave?

July 30, 2015
Commentary: The Caribbean and the International Criminal Court: Time to leave? The international debate that has opened up regarding the International Criminal Court as a consequence of South Africa's decision not to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir while he was attending the recent African Union summit in Johannesburg and Palestine's successful application...

CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region

July 24, 2015
CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A ruling this week by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) may have implications on how telecommunications companies dictate to their customers about what they can do with their internet service, according to local tech expert Russell Williams. The ruling delivered on Monday...

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