News from the Caribbean:
May 19, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Assistance to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region in drafting legislation to further regional integration and economic growth, more legislative protection of vulnerable groups against discrimination, the training of mediators to assist parties in solving disputes...
May 14, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On Tuesday afternoon, the Lower House of the Jamaican Parliament secured the favourable majority vote required to have that country access the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) appellate jurisdiction. The three bills laid before the House of Representatives...
May 14, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Accolades honouring retiring stalwart of regional jurisprudence, Cayman Appeals Court Justice Elliott Mottley, reflected a legacy of regional service that “only a very few lawyers and judges can claim,” in judgments that have “enriched the law books of Belize...
May 12, 2015
LONDON, England -- The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London on Monday reportedly threw a monkey wrench in the plans of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick by denying his appeal seeking to enforce his right to trial by jury instead of by judge alone.
May 9, 2015
PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Provo Air Center (PAC) has applied to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Court of Appeal, seeking to overturn last month’s refusal by the territory’s Supreme Court to review the legality of recent decisions by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (TCIAA) and...
May 6, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- New non-resident judge, Nick Segal, who was appointed to serve on the Financial Services Division (FSD) of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in January, commenced hearing cases last Thursday. Segal will serve from time-to-time as required.
April 22, 2015
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The full bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice is in Belize this week for the first time for itinerant sittings from 20-23 April, 2015. The sittings are being held in Courtroom 1, Supreme Court of Belize. This is the fourth itinerant sitting of the court, with previous sittings being held in Barbados...
April 18, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) celebrates ten years since it began its operations as the exclusive court for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy and as the court designed to replace the British Privy Council as the final court of appeal...
April 7, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Cayman Islands judiciary and its legal fraternities last week hosted the highest ranking member of the British judiciary ever to visit the territory in that capacity. A justice of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Lord Mance, was there as keynote speaker...
April 4, 2015
BALTIMORE, USA -- Over 750 victims have sued the Rockefeller Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, alleging...
March 31, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee was sworn in by Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona as a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday at a ceremony in Port of Spain. Carmona praised Rajnauth-Lee for her “selfless sacrifice”.
March 26, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, recently presented a lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, which underscored the impact and influence of the Magna Carta on Caribbean law.
March 24, 2015
LONDON, England -- Commonwealth law experts will meet in New York to ensure negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda reflect rule of law and justice perspectives of small states. The meetings will take place from 23-27 March 2015 during the UN’s third session of the post-2015...
March 18, 2015
ARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On March 13, 2015, the FHR Lim A Po School of Law in Paramaribo participated in the seventh annual Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) International Law Moot Competition in Trinidad and Tobago. Suriname finished third, bringing prestige to the FHR Lim A Po School of Law.
March 18, 2015
Mr Feizal Mohamed Amin (‘Mr Amin’), a gas station owner, had an agreement with Guyana Oil Company Ltd (‘Guyoil’), for Guyoil to supply him with petroleum and petroleum products. Guyoil claimed that between September 5 and September 28, 2005, Mr Amin failed to pay them for goods delivered.
March 10, 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica (WINN) -- Having officially bid farewell to the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Dominica is now encouraging the rest of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to fully embrace the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as soon as possible.
March 10, 2015
The case of Clyde Brown v Moore illustrates that an appeal does not mean ‘ask until you get what you want.’ Instead, in applications for special leave, the resources of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) are to be used by litigants who have a case that has some prospects of success.
March 6, 2015
In just over a month – on 16th April 2015 – the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will mark the tenth anniversary of its inauguration. The creation of the CCJ is arguably the single most important event in the history of the English-speaking Caribbean since the establishment of the Caribbean...
February 28, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is implementing its activities for increasing the use of mediation to assist courts in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with reducing their case backlogs. The five-year, justice sector reform project...
February 9, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Puerto Rico law that would have forced investors in some public corporations to accept unfavourable restructuring terms has been thrown out by a US federal judge in a lawsuit brought by holders of power utility bonds. Judge Francisco Besosa of the US District Court...
February 7, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Access to regional legal information online is becoming a reality with funding from the government of Canada, through the Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean Project (IMPACT Justice). The funding is a boost to justice sector reform and goes towards developing...
February 6, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal sitting in St Lucia on Thursday afternoon handed down its ruling in the boundaries change challenge by the opposition parties in St Kitts and Nevis and discharged the injunction granted earlier preventing the adoption of...
February 5, 2015
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), through the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) project, in collaboration with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, is embarking on a delay and backlog reduction pilot project for the Supreme Court of Grenada.
January 21, 2015
The overriding need to preserve and protect the diverse ecosystems situated within the Bladen Branch Nature Reserve in Belize, fuelled the Ya’Axchè Conservation Trust’s call for the Court to re-examine the decision of the Court of Appeal of Belize. The Court of Appeal held that...
January 19, 2015
The year 2015 has dawned as usual with the fanfare of greater things to come. Caribbean projects are in the pipeline, along with activities to enhance competitiveness and many gallant efforts by well-meaning non-governmental and international organizations. The research has shown...
January 8, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Two new judges with regional legal and judicial backgrounds were sworn in as judges in the Cayman Islands on Monday. They begin hearing matters in Grand Court on Thursday. Justice Ingrid Mangatal joins the Cayman judiciary from Jamaica.
December 29, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A high court judge in Trinidad and Tobago who, as a prosecutor, represented the state in the historic 2006 case against former Chief Justice Sat Sharma has now been accused of misconduct. Justice Carla Brown-Antoine has been reported to the Judicial and Legal Services...