News from the Caribbean:
March 1, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Privy Council in London has slashed, by about half, a multi-million dollar award the government of Antigua and Barbuda had been ordered to pay Half Moon Bay (HMB) Holdings for its property compulsorily acquired in 2007. In a statement following the judgment...
February 28, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- The Grenada government has disclosed that monies the country owes $3.3 million to the OECS Supreme Court in arrears dating back three years. Attorney General, Cajeton Hood, said one third of that amount is being paid. “If you look at it proportionally...
February 21, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Ian Douglas, minister for legal affairs has declared that Dominica is more than ready to have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court. Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit announced in January that Dominica had received no objection from the...
February 19, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) --History was made on Monday as the panel of judges from Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) heard the first of three cases that are slated for examination at the court’s first itinerant sitting in Guyana. The sittings, which will conclude on Wednesday, are being held at...
February 13, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN): The motion of no confidence case remains in court in St Kitts and Nevis after the High Court ruled on Wednesday that it has jurisdiction in the matter. These are among the findings of Justice Darshan Ramdhani, who delivered his ruling on an application...
January 24, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The government of Dominica has moved one step closer in its attempt to formally recognize the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as it final court of appeal, with the British government’s approval of Dominica’s request to de-link from the Privy Council.
January 17, 2014
BELMOPAN, Belize -- At 11:30 am on Thursday, Belizean Rhett Fuller's 15-year fight against extradition to the United States to stand trial for his alleged participation in a 1990 murder in South Beach, Florida, came to end. Belize's attorney general and minister of foreign affairs Wilfred Elrington...
December 18, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The high court in St Kitts on Tuesday morning heard the matter pertaining to registrar of the high court Janine Harris-Lake versus the permanent secretary in the ministry of justice and legal affairs and the attorney general. Harris-Lake was on September 17 this year...
December 18, 2013
Demerara sugar of Guyana and the steelpan of Trinidad and Tobago are great Caribbean examples of the importance of prompt intellectual property (IP) protection. Demerara Sugar (Guyana) Two well-known cases touch upon the “Demerara” name, although neither case arose as a direct result of IP infringement.
December 12, 2013
What is intellectual property (IP)? IP is an idea that has been transformed into sight, touch, sound and even smell which, when protected under law, grants exclusive rights to the creator/owner. The painting in your head is simply an idea; the painting on a canvas may be your personal property.
December 5, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Legal Affairs Committee (LAC) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has discussed the implications for the Community and member states of the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling in the matter involving Shanique Myrie.
December 3, 2013
During June 2001, several farm workers (the “employees”) were all fired from Mayan King Ltd. (“Mayan”), the owner of citrus and banana farms. One of the issues for the Caribbean Court of Justice to decide was in a word, ‘Why’. Were they fired due to their involvement in trade union activity?
November 29, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Debate on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Bills will begin in the House of Representatives in Jamaica on Tuesday. This was disclosed by leader of government business in the Lower House and minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell...
November 26, 2013
Mortgages and loans are a regular, everyday part of commercial dealings. A lender lends money to a borrower and receives a form of security in the event repayment cannot be completed. Typically, security takes the form of some property which is owned by the borrower.
November 19, 2013
While the CCJ case of Roseal Services Limited v Challis  CCJ 7 (AJ) deals with quite a bit of procedural and technical points, it still offers assistance to the general public on what matters may appropriately be appealed to the CCJ and how to make specific appeals.
November 12, 2013
Ms Alleyne was a director of Wilson Enterprises, a Guyanese company which borrowed money from the Appellant Bank. The company defaulted on the loan and the bank sued Ms Alleyne as she had signed a guarantee acknowledging her personal liability to repay the loan.
November 8, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Allegations by former Nevis premier Joseph Parry and his former deputy that they have been wronged by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court have been rejected by attorney Emile Ferdinand QC. An election petition case in Nevis saw the parliamentary seat of...
November 6, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The region’s citizens are being urged to help influence reluctant politicians fully embrace the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The appeal was made by Queens Counsel Emile Ferdinand as he delivered a lecture on the CCJ as part of a week of activities...
November 5, 2013
The case of British Caribbean Bank Limited v. Attorney General of Belize arose out of a decision to nationalise the telecommunications industry in Belize. In 2009, the government took over Belize Telemedia Limited (“Telemedia”) and in 2011 it passed legislation to acquire the loan and...
November 4, 2013
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentian Magistrate Rechenne Browne-Mathias after presenting the Child Justice Bill to the second working session of the national juvenile justice reform project training conference in Kingstown, St Vincent, last Thursday afternoon, in a concise manner, then dealt with...
November 2, 2013
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Dominica’s legal affairs minister Ian Douglas has applauded the Dominican populace for the level of support shown thus far towards adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The CCJ was established in 2001, to replace the London-based Privy Council.
October 29, 2013
The Caribbean Court of Justice dismissed the appeal of Mr Clyde Anderson Grazette who was convicted for murder in Barbados. The prosecution’s case was mainly based on DNA evidence linking Grazette to the death of a young woman. Grazette argued that the judge was wrong to allow...
October 25, 2013
In the CCJ case Frank Gibson v The Attorney General  CCJ 3 (AJ) the CCJ clarified the full meaning of what is a fair trial. The Court decided that a person accused of crime had a right to State-funded assistance of an expert that would serve to help him present his defence in his trial.
October 24, 2013
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (WINN) -- Vincentian lawyer Kay Bacchus Browne has provided another endorsement of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. She said the justices involved get the job done despite having a heavy workload. Bacchus-Browne acknowledged, however, that sometimes rulings will...
October 22, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) -- A stout defence of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme court has been mounted by former Chief Justice Sir Brian Alleyne after it was accused by former deputy premier Hensley Daniel of having a hand in the defeat of the Nevis Reformation Party at the polls.
October 15, 2013
In a case which Justice Hayton called “a sad case where emotional feelings have clouded rational judgment,” the CCJ gave judgment in favour of the Sandy Lane Hotel in a wrongful dismissal claim brought by a former employee, Brigitte Laurayne. Mrs Laurayne was employed as Director of...
October 11, 2013
For years nationals of the 15 nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have complained of the discrimination they’ve experienced at the border controls of each other’s countries. This discrimination has ranged in many cases from extensive questioning before being allowed entry for a limited period...