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New Cayman Islands court of appeal judge appointed

August 14, 2014
New Cayman Islands court of appeal judge appointed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- An advocate and judge, who is widely known in the Caribbean and elsewhere in the Commonwealth for his advocacy for the rights of citizens against government actions, has been appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Sir George Newman was sworn in on Monday.

Dominica parliament approves Caribbean Court of Justice; Antigua to hold referendum

July 3, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica (WINN) -- The Dominica Parliament has approved the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final court. The parliament late on Tuesday passed a bill to amend the constitution to facilitate the move. Only elected members were allowed to vote on the issue.

Former Grenada revolutionary government minister scores legal victory in UK court

July 1, 2014
LONDON, England -- The high court in the United Kingdom has ruled that, notwithstanding his convictions in relation to the deaths of prime minister Maurice Bishop and others in Grenada on October 19, 1983, Selwyn Strachan, the former People’s Revolutionary Government...

CCJ Corner: Free movement for CARICOM nationals

June 25, 2014
In the case of Shanique Myrie v State of Barbados [2013] CCJ 3 (OJ) the Caribbean Court of Justice declared the law on an important aspect of Caribbean integration law. It made clear the existence and scope of the right of free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regime.

CCJ Corner: Creating Caribbean law

June 18, 2014
Consistent with its vision to foster a unique Caribbean jurisprudence, the CCJ has taken another step in its journey to creating this indigenous body of law. This time it did so in the Guyanese case of Rosemarie Ramdehol v Haimwant Ramdehol [2013] CCJ 9 (AJ).

Barbados has not yet paid damages awarded to Jamaican visitor

June 17, 2014
Barbados has not yet paid damages awarded to Jamaican visitor KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, says the delay in the payment of $3.6 million to Shanique Myrie should not be blamed on the government of Jamaica. Myrie was awarded damages totaling JA$3.6 million (Bds$75,000 / US$37,500).

CCJ Corner: CCJ resolves family battle

June 11, 2014
The Caribbean Court of Justice continues to demonstrate that it is here to serve the people of the region even in instances where families have been unable to resolve their own conflicts. One such instance is seen in the Guyanese case of Aslim Sheermohamed v Azeez Sheermohammed.

CCJ Corner: Timing is everything

June 4, 2014
The Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) decision in Freddy Oystein Weel examines the considerations that Court will take into account where an Appellant applies for special leave to appeal in circumstances where there has been delay and non-compliance with conditions imposed by...

Former Antigua-Barbuda police commissioner loses unlawful dismissal appeal

June 2, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In a majority decision delivered last Monday, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal brought by former Antigua and Barbuda Commissioner of Police Gary Nelson in an effort to overturn a decision of the High Court, which had also ruled against him.

CCJ Corner: Opening statements

May 27, 2014
The applicant, Da Costa Handel Marshall was jointly charged with Davidson Jones for importation, possession and trafficking 346.6 kilograms of cannabis (marijuana) under the Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act of Barbados. Both men were found by police in a broken down boat.

Town hall meeting to educate Grenada citizens on CCJ

May 19, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- As Grenada pushes forward with constitutional reform, one of the issues raised is making the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the nation’s final appellate court. Supporting Grenada’s move to the CCJ is Elvin Nimrod, minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique affairs.

St Kitts-Nevis boundaries case examines consultation process

May 17, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- What does 'consultation' mean? That question was argued on Thursday as the constituency boundaries changes case in St Kitts and Nevis unfolded in the Basseterre High Court. The legal representative for opposition MPs, Douglas Mendes SC...

Former Digicel employee files sexual harassment suit against the telecoms giant

May 15, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Justice Kirk Anderson of the Jamaica Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned a three-day hearing of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Digicel Group director Jean Blackstock. Blackstock worked as the human resources director from 2000 to 2004.

$2.5 billion claim against Cayman Islands companies to go to trial

April 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, 14 April 2014, Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company ("AHAB") won two rulings in the Cayman Islands against ten companies created and controlled by Maan Al Sanea as the principal offshore component of a fraudulent scheme.

Eastern Caribbean magistrates meet in St Kitts to discuss judicial ethics and independence

April 3, 2014
Eastern Caribbean magistrates meet in St Kitts to discuss judicial ethics and independence BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- A three-day conference for magistrates on judicial ethics, judicial independence and coroner’s jurisdiction is being held in St Kitts by the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Bahamas bank denied leave to appeal $34.2 million claim to Privy Council

March 29, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Court of Appeal has ruled against an application by UBS (Bahamas) to appeal a decision of the court to the Privy Council in London, saying the case at hand is not one of general public importance. UBS had sought leave to appeal...

Caribbean chief justices participate in workshop on drug treatment courts

March 24, 2014
VANCOUVER, Canada -- The Organization of American States (OAS), in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP), held last week in Vancouver, Canada, a drug treatment court (DTC) exchange and on-site study program event.

Barbados will comply with CCJ ruling, says PM

March 17, 2014
Barbados will comply with CCJ ruling, says PM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, says his country is committed to complying with the decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the Shanique Myrie ruling. Stuart was addressing journalists at a press conference convened following the conclusion of the...

Haitian cholera victims file lawsuit in New York to hold UN responsible

March 12, 2014
Haitian cholera victims file lawsuit in New York to hold UN responsible NEW YORK, USA -- With clear evidence that the United Nations is responsible for the massive Haitian cholera contagion affecting many nations and injuring and killing citizens across the Western Hemisphere, 1,500 Haitian plaintiffs – including several New Yorkers and US citizens who lost family members...

Privy Council slashes US$46 million judgment against Antigua-Barbuda

March 1, 2014
Privy Council slashes US$46 million judgment against Antigua-Barbuda 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...

Grenada owes $3.3 million in arrears to OECS Supreme Court

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...

CCJ a move towards full independence, says Dominica minister

February 21, 2014
CCJ a move towards full independence, says Dominica minister 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...

CCJ hears first case in Guyana

February 19, 2014
CCJ hears first case in Guyana 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...

Both sides claim victory in St Kitts-Nevis no confidence motion case

February 13, 2014
Both sides claim victory in St Kitts-Nevis no confidence motion case 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...

Dominica given go ahead by Britain to sever ties with Privy Council

January 24, 2014
Dominica given go ahead by Britain to sever ties with Privy Council 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.

Long-standing US extradition request finally denied by Belize

January 17, 2014
Long-standing US extradition request finally denied by Belize 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...

St Kitts high court hears registrar's case

December 18, 2013
St Kitts high court hears registrar's case 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...

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