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Commentary: Celebrate the CCJ - and empower it

March 6, 2015
Commentary: Celebrate the CCJ - and empower it 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...

Mediation programme aims to reduce backlogs in CARICOM courts

February 28, 2015
Mediation programme aims to reduce backlogs in CARICOM courts 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...

Puerto Rico debt restructuring law thrown out by federal judge

February 9, 2015
Puerto Rico debt restructuring law thrown out by federal judge 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...

Caribbean legal research information going digital

February 7, 2015
Caribbean legal research information going digital 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...

Appeal court discharges St Kitts-Nevis boundaries injunction

February 6, 2015
Appeal court discharges St Kitts-Nevis boundaries injunction 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...

CCJ launches pilot project in Grenada

February 5, 2015
CCJ launches pilot project in Grenada 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.

CCJ Corner: CCJ dismisses academic appeal

January 21, 2015
CCJ Corner: CCJ dismisses academic appeal 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...

Commentary: CARICOM and intellectual property law and policy: What next?

January 19, 2015
Commentary: CARICOM and intellectual property law and policy: What next? 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...

Regional legal and judicial professionals join Cayman Islands judiciary

January 8, 2015
Regional legal and judicial professionals join Cayman Islands judiciary 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.

Trinidad judge accused of misconduct

December 29, 2014
Trinidad judge accused of misconduct 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...

New judge joins the Cayman Islands court of appeal

November 8, 2014
New judge joins the Cayman Islands court of appeal GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Sir Bernard Rix, a recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal with 20 years’ experience in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales, commenced sitting this week in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. As a barrister, judge, and more recently...

Bahamas to host family law conference

October 24, 2014
Bahamas to host family law conference NASSAU, Bahamas -- The second International Society of Family Law (ISFL) Caribbean Regional Conference will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, from November 19- 21, 2014. Justice Desiree Bernard, retired judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, will speak at the opening ceremony on...

More than 1,100 additional Haitian cholera victims join UN lawsuit

October 15, 2014
More than 1,100 additional Haitian cholera victims join UN lawsuit NEW YORK, USA -- As calls for the United Nations to admit liability and compensate the victims of the Haitian cholera epidemic continue, attorneys for the victims in a proposed class action lawsuit filed in Brooklyn, New York, announced on Tuesday that more than 1,100 additional plaintiffs...

Trinidad court dismisses constitution motion

October 8, 2014
Trinidad court dismisses constitution motion PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- High Court judge Justice Frank Seepersad has dismissed as premature a constitutional motion filed by the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) challenging the constitutionality of the Constitution Amendment Bill in Trinidad and Tobago. The government has therefore scored a victory.

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.

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