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US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda

April 30, 2016
US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela, praised ongoing juvenile justice reform efforts in Antigua and Barbuda during a close-out ceremony for the Antigua segment of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean...

How to avoid common legal mistakes in Forex trading

April 16, 2016
How to avoid common legal mistakes in Forex trading Foreign exchange is the most popular market in the world, with $5 trillion traded every day. It is the perfect market for amateur traders to get involved in. But its easy accessibility can be hazardous. Many amateur traders end up making legal mistakes, some of which are serious.

Letter: Of the CCJ and the Privy Council

April 15, 2016
Letter: Of the CCJ and the Privy Council There is much anxiety, trepidation even, among the citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, as the government has signaled its intention to hold a national referendum to determine whether the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council should be replaced by the Caribbean Court of Justice...

Regional bar associations should promote CCJ more, says St Kitts-Nevis governor general

April 4, 2016
Regional bar associations should promote CCJ more, says St Kitts-Nevis governor general BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis Governor General Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton believes that regional bar associations have dropped the ball on promoting the merits of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Seaton made the remarks while participating in...

US Supreme Court asks solicitor general to weigh in on Belize petition

March 31, 2016
US Supreme Court asks solicitor general to weigh in on Belize petition MINNEAPOLIS, USA -- On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States called for the views of the solicitor general regarding the government of Belize’s petition for a writ of certiorari from a decision by the DC Circuit. Belize’s petition asks the Court to resolve a circuit split between...

US Supreme Court declines to review convictions and sentences of two senior Stanford executives

March 26, 2016
US Supreme Court declines to review convictions and sentences of two senior Stanford executives MIAMI, USA -- The former Antigua and Barbuda-based Ponzi king, R Allen Stanford, who is preparing to file a petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, may be wasting his time. The high court recently refused to hear certiorari petitions filed on behalf of two...

IMPACT Justice legal profession legislation committee meets in Trinidad

March 22, 2016
IMPACT Justice legal profession legislation committee meets in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Legal Profession Legislation Committee of the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) is meeting to discuss a model legal profession bill which will be drafted by IMPACT Justice...

Letter: Researching the future of vocational legal education in the Caribbean

March 9, 2016
Letter: Researching the future of vocational legal education in the Caribbean I am an attorney-at-law and a course director at the Hugh Wooding Law School pursuing a doctoral degree in education at Sheffield University. My research is on vocational legal education in the Caribbean and is focused on where we are now and where we need to go in order to make...

UK supreme court ruling could fuel regional appeals

February 20, 2016
UK supreme court ruling could fuel regional appeals GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Defence attorneys in the Cayman Islands believe that a very important ruling in the UK this week regarding the misinterpretation by the courts for the last 30 years over crimes involving joint enterprise will impact a number of serving prisoners and future cases in the region.

IMPACT Justice project to host media law workshop in Barbados

February 20, 2016
IMPACT Justice project to host media law workshop in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Media personnel from across the region are scheduled to attend a media law workshop hosted by the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice). IMPACT Justice, which is a regional justice sector...

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...

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