News from the Caribbean:
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...
October 8, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson says that the ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the Shanique Myrie case is of “huge significance”, not only to Jamaica but to all other CARICOM member states.
October 8, 2013
The Caribbean Court of Justice has made a strong statement that neither ‘poverty’ nor ‘foreignness’ can be used to hinder access to justice. It overturned a decision of the Barbados Court of Appeal ordering Ms Knox to pay, before her appeal could even be heard, $175,000 as security for costs.
October 7, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica (WINN) -- Jamaican Shanique Myrie is elated with the decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice that awarded her damages of over $US38,000 for unjust treatment by Barbados immigration officials when she sought to enter that country in 2011.
October 7, 2013
The Caribbean Court of Justice has handed down a landmark decision in finding in favour of Ms Shanique Myrie in the case brought against Barbados for being denied entry, verbally and physically abused, and deported back to Jamaica, on March 14-15 2011. In handing down its decision the CCJ has done more than...
October 5, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a landmark judgment, delivered at the court’s headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) awarded Jamaican national, Shanique Myrie, Bds$75,000 (US$37,500) damages to be paid by Barbados.
October 5, 2013
In recent years the Caribbean has been placed under a considerable amount of pressure to comply with international regimen on intellectual property rights. This is in no small part the result of World Trade Organization requirements that signatory countries to its agreements must also become TRIPS compliant.
October 1, 2013
After initiating no less than six proceedings in a range of different courts, Delroy Garraway’s claim was brought to a final rest in the Caribbean Court of Justice. In Garraway v Williams  CCJ 12 (AJ), after dismissing Mr. Garraway’s appeal, the CCJ ordered him to give up possession of...
September 24, 2013
In the case of Julian Francis v The Queen the CCJ had to referee a frequent battle in criminal trials over the use of confessions to prove guilt. In this battle, Francis was convicted and sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for stealing a motor car where the prosecution’s case hinged on two confessions.
September 19, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Janice Pereira believes the time is now right for the region’s court to find other sources of revenue, rather than relying on the executive for financial support. The chief justice was speaking at a special sitting of the...
September 17, 2013
CARICOM has established a Competition Commission that investigates and polices anti-competitive business behavior throughout the CARICOM region. In the CCJ case of Trinidad Cement Limited v The Competition Commission Trinidad Cement Limited (“TCL”) brought an action...