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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...

Commentary: Should've, could've but didn't: Failure to protect your intellectual property

December 18, 2013
Commentary: Should've, could've but didn't: Failure to protect your intellectual property 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.

Commentary: How and why to protect your intellectual property

December 12, 2013
Commentary: How and why to protect your intellectual property 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.

CARICOM attorneys-general discuss implications of CCJ ruling

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.

CCJ Corner: Workers dismissed for union activity... Ouch!

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?

Debate on CCJ begins in Jamaica next week

November 29, 2013
Debate on CCJ begins in Jamaica next week 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...

CCJ Corner: Constructive notice and the Belizean Companies Registry

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.

CCJ Corner: The CCJ offers guidance on appeals

November 19, 2013
While the CCJ case of Roseal Services Limited v Challis [2012] 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.

CCJ Corner: Facts and evidence

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.

Allegations against Eastern Caribbean court rejected by attorney

November 8, 2013
Allegations against Eastern Caribbean court rejected by attorney 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...

Caribbean citizens urged to lobby governments on CCJ

November 6, 2013
Caribbean citizens urged to lobby governments on CCJ 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...

CCJ Corner: Anti-arbitration injunctions

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...

Specific guidelines for media called for in juvenile justice matters

November 4, 2013
Specific guidelines for media called for in juvenile justice matters 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...

Dominican support for CCJ applauded

November 2, 2013
Dominican support for CCJ applauded 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.

CCJ Corner: CCJ embraces DNA evidence

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...

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