News from the Caribbean:
September 2, 2015
OLVESTON, Montserrat -- A new website aimed at changing the way the lawyers and the general public access legal information and services, launched in the Caribbean on Tuesday. Westindianlawyers.com is an online portal servicing 18 jurisdictions in the English-speaking Caribbean.
August 27, 2015
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On 14 July 2015, Netherlands and Suriname reached agreement on the extension to cover Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten of the treaty between the two countries on the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of legal judgments and authentic acts in civil cases. As a result...
August 14, 2015
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Prime Minister Gaston Browne and leader of the opposition United Progressive Party, Baldwin Spencer, in the presence of governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda Sir Rodney Williams have signed a memorandum of understanding on constitutional reform paving the way for the country’s...
July 30, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Members of the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) are presently in St Kitts and Nevis, hosting its 2015 Judicial Conference. “It is an annual event where the judges come together to do judicial education training,”...
July 30, 2015
The international debate that has opened up regarding the International Criminal Court as a consequence of South Africa's decision not to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir while he was attending the recent African Union summit in Johannesburg and Palestine's successful application...
July 24, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A ruling this week by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) may have implications on how telecommunications companies dictate to their customers about what they can do with their internet service, according to local tech expert Russell Williams. The ruling delivered on Monday...
July 13, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Basil Williams said that the Guyana government will be examining acting Chief Justice Ian Chang’s ruling that the presidential term limit is unconstitutional. On Thursday, Chang ruled on a 2014 constitutional challenge...
July 10, 2015
LONDON, England -- The secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, on Thursday published a set of guiding principles for Commonwealth member countries on the appointment, tenure and removal of superior court judges. The compendium of guidelines will help to enshrine...
June 26, 2015
LONDON, England -- On Thursday, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) in London handed down its written judgment in relation to and appeal former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick seeking to enforce his right to trial by jury instead of by judge alone.
June 13, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Caribbean governments and judges are set to benefit from a new initiative to boost participation in international legal conventions, which will help improve access to justice for citizens. The Commonwealth Secretariat is working with other partners to promote...
May 19, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Assistance to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region in drafting legislation to further regional integration and economic growth, more legislative protection of vulnerable groups against discrimination, the training of mediators to assist parties in solving disputes...
May 14, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On Tuesday afternoon, the Lower House of the Jamaican Parliament secured the favourable majority vote required to have that country access the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) appellate jurisdiction. The three bills laid before the House of Representatives...
May 14, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Accolades honouring retiring stalwart of regional jurisprudence, Cayman Appeals Court Justice Elliott Mottley, reflected a legacy of regional service that “only a very few lawyers and judges can claim,” in judgments that have “enriched the law books of Belize...
May 12, 2015
LONDON, England -- The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London on Monday reportedly threw a monkey wrench in the plans of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick by denying his appeal seeking to enforce his right to trial by jury instead of by judge alone.
May 9, 2015
PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Provo Air Center (PAC) has applied to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Court of Appeal, seeking to overturn last month’s refusal by the territory’s Supreme Court to review the legality of recent decisions by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (TCIAA) and...
May 6, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- New non-resident judge, Nick Segal, who was appointed to serve on the Financial Services Division (FSD) of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in January, commenced hearing cases last Thursday. Segal will serve from time-to-time as required.
April 22, 2015
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The full bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice is in Belize this week for the first time for itinerant sittings from 20-23 April, 2015. The sittings are being held in Courtroom 1, Supreme Court of Belize. This is the fourth itinerant sitting of the court, with previous sittings being held in Barbados...
April 18, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) celebrates ten years since it began its operations as the exclusive court for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy and as the court designed to replace the British Privy Council as the final court of appeal...
April 7, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Cayman Islands judiciary and its legal fraternities last week hosted the highest ranking member of the British judiciary ever to visit the territory in that capacity. A justice of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Lord Mance, was there as keynote speaker...
April 4, 2015
BALTIMORE, USA -- Over 750 victims have sued the Rockefeller Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, alleging...
March 31, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee was sworn in by Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona as a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday at a ceremony in Port of Spain. Carmona praised Rajnauth-Lee for her “selfless sacrifice”.
March 26, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, recently presented a lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, which underscored the impact and influence of the Magna Carta on Caribbean law.
March 24, 2015
LONDON, England -- Commonwealth law experts will meet in New York to ensure negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda reflect rule of law and justice perspectives of small states. The meetings will take place from 23-27 March 2015 during the UN’s third session of the post-2015...
March 18, 2015
ARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On March 13, 2015, the FHR Lim A Po School of Law in Paramaribo participated in the seventh annual Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) International Law Moot Competition in Trinidad and Tobago. Suriname finished third, bringing prestige to the FHR Lim A Po School of Law.
March 18, 2015
Mr Feizal Mohamed Amin (‘Mr Amin’), a gas station owner, had an agreement with Guyana Oil Company Ltd (‘Guyoil’), for Guyoil to supply him with petroleum and petroleum products. Guyoil claimed that between September 5 and September 28, 2005, Mr Amin failed to pay them for goods delivered.
March 10, 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica (WINN) -- Having officially bid farewell to the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Dominica is now encouraging the rest of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to fully embrace the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as soon as possible.
March 10, 2015
The case of Clyde Brown v Moore illustrates that an appeal does not mean ‘ask until you get what you want.’ Instead, in applications for special leave, the resources of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) are to be used by litigants who have a case that has some prospects of success.