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New online portal provides access to legal services and information in the Anglophone Caribbean

September 2, 2015
New online portal provides access to legal services and information in the Anglophone Caribbean 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.

Reciprocal enforcement of legal judgments extended between Suriname and Dutch Antilles

August 27, 2015
Reciprocal enforcement of legal judgments extended between Suriname and Dutch Antilles 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...

Antigua and Barbuda paving way for accession to CCJ

August 14, 2015
Antigua and Barbuda paving way for accession to CCJ 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...

Regional judges explore improved access to justice

July 30, 2015
Regional judges explore improved access to justice 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,”...

Commentary: The Caribbean and the International Criminal Court: Time to leave?

July 30, 2015
Commentary: The Caribbean and the International Criminal Court: Time to leave? 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...

CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region

July 24, 2015
CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region 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...

Guyana government to examine court ruling on presidential term limit

July 13, 2015
Guyana government to examine court ruling on presidential term limit 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...

Commonwealth announces principles for judicial appointments, tenure and removal

July 10, 2015
Commonwealth announces principles for judicial appointments, tenure and removal 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...

Privy Council affirms no trial by jury in Turks and Caicos corruption cases

June 26, 2015
Privy Council affirms no trial by jury in Turks and Caicos corruption cases 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.

Improving access to justice in the Caribbean

June 13, 2015
Improving access to justice in the Caribbean 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...

Canadian-funded justice project launched at UWI

May 19, 2015
Canadian-funded justice project launched at UWI 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...

Lower House in Jamaica votes yes to CCJ; Bills now move to Senate

May 14, 2015
Lower House in Jamaica votes yes to CCJ; Bills now move to Senate 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...

Legal fraternity and judiciary mark retirement of Cayman Islands appeal court judge

May 14, 2015
Legal fraternity and judiciary mark retirement of Cayman Islands appeal court judge 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...

Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former Turks and Caicos premier's plans

May 12, 2015
Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former Turks and Caicos premier's plans 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.

Turks and Caicos government accused of illegal land grab

May 9, 2015
Turks and Caicos government accused of illegal land grab 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...

New Cayman Islands financial court judge commences hearing cases

May 6, 2015
New Cayman Islands financial court judge commences hearing cases 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.

CCJ sits in Belize for first time

April 22, 2015
CCJ sits in Belize for first time 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...

On tenth anniversary, CCJ boasts of high quality of court's jurisprudence

April 18, 2015
On tenth anniversary, CCJ boasts of high quality of court's jurisprudence 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...

High ranking UK judge delivers guest lecture in the Cayman Islands

April 7, 2015
High ranking UK judge delivers guest lecture in the Cayman Islands 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...

US institutions behind horrific human syphilis experiments, allege Guatemalan victims in lawsuit

April 4, 2015
US institutions behind horrific human syphilis experiments, allege Guatemalan victims in lawsuit 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...

New CCJ judge sworn in

March 31, 2015
New CCJ judge sworn in 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”.

CCJ president reviews the impact and influence of the Magna Carta on Caribbean law

March 26, 2015
CCJ president reviews the impact and influence of the Magna Carta on Caribbean law 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.

Small states to have say on rule of law and justice in post-2015 negotiations

March 24, 2015
Small states to have say on rule of law and justice in post-2015 negotiations 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...

Suriname takes part in Caribbean law moot competition

March 18, 2015
Suriname takes part in Caribbean law moot competition 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.

CCJ Corner: CCJ rules in gas station dispute

March 18, 2015
CCJ Corner: CCJ rules in gas station dispute 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.

Other OECS states urged to follow Dominica's CCJ example

March 10, 2015
Other OECS states urged to follow Dominica's CCJ example 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.

CCJ Corner: CCJ says no to serial litigation

March 10, 2015
CCJ Corner: CCJ says no to serial litigation 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.

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