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Raising the Bar: Sir Dennis Byron charts new course for Caribbean justice

January 21, 2017
Raising the Bar: Sir Dennis Byron charts new course for Caribbean justice PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- After Sir Dennis Byron was sworn in as president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in September 2011, it was no surprise that he immediately set about transforming the institution. His reputation as an innovator and court reformer by then had already been...

Stanford still fighting his conviction and 110-year sentence

January 19, 2017
Stanford still fighting his conviction and 110-year sentence MIAMI, USA -- In what can only be regarded as utter arrogance, in the face of what should have been the last gasp of a scoundrel, the king of the Ponzi schemers, R Allen Stanford, whose Antigua and Barbuda-based Stanford International Bank ruined hundreds of lives, has filed a petition for...

Commentary: Abuse of process

January 18, 2017
Commentary: Abuse of process In January of 2012, I, Collister M. Fahie along with Jade Caines-Lewis and Tamarni Huggins, became victims of the “abuse of process”. We were arrested and incarcerated, allegedly for fraud, forgery, grand larceny, aiding and abetting, and submitting fraudulent documents on a public office.

Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator

January 13, 2017
Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Doubt has been raised in Haiti over the legality of the extradition of elected senator Guy Philippe on January 5, with many referring to the agreement signed on October 17, 1997 between US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President René Préval...

CCJ debuts electronic court management system

January 13, 2017
CCJ debuts electronic court management system PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, has been a fervent advocate for greater use of technology within regional judiciaries. In January 2017, this drive was enhanced by the implementation of a bespoke electronic court management...

US to assist Jamaica with introduction of plea bargaining

December 24, 2016
US to assist Jamaica with introduction of plea bargaining WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department has agreed to assist the Jamaican government in introducing the concept of plea bargaining to the island’s justice system with a view to reducing the backlog within the nation’s courts. Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said the State Department has...

Commentary: Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the death penalty today

December 23, 2016
Commentary: Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the death penalty today Seventy years after its publication John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men continues to stimulate debate, pro and con, about the death penalty. But justifying capital punishment was the last thing on the mind of the author, a liberal thinker who created the character of Lennie to increase our understanding...

CCJ rules against regulator in Belize telecommunications dispute

December 14, 2016
CCJ rules against regulator in Belize telecommunications dispute PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CCJ) -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) last week delivered its judgment in the case of Speednet Communications Limited v Public Utilities Commission. The CCJ, the highest appellate court in Belize, reversed the Court of Appeal and found that Speednet...

Caribbean lawyers form group to offer social justice, pro bono services

December 12, 2016
Caribbean lawyers form group to offer social justice, pro bono services PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Over 40 lawyers from 13 Caribbean countries have answered a call to provide pro bono legal services to inadequately served populations that are especially vulnerable to human rights abuses and are most vulnerable to HIV.  The lawyers participated in...

Caribbean Court of Justice pioneers new technology to improve court performance

December 12, 2016
Caribbean Court of Justice pioneers new technology to improve court performance PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A suite of new high-tech court management systems is to be adopted by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The CCJ will be one of the first adopters of a set of technology-enabled systems for electronic filing of court documents, case management and court...

Venezuela state oil company seeks compensation in 'staggering' US bribe case

December 7, 2016
Venezuela state oil company seeks compensation in 'staggering' US bribe case HOUSTON, USA -- A unit of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has asked a US court to order two businessmen to compensate it for carrying out a "staggering" bribery scheme that cost the company $600 million in losses. A motion filed last week...

US Supreme Court denies Stanford certiorari petition

November 30, 2016
US Supreme Court denies Stanford certiorari petition WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Allen Stanford, whose prior District Court conviction and sentence was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit. Stanford's best opportunity to revisit his criminal case has failed.

Grenada court denies application for injunction to stop constitutional referendum

November 24, 2016
Grenada court denies application for injunction to stop constitutional referendum ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- An attempt to stop Grenada’s first referendum since independence from taking place on Thursday has been dismissed. A high court judge on Tuesday refused an application by attorney Jimmy Bristol, acting on behalf of Valerie Thompson Duncan.

Decriminalising marijuana a complex issue, says Barbados attorney general

November 17, 2016
Decriminalising marijuana a complex issue, says Barbados attorney general BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados will not be decriminalising marijuana just because other countries are doing so, without the proper supporting information on its effects, said attorney general, Adriel Brathwaite, who restated his position in the debate on legalising marijuana.

Court rules USVI wrongly cut union members pay

November 17, 2016
Court rules USVI wrongly cut union members pay GARDENDALE, USA -- Reversing the US District Court for the Virgin Islands, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the government of the US Virgin Islands acted illegally in passing the Virgin Islands Economic Stability Act of 2011 (VIESA) to...

Regional organisation promotes intellectual property, innovation, and technology in the Caribbean

November 17, 2016
Regional organisation promotes intellectual property, innovation, and technology in the Caribbean MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The Caribbean and Americas Intellectual Property Organization (CAAIPO) was established in October 2015 under the laws of Jamaica, in response to the need for substantial research, information and action in the field of intellectual property law and...

IMPACT Justice sponsors restorative practices workshops in Belize

November 1, 2016
IMPACT Justice sponsors restorative practices workshops in Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Approximately 123 educators, ministry of education officers, and other stakeholders will receive training in restorative practices in four workshops in Belize being sponsored by the Canadian-government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) project.

Legal case against former speaker will not be dropped, says St Kitts-Nevis AG

October 29, 2016
Legal case against former speaker will not be dropped, says St Kitts-Nevis AG BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Attorney General Vincent Byron said that the previous Douglas-led administration in St Kitts and Nevis “walked on the constitution” when for 26 months the former speaker of the house, Curtis Martin, “refused to table a motion of no confidence...

IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library

October 29, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 244 books (192 titles) to the University of Guyana Library as part of its efforts to improve the provision of legal information in Caribbean...

Trinidad appeal court rejects opposition election challenge

October 21, 2016
Trinidad appeal court rejects opposition election challenge PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Court of Appeal in Port of Spain, Trinidad, took just two hours on Monday to reject an appeal by the opposition United National Congress (UNC) challenging the dismissal of its election petitions over the results of last year's general election. Chief Justice Ivor Archie...

Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 3

October 20, 2016
Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 3 What states have adopted the CCJ as their final appellate court? They are: Barbados, Guyana, Belize and the Commonwealth of Dominica. Jamaica attempted to do so but the Labour government and certain interest groups challenged the legislation in the case of Independent Jamaica Council...

Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 2

October 19, 2016
Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 2 Since 1970, Jamaica raised the issue of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) having a final appellate court for its members and, at long last, the Caribbean Court of Justice, the CCJ, was established by an agreement among CARICOM states dated 14 February 2001.Initially, ten...

IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean

October 18, 2016
IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project continues its survey of legal education this week. The IMPACT Justice consultants, Professor Jane Ching, Dr Noel Watson and Dr Adrian Cummins QC...

Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 1

October 18, 2016
Commentary: The Privy Council versus the CCJ - A question of conscience? Part 1 As the date for Grenada’s constitutional referendum looms, I chose to reflect on the issue of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the JCPC for short, versus the Caribbean Court of Justice, the CCJ, a subject I thought I knew something about. After all I had been a judge of the...

IMPACT Justice brings community mediation training to Guyana

October 8, 2016
IMPACT Justice brings community mediation training to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is bringing its community mediation training programme to Guyana in a bid to build capacity for community mediation services in the region.

Leading UK human rights barrister retained in CCJ case against Dominica

October 6, 2016
Leading UK human rights barrister retained in CCJ case against Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Attorney at law Cabral Douglas, who has launched a US$3 million lawsuit against the government of Dominica over the Tommy Lee affair, has retained one of England’s top barristers, Dr Leslie Thomas QC, to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad.

St Lucia and French governments sign judicial agreements

October 6, 2016
St Lucia and French governments sign judicial agreements CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia and France have signed two agreements to aid both countries in criminal matters. On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement in Criminal Matters and the Extradition Agreement were signed by the prime minister of Saint Lucia...

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