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St Lucia hosts 13th regional law conference of the OECS Bar Association

September 22, 2016
St Lucia hosts 13th regional law conference of the OECS Bar Association CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Prof. Velma Newton, the regional project director of IMPACT Justice, a Canadian government sponsored project being implemented from within the Caribbean Law Institute Centre, Cave Hill Campus, attended the 13th Regional Law Conference of the OECS Bar...

Court orders St Kitts-Nevis tourism minister to pay election debts

September 21, 2016
Court orders St Kitts-Nevis tourism minister to pay election debts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has ordered St Kitts and Nevis tourism minister, Lindsay Grant, to pay election consulting fees owed to BuzzMaker, an international political consulting firm that has worked on hundreds of high profile political campaigns across the...

IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus

September 5, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 948 law books to the Faculty of Law of the UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica. The official handing over ceremony for these books takes place...

Lawsuit filed against Dominica government over concert cancellation

August 30, 2016
Lawsuit filed against Dominica government over concert cancellation ROSEAU, Dominica -- Cabral Douglas, son of former prime minister of Dominica Rosie Douglas, has officially filed legal proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the government of Dominica over the cancellation of a concert caused by what is described in court documents...

IMPACT Justice Project releases overview of model sexual harassment legislation

August 25, 2016
IMPACT Justice Project releases overview of model sexual harassment legislation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice), a five year regional justice reform project funded by the government of Canada, has release an overview of model sexual harassment legislation for the region. IMPACT Justice is implemented...

Belize decision a significant human rights landmark, says UN special envoy

August 20, 2016
Belize decision a significant human rights landmark, says UN special envoy BELMOPAN, Belize -- The decision of the government of Belize to accept the judgment of the High Court to decriminalise consensual sexual acts between adults in private has been described as a significant human rights landmark. Dr Edward Greene, United Nations (UN) secretary...

Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects

August 17, 2016
Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentians are benefitting from a modernized juvenile justice system and are better equipped to adapt to climate change as a result of two major projects supported by the US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road

August 17, 2016
IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has appointed three consultants to conduct interviews of key stakeholders in the region for its legal education survey. The consultants are Dr Adrian Cummins...

After landmark ruling in Belize, human rights groups hope Caribbean tide is turning towards LGBT equality

August 16, 2016
After landmark ruling in Belize, human rights groups hope Caribbean tide is turning towards LGBT equality BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Following in the wake of Hurricane Earl, a wind of change blew through Belize last week in the form of a widely anticipated court decision. On August 10, 2016, chief justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin struck down Section 53 of the Criminal Code, a colonial-era...

Belize strikes down anti-sodomy laws

August 12, 2016
Belize strikes down anti-sodomy laws BELMOPAN, Belize -- The Belize Supreme Court on Wednesday made a historic ruling in favour of gay activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country’s anti-sodomy law. This is the first case launched in the Caribbean and the first case where the sodomy laws have been overturned.

Multi-billion-dollar international litigation begins in the Cayman Islands

July 20, 2016
Multi-billion-dollar international litigation begins in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The world’s spotlight is on the Cayman Islands courts with the largest trial in the history of the jurisdiction, with billions of dollars at stake, which began on Tuesday. The case, to be presided over by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, involves worldwide allegations...

Trinidad court overturns new law on police commissioner selection process

July 16, 2016
Trinidad court overturns new law on police commissioner selection process PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Thursday, the high court in Port of Spain ruled against the attorney general of Trinidad and Tobago in a challenge to the constitutionality of a 2015 Order brought by retired police inspector Harridath Maharaj, who was represented in court by the leader of the opposition...

Stanford seeks review of conviction and sentence from US Supreme Court

July 8, 2016
Stanford seeks review of conviction and sentence from US Supreme Court MIAMI, USA -- The Antigua-Barbuda offshore banker/Ponzi schemer R Allen Stanford, whose conviction and virtual life sentence was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, has, through counsel, filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, in the United States Supreme Court. It is up to the...

Court reinstates breach of trust, misfeasance claim against St Lucia PM

July 6, 2016
Court reinstates breach of trust, misfeasance claim against St Lucia PM CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In a ruling handed down on Monday, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal reinstated a claim against Allen Chastanet, the newly elected prime minister of Saint Lucia, alleging breach of trust and misfeasance in public office. The action had previously been struck out.

St Vincent resort developer begins action against accountants in UK court

June 15, 2016
St Vincent resort developer begins action against accountants in UK court LONDON, England -- A court case cited by The Lawyer magazine as one of the most significant to come to trial in 2016 started on Tuesday in London, in which Harlequin, the developer of the Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines, is suing UK accountants Wilkins Kennedy...

CCJ dismisses gay rights case

June 13, 2016
CCJ dismisses gay rights case PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday delivered its highly anticipated judgment in the case of Maurice Tomlinson v the State of Belize and the State of Trinidad and Tobago. Tomlinson, a Jamaican national, a homosexual and prominent LGBTI...

CCJ signs MOU on harmonising business law in Caribbean

May 23, 2016
CCJ signs MOU on harmonising business law in Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has signed a cooperation agreement with the ACP Legal Association, which is based in Guadeloupe and executes the Organisation for Harmonisation of Business Law in the Caribbean (OHADAC) Project.

US court called on to fine USVI attorney general for bad faith

May 18, 2016
US court called on to fine USVI attorney general for bad faith WASHINGTON, USA -- The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a non-profit, libertarian think tank, on Monday asked the District of Columbia Superior Court to fine US Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker for violating the organization’s First Amendment rights under the District...

Justice minister praises Jamaica's judges

May 17, 2016
Justice minister praises Jamaica's judges KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Delroy Chuck, minister of justice in Jamaica, has praised the country’s judges for their high levels of integrity and professionalism in the execution of their duties. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST)...

Civil asset recovery advocacy workshop held in Grenada

May 11, 2016
Civil asset recovery advocacy workshop held in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- On May 9-10, the US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS partnered with the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to provide training on Grenada to regional attorneys and financial investigators.

US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda

April 30, 2016
US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela, praised ongoing juvenile justice reform efforts in Antigua and Barbuda during a close-out ceremony for the Antigua segment of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean...

How to avoid common legal mistakes in Forex trading

April 16, 2016
How to avoid common legal mistakes in Forex trading Foreign exchange is the most popular market in the world, with $5 trillion traded every day. It is the perfect market for amateur traders to get involved in. But its easy accessibility can be hazardous. Many amateur traders end up making legal mistakes, some of which are serious.

Letter: Of the CCJ and the Privy Council

April 15, 2016
Letter: Of the CCJ and the Privy Council There is much anxiety, trepidation even, among the citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, as the government has signaled its intention to hold a national referendum to determine whether the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council should be replaced by the Caribbean Court of Justice...

Regional bar associations should promote CCJ more, says St Kitts-Nevis governor general

April 4, 2016
Regional bar associations should promote CCJ more, says St Kitts-Nevis governor general BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis Governor General Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton believes that regional bar associations have dropped the ball on promoting the merits of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Seaton made the remarks while participating in...

US Supreme Court asks solicitor general to weigh in on Belize petition

March 31, 2016
US Supreme Court asks solicitor general to weigh in on Belize petition MINNEAPOLIS, USA -- On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States called for the views of the solicitor general regarding the government of Belize’s petition for a writ of certiorari from a decision by the DC Circuit. Belize’s petition asks the Court to resolve a circuit split between...

US Supreme Court declines to review convictions and sentences of two senior Stanford executives

March 26, 2016
US Supreme Court declines to review convictions and sentences of two senior Stanford executives MIAMI, USA -- The former Antigua and Barbuda-based Ponzi king, R Allen Stanford, who is preparing to file a petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, may be wasting his time. The high court recently refused to hear certiorari petitions filed on behalf of two...

IMPACT Justice legal profession legislation committee meets in Trinidad

March 22, 2016
IMPACT Justice legal profession legislation committee meets in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Legal Profession Legislation Committee of the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) is meeting to discuss a model legal profession bill which will be drafted by IMPACT Justice...

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