News from the Caribbean:
May 10, 2013
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- In what must be a landmark decision, a tiny Grenadian accounting firm, Louison Consulting, has defeated the multi-national PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a case before the OECS High Court.
May 9, 2013
TAMPA, USA -- The US Department of Justice has announced that investors who lost money from investments in companies operated by convicted Jamaican fraudster David Smith, doing business as Overseas Locket International Corporation (OLINT)...
May 2, 2013
The last decade has seen the emergence of the internet at a pace that has left those who use it scrambling to grasp at the enormity of its existence. Policymakers, rights holders, legislators, content creators, users, producers, and a host of others...
April 25, 2013
Over the past few years, we have been hearing a lot about ungrateful artistes bamboozling their managers out of both earned money and future earnings. We are led to believe that this is a new phenomenon but it is not. In fact, this is an old problem, garnering new...
April 18, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Former prime minister of Jamaica, PJ Patterson, has called for greater public education and a focused response to the many facets of cyber law in the face of the severe dangers posed by illicit operations in cyberspace.
March 20, 2013
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On Monday, the High Court upheld its decision by consent to extend an injunction granted the previous week against the Antigua and Barbuda Constituencies Boundaries Commission preventing the Commission from...
February 18, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- The Guyana Times newspaper is in double legal jeopardy for its January 31, 2013, publication of a false and slanderous article alleging that Rickford Burke, radio talk show host and president of the New York-based Caribbean...
February 8, 2013
The judgment in a case now proceeding through the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) could prove to be a landmark in the movement of West Indians through each other’s countries. Shanique Myrie, a Jamaican, alleges that on 14 March 2011, (then 22 years old)...
February 1, 2013
BROOKLYN, New York: President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) Rickford Burke is filing libel and defamation lawsuits against the Guyana Chronicle newspaper and National Communications Network (NCN) television.
January 19, 2013
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- The Nevis Island government is now free to pursue the development of geothermal energy by its own means. Premier of Nevis Joseph Parry made the announcement on Friday, two days after a High Court ruling.
January 14, 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The question of whether the judicial system in The Bahamas will ever gain independence is a dispute that will continue “until the second coming”, said former Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall as he made a push on Friday for the...
December 26, 2012
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – On Monday, a Curacao court denied a bid by Hyatt Corporation and Hyatt Curacao NV to resume control of the former Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. Following a hearing on Friday, the trial court in Curacao...
December 4, 2012
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will hold a hearing on Wednesday on the US Virgin Islands government’s appeal of a District Court decision denying a USVI taxpayer’s claim to residency for tax purposes.
November 22, 2012
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Constitutional lawyer and Queen’s Counsel, Dr Lloyd Barnett, is of the view that Jamaica should accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate authority, by severing ties with the British monarchy.
November 15, 2012
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh praised Wednesday's US House of Representatives decision approving greater autonomy for the US Virgin Islands Supreme Court and placing the territory’s appellate legal body on equal footing...
November 12, 2012
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahama Journal and its online website have agreed to publish a front-page apology to Louis Bacon for making entirely false statements about him that were the result of a “smear campaign.”
October 30, 2012
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A referendum to determine Jamaica’s full accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would be unwarranted, divisive, disruptive, inappropriate and could cost the country at least $700 million.
October 9, 2012
Recent weeks have found the intellectual property scene in Guyana astir with activity. According to reports the Guyana government declared that, as a matter of policy, it would be spending millions of dollars to procure bootlegged British textbooks from an handful of local...
September 27, 2012
NEW YORK, USA -- On Tuesday, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York reversed a decision in a dispute involving Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers Company (AHAB), Maan Al Sanea, and Mashreq Bank.
August 28, 2012
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- The Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling by the lower court that the election of Hensley Daniel to the Nevis Island Assembly on July 11, 2011 was null and void. Daniel announced on Monday that he had tendered his...
August 20, 2012
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Justice Janice Pereira says she has accepted the appointment with "great humility and pride." “Humility in the realization that my singular efforts...
August 9, 2012
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has its first acting female chief justice. Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira has been appointed to act as chief justice and president of the Court of Appeal with effect from August 1.
August 3, 2012
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says it is the duty of Parliament to guarantee the people a right of access to a final court of appeal that is within their reach. “After all, we have been told in no uncertain terms...
August 2, 2012
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has issued an order in favour of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers (AHAB) directing Maan Al Sanea to pay AHAB $2.5 billion.
July 10, 2012
CASTRIES, St Lucia (BGIS) -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have agreed that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be the final appellate court for the region. This was disclosed by Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
July 10, 2012
It is with a level of sadness and deep embarrassment to the people of the Caribbean Commonwealth that I write to your medium to express my views concerning the comments made by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago.
July 5, 2012
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Trinidadian senior counsel, Seenath Jairam, a Guyanese by birth, who was recruited by the government of Guyana for his years of experience in constitutional matters, as a high court judge and his current position as...
June 28, 2012
In a recent article published in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Journal of May 2012, titled "International Intellectual Property Law and Policy: Can the Caribbean region capitalize on current global developmental trends in IP rights and...
June 26, 2012
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trials without juries is one way to help clear up the backlog of cases in Trinidad and Tobago’s judicial system. Minister of Justice, Herbert Volney made the announcement on Monday morning.
June 15, 2012
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has issued a ruling in favour of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers (AHAB) requiring Maan Al Sanea to pay AHAB $2.5 billion, the amount requested by AHAB as...
May 18, 2012
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of Trinidad and Tobago has received further support for the adoption of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court of appeal, this time from the secretary general of CARICOM.
May 14, 2012
Below, please see the applicants for the post of High Court Judge 2012. Only in the Caribbean this nonsense would be attempted. How could Nicole Sylvester want to be a judge of the Eastern Caribbean High Court? Does Ms Sylvester forget her recent...
May 8, 2012
At the core, family programs and concerns reflect our cultural values, leadership prudence and moral character. Governments and ministers come and go, but the family as the fundamental building block of any progressive society, remains forever.
April 28, 2012
There comes a time during the lifespan of any administration when rapid decisions and press commentaries will be made about an important public policy decision headed to the lower House of Parliament. It came as no surprise when...
April 27, 2012
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a statement to parliament on Wednesday, Trinidad and Tobago prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said her government would submit legislation to parliament to abolish appeals to the London-based Privy Council.
April 24, 2012
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has called on Barbados's regional counterparts to ‘get on board' and make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) their final court of appeal.
April 12, 2012
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, said regional countries should “complete their independence and sovereignty by claiming the rights to completely manage our judicial affairs.”
April 12, 2012
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- When the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) meets in Barbados from April 16 to 19, it will be the first time the court will be sitting away from its Trinidad base. Coverage of the proceedings will be available through...
February 24, 2012
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) – The Nevisian-born Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Justice Hugh Anthony Rawlins has resigned. His resignation takes effect from August 1.
November 9, 2011
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has granted a default judgment in favour of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers (AHAB) against Maan Al Sanea “for conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty."