Saint Lucia Begins Transition From Privy Council To Caribbean Court Of Justice

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The Government of Saint Lucia has begun the transition from utilizing the Privy Council to employing the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court of appeal.

Saint Lucia will become the fifth country to make the move after Dominica.

Attorney General, Hon. Leslie Mondesir said Saint Lucia’s Accession to the CCJ brings the country one step closer to attaining full independence.

“In April of this year we signaled to the Government of the United Kingdom our intention to terminate appeals to the Privy Council. This in a necessary step by virtue of Section 41 of our Constitution. The Government of the United Kingdom has recently responded with its non-objection to Saint Lucia commencing the legal process to terminate appeals to the Privy Council. We wish to emphasize that a referendum is not required to complete the Accession process once agreement is reached with the United Kingdom.”

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A committee has been established to facilitate this historic move. Leading the Accession Committee is Sir Denis Byron, former Chief Justice of the Caribbean Supreme Court and former President of the Caribbean Court of Justice. He informed of the composition of the committee.

“Miss St. Rose, the immediate past president of the Saint Lucia Bar Association. Mr. Matthew Roberts, retired head of the University of the West Indies Campus in Saint Lucia and former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. David Vitalis a qualified and experienced media practitioner, and Mr. Rene Williams who is the senior Crown Council in the Office of the Attorney General. Administrative support is being provided to the committee by Miss Claudine Gibson,” Sir Denis said.

The committee recently held a press conference to launch a public education campaign that will inform the public of Saint Lucia’s intention to join the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice.

In the coming weeks the draft legislation to amend the Saint Lucia’s constitution to provide for appeals to the CCJ, will be circulated for public comment. The public is encouraged to stay updated with the information being disseminated.

SOURCE: Government Information Service

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13 COMMENTS

  1. There is no doubt that our Justice system is corrupt. Judgements are most times in favor of those who can wine and dine out greedy judges at some of the Cap Estate homes. How do we expect the once politician now judge to render fair and impartial judgements? From the cases that have gone to the privy council, we in the region have seen how corrupt and inept our judiciary is. Thanks to the privy council, many of us have gotten fair decisions. A case that immediately comes to mind is the Jamaican police officer who was accused of killing his girlfriend and staging the scene. When it went to the Privy council, it was determined that the size of the washroom did allow the officer time and space to arrange the scene, considering the immediacy of his running to his mother in law to question the origin of the explosion. Were it not for the privy council he would have rotted in jail innocently.

    We are an independent people and need our own systems, I agree, but fairness should not be regarded as something only for the so-called rich and influential amongst us. The poor should have equal access and ensured the same outcomes from our legal system as those with money and influence. Until such time I say LONG LIVE THE PRIVY COUNCIL.

  2. So no referendum. The people are too stupid I guess. The elites in power are much smarter than us ignorant black people and can make the decision based on their superior intellect. 15 massas in parliament. George Orwell would be proud of our animal farm. Now the manipulation and influence of politicians over the judiciary will grow with the population as helpless spectators.

  3. Would it make any difference to a St. Lucia riddled with crime/murder/Institutional injustice/political revenge/??
    Unless you start hanging murderers you may call it C.C.0f Injustice. Who is to gain by that move? By all means, the sitting Government; take the Land Rover for example, we shall see. Will we ever get Justice for high crimes in Drug Trafficking, money smuggling, human trafficking etc. etc? be aware we are still dealing with human beings, not Angels. Blessings.

  4. I don’t care how much of a majority you have in parliament that enables you to make the decision independently neither do I care how beneficial or non beneficial it is. My concern is that it was NEVER taken to the public! I see clearly a totalitarian and dictatorship government! You see it every day!

    Fix the DAMN roads!!!!

  5. Most cases that go to the Privy Council/Court of Justice are government related. Whether it is from a private sector or opposition. Government who does people wrong or is involved in corruption, believes they have a better chance with the CCJ. The haste I believe have to do with the Rovergate case.

    • This will not save the rovergate case. There is the international court of justice. Send him there so they can fix international bobol. Either way he screwed.

  6. Oh shut up ! The criminals in the caribbean cannot govern themselves! The place is a cess pool of criminality u fellow crimnials celebrating caribbean court! Ti way chou zout lah!

  7. This is long overdue. It is high time that we put aside the vestiges of colonialism and stand on our own feet. For so long we have been under the yoke of people who don’t sincerely care or about us. Its time to become a Republic.

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