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Former Antigua-Barbuda financial regulator loses extradition appeal

April 22, 2017
Former Antigua-Barbuda financial regulator loses extradition appeal ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A high court ruling this week rejected an application for judicial review by Leroy King, the former head of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) in Antigua and Barbuda, against the 2012 decision by the government to approve his extradition to the US.

Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica

April 22, 2017
Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its capacity as an international tribunal with sole authority for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) recently denied an application by Cabral Douglas for leave to commence proceedings against the Commonwealth of...

CCJ denies corruption allegations

April 17, 2017
CCJ denies corruption allegations ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has issued a media statement denying allegations of corruption made by Dominican lawyer and show promoter, Cabral Douglas. "Mr Douglas' claim of a politically motivated decision appears to stem from the presence of the court’s president...

US appeals court holds that Antigua-Barbuda is not liable to Stanford Ponzi victims

April 15, 2017
US appeals court holds that Antigua-Barbuda is not liable to Stanford Ponzi victims NEW ORLEANS, USA -- The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) bars Stanford International Bank Ltd (SIBL) Ponzi scheme victims from bringing a claim against Antigua and Barbuda, a foreign state. The decision reversed a ruling by...

Legality of criminal libel laws challenged in Bahamas

April 13, 2017
Legality of criminal libel laws challenged in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- Maria Daxon, a former police constable and vocal defender for the rights of police officers, has filed a constitutional challenge against The Bahamas’ criminal libel laws, arguing that they violate citizens’ fundamental right to freedom of expression. In December 2016...

Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission

April 8, 2017
Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Citing what he described as several procedural irregularities, Cabral Douglas, the unsuccessful applicant in a recent case against Dominica before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), has filed a formal complaint with the Regional and Judicial Legal Services...

Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ?

April 4, 2017
Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ? "Hostile, emotional and irrational..." are just some of the unsavoury adjectives used by Emile Ferdinand QC to describe me in a recent interview. Indeed, the senior Caribbean jurist came out swinging in defence of Sir Dennis Byron, and his colleagues at the CCJ, in defence against corruption...

Opposition MP sues St Lucia PM for defamation

March 28, 2017
Opposition MP sues St Lucia PM for defamation CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In the latest in what seems to be a current spate of defamation actions launched by politicians against colleagues on the other side of the aisle in the Eastern Caribbean, Dr Ernest Hilaire, the opposition St Lucia Labour Party member of parliament for Castries South...

Dominica foreign minister files defamation lawsuit

March 27, 2017
Dominica foreign minister files defamation lawsuit ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- As a result of allegations that have continued to circulate that Dominica’s minister for foreign and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) affairs, Senator Francine Baron, misappropriated funds that she received but were designated for the Dominica Disaster and...

Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset

March 23, 2017
Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset According to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Justice Adrian Saunders, in a recent lecture in St Kitts, a "colonial mindset" is to blame for the reluctance on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to embrace the court as the final court of appeal. As someone who has litigated matters...

Colonial mindset blamed for slow accession to CCJ

March 14, 2017
Colonial mindset blamed for slow accession to CCJ BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) judge, Vincentian Adrian Saunders, says there is good reason for the remaining Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states that have not yet done so, to accede to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ.

Live streaming at Trinidad Carnival brings copyright infringement into focus

March 13, 2017
Live streaming at Trinidad Carnival brings copyright infringement into focus PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Now that the dust of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017 has settled and commentators have conducted their own post-mortems, one issue remains at the intersection of Carnival and the social media landscape -- live streaming. The question of whether it is legal to...

Appeal court reinstates election petitions in St Vincent

March 8, 2017
Appeal court reinstates election petitions in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Election petitions filed by the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have been reinstated by the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal sitting in Saint Lucia on Tuesday, citing apparent bias of the trial judge, Justice Brian Cottle.

Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales delivers lecture at Cayman Islands courts

March 8, 2017
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales delivers lecture at Cayman Islands courts GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Improving practices among commercial courts worldwide translates into strengthening international trade, commerce and development, and hence overall economic cooperation and prosperity. Achieving and maintaining that equilibrium requires not only...

Court of appeal grants order in favour of Grenada hotel

February 24, 2017
Court of appeal grants order in favour of Grenada hotel ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that Rex Resorts “be permitted to continue to remain in possession of and to continue to operate the hotel known as the Grenadian by Rex Resorts.” The government of Grenada has been trying to enforce a compulsory...

Grenada's serial suer is himself being sued

February 16, 2017
Grenada's serial suer is himself being sued ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Grenada’s notoriously litigious prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, is now himself on the receiving end of a defamation claim made by Senator Nazim Burke. In a letter dated January 30, 2017, to Mitchell, lawyers acting for Burke asserted that Mitchell made public allegations...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Draft model arbitration bill for CARICOM states being reviewed by committee

February 15, 2017
Draft model arbitration bill for CARICOM states being reviewed by committee KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In response to requests by some CARICOM member states for updated arbitration legislation, the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) has drafted a Model Arbitration Bill for the region. This Bill will be reviewed...

Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable'

February 3, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable' WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest controversy over the issue of diplomatic passports by Eastern Caribbean governments to wealthy individuals with questionable backgrounds and motives has served to raise awareness of a little-discussed provision in US law as it relates to sanctions on Iran.

CCJ delivers judgment in first matter from Dominica

February 2, 2017
CCJ delivers judgment in first matter from Dominica PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered judgment in its first matter to come from Dominica. The court dismissed the application and issued an order for the applicants, Marinor Enterprises Limited and Michael Astaphan to pay First Caribbean International...

US Supreme Court ends Stanford's legal efforts to overturn conviction

January 26, 2017
US Supreme Court ends Stanford's legal efforts to overturn conviction HOUSTON, USA -- A final legal effort by R Allen Stanford to overturn what is effectively a life sentence, for operating his Antigua-based Stanford International Bank, a massive Ponzi scheme that stole the life savings from many victims in the United States and elsewhere, has ended in failure.

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...

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