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IMPACT Justice Project hosts fourth project steering committee meeting in Barbados

June 21, 2017
IMPACT Justice Project hosts fourth project steering committee meeting in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project hosted its fourth project steering committee (PSC) meeting on June 14, 2017, in Barbados. This year, the PSC meeting was co-chaired by Dr Gail Miller...

Fired Trinidad judge threatens to take president, chief justice to court

June 19, 2017
Fired Trinidad judge threatens to take president, chief justice to court PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Marcia Ayers-Caesar, who was forced to resign within days of her appointment as a high court judge, has threatened to take Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) to court if she is not given her job...

Legal services commission declines to address to corruption allegations against CCJ president

June 9, 2017
Legal services commission declines to address to corruption allegations against CCJ president ROSEAU, Dominica -- In a letter addressed to Dominican attorney at law Cabral Douglas, the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) has declined to address corruption allegations against Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) president, Sir Dennis Byron. In the letter dated June 7...

High court in Trinidad stops swearing-in of two new judges

June 7, 2017
High court in Trinidad stops swearing-in of two new judges PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The High Court in Trinidad granted an interim injunction restraining the president of Trinidad and Tobago from acting on the advice tendered by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) under Section 104(1) of the constitution for Tuesday’s planned...

Debate continues in Trinidad over chief justice no-confidence vote

June 6, 2017
Debate continues in Trinidad over chief justice no-confidence vote PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Online discussion about the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago's (LATT) vote of no confidence against Chief Justice Ivor Archie continues. Is calling for Archie's resignation justified or overhyped? Would his exit be a help or a hindrance to accountability?

Eroding trust in Trinidad and Tobago judiciary culminates in no confidence vote

June 5, 2017
Eroding trust in Trinidad and Tobago judiciary culminates in no confidence vote PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In one of the largest turnouts ever, members of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) met last Friday night and passed a motion of no confidence against the country's chief justice, Ivor Archie. Members voted on five resolutions – a loss of confidence in the...

Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge

June 5, 2017
Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Mr Justice Denys Arthur Barrow was sworn in as judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Thursday at a ceremony in Belize City in his home country of Belize. Barrow, who was sworn in by Governor General Sir Colville Young, is the first citizen of Belize to be appointed to...

Trinidad and Tobago Law Association calls on chief justice to step down after no-confidence motions

June 3, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Law Association calls on chief justice to step down after no-confidence motions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In Trinidad on Thursday night, the Law Association called on Chief Justice Ivor Archie to step down after passing no-confidence motions against Archie and members of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) over its handling of the short-lived appointment...

IMPACT Justice co-sponsors second biennial oil and gas law conference in Trinidad

June 3, 2017
IMPACT Justice co-sponsors second biennial oil and gas law conference in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) will sponsor the attendance of five participants – four from Guyana and one from Jamaica – at the UWI, St Augustine Campus, Faculty of Law’s second Biennial Oil and Gas...

Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing

June 3, 2017
Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing Power of the Parliament 1. The Constitution vested the exclusive power in the Parliament to make laws for election matters by sections 40(5) and 41 of the Constitution. It is also the exclusive authority of the Parliament to legislate on matters which it considers ought to be illegal or offences, or which...

IMPACT Justice co-sponsors Barbados Bar Association inaugural weekend law conference

June 2, 2017
IMPACT Justice co-sponsors Barbados Bar Association inaugural weekend law conference BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) will be one of the co-sponsors of the Barbados Bar Association’s inaugural weekend law conference being held on June 2 and 3. The conference commences with...

Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda attorneys to provide competing testimony at bribery trial in New York

May 26, 2017
Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda attorneys to provide competing testimony at bribery trial in New York NEW YORK, USA -- Dominican-born and former Antigua-Barbuda attorney general, Justin Simon, and prominent Antiguan attorney Dr David Dorsett will form part of the federal trial of Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, which is about to commence in New York next week. Both attorneys have...

Open Letter to the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission

May 26, 2017
Thank you for your letter dated 24 May, 2017. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises as fundamental the principle that everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal. However, as you would be aware...

Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes, says Belize chief justice

May 16, 2017
Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes, says Belize chief justice BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Institutions worldwide are struggling to keep pace with the rapid development of computer-based technology. It is especially hard for courts, typically steeped in tradition and ponderously slow to change, to keep track of the sophisticated, rapidly evolving operations of modern...

CCJ modernises rules for its original and appellate jurisdictions

May 15, 2017
CCJ modernises rules for its original and appellate jurisdictions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- After a comprehensive review of its rules of court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) announces the publication of its Original Jurisdiction and the Appellate Jurisdiction Rules 2017. In 2014, the CCJ adopted the standard for the revision of its rules of court every two years.

Trinidad and Tobago lawyers to debate resolution calling on chief justice to resign

May 13, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago lawyers to debate resolution calling on chief justice to resign PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Law Association in Trinidad and Tobago will debate a resolution calling for the resignation of the chief justice and members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) at a special general meeting on June 1 over the appointment and subsequent resignation...

IMPACT Justice technical advisory groups to meet in St Lucia

May 11, 2017
IMPACT Justice technical advisory groups to meet in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting three technical advisory group (TAG) meetings in Gros Islet, Rodney Bay, St Lucia on May 11 and 12, 2017. These meetings will serve to assist the project...

Same-sex couples urged to test Cayman Islands marriage law

May 10, 2017
Same-sex couples urged to test Cayman Islands marriage law GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A legal expert is urging same-sex Caymanian couples who want to get married to put the local legislation to the test as he believes there is no lawful prohibition to same-sex marriages in either the Constitution or the Marriage Law.

Controversy continues over ban on copying public records by Cayman Islands court

May 3, 2017
Controversy continues over ban on copying public records by Cayman Islands court GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Following a recent order approved by the chief justice of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, Anthony Smellie, prohibiting the public from making photocopies of court pleadings, three local organisations have responded to the order in what one financial commentator...

Countersuit threatened in CONCACAF claim against former Trinidad minister

May 1, 2017
Countersuit threatened in CONCACAF claim against former Trinidad minister NEW YORK, USA -- Following a lawsuit filed in US federal court in New York by the regional FIFA body, the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), claiming damages of US$20 million against former officials Austin ‘Jack’ Warner and Charles ‘Chuck’ Blazer.

Cayman Islands court blocks copying of public records

April 29, 2017
Cayman Islands court blocks copying of public records GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In a significant departure from previous practice, the chief justice of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, Anthony Smellie, has approved an order prohibiting the public from making photocopies of court pleadings. According to a notice posted on the door of...

Privy Council assesses $60,000 in costs against Dominica opposition leader

April 28, 2017
Privy Council assesses $60,000 in costs against Dominica opposition leader LONDON, England -- Some 18 months after delivering its judgment in a defamation case involving Dominica’s opposition leader Lennox Linton as respondent, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) on Thursday assessed costs against Linton at £45,992.19 (US$60,000). The appeal to...

Dominica attorney reiterates call for resignation of CCJ president, citing conflict of interest

April 28, 2017
Dominica attorney reiterates call for resignation of CCJ president, citing conflict of interest ROSEAU, Dominica -- In response to a press statement on Wednesday by the OECS Bar Association condemning Dominican attorney at law, Cabral Douglas, for what it described as his “strident, contemptuous, inflammatory, and even defamatory, public criticisms” of the Caribbean Court of Justice...

OECS Bar Association weighs in on integrity of the CCJ

April 27, 2017
OECS Bar Association weighs in on integrity of the CCJ ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The OECS Bar Association has issued a statement in response to criticism leveled by Cabral Douglas, an attorney-at-law and citizen of Dominica, against the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) over its decision in a case in which he was the plaintiff. On February 20, 2017...

Grenada court rules against liquidator

April 27, 2017
Grenada court rules against liquidator ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- By way of judgment dated April 13, 2017, in the matter of Bank Crozier Limited (in liquidation) [through Garvey Louison, liquidator] and RBTT Bank Grenada Limited, Madame Justice Gilford ruled that: 1. The claim is struck out for failure to comply with the order of the Master.

Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states

April 26, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) states of St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and Grenada are among Caribbean states being criticized by a regional head of state for not having replaced the London-based Privy Council...

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.

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