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CCJ head defends integrity of court
2013-02-27 08:56:24 | with audio | (0 Comments)
The President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)†has responded to concerns that the court is susceptible to political interference because of the small space in which it†operates.
CCJ president Dennis Byron - File.
Delivering a public lecture at the University of the West Indies last evening, Sir Dennis Byron, said he was aware of opposition to Jamaicaís adoption of the CCJ as its final†court.
However, he says concerns about the ability of the courtís judges to remain independent because of issues of familiarity are†unfounded.
In fact, Sir Dennis believes the close knit nature of the Caribbean Community could help to ensure judges maintain their†integrity.
Sir Dennis says concerns about Jamaica adopting the court in its appellate jurisdiction result from a lack of knowledge about the†institution.
He says the media have a duty to educate the region on the benefits of the CCJ.
In the meantime, President of the Jamaican Bar Association, Ian Wilkinson, who also spoke at the forum, said there would be no point in holding a referendum at this time to decide whether Jamaica adopts the CCJ as its final†court.
Last July, the Government tabled three Bills in the House of Representatives aimed at replacing the Privy Council with the CCJ as Jamaica's final†court.
However, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has called for a referendum to let the public†decide.
Sir Dennis' visit comes less than two weeks before the CCJ opens its first hearing in Jamaica to consider the Shanique Myrie case against the Barbadian†Government.
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President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Sir Dennis Byron.
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