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CCJ sets Myrie case for March 4

CCJ sets Myrie case for March 4 The Caribbean Court of Justice (FP)

Thu, December 13, 2012 - 7:33 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 13, CMC – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will hear the Shanique Myrie lawsuit against the Barbados government on March 4 next year.

It’s the first time the regional court will sit in Jamaica.

The trial date was set at a case management conference Wednesday by video link established between the CCJ Headquarters in Port of Spain and the Supreme Court of Jamaica in Kingston.

The CCJ judges said the first part of the case will run until March 12 and the second part of the hearing will be held in Barbados from March 18-22.

Following this, lawyers will make oral submissions in Trinidad from April 8-9.

Myrie, a Jamaican national has claimed that she was sexually assaulted and subjected to derogatory remarks by a Barbadian Immigration officer at the Grantley Adams International Airport on March 14 last year.

Myrie is asking the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment applicable to CARICOM citizens moving around the region.

Back in April, the CCJ granted Myrie special leave to bring her  case against Barbados.


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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
We look like a bunch of amateurs having this case jump all over the Caribbean. The cost of doing this is not justified.If a matter is set down at the Old Bailey it stays there. One does not move a case out of the South of the USA whimsically,as it deserves good old Southern justice.Why are we wasting money having this matter jurisprudence hopping ? Now the CCJ looks like a bunch of c---- fill in the blanks. With today's video streaming technology this CCJ Court Island hopping looks more ridiculous.Now how can a man in the street expect to afford to have his matter heard if he has to pay to fly lawyers all around the Caribbean? One of the reasons behind the court replacing the Privy council is that of cost as the flight cost to England was seen as a deterrent to justice.This court has obviously not heard of LIAT'S no charity flights program.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 10 months ago
This case is void. Myrie has to prove she has met all of the requirements of CSME free movement. These requirements in Barbados can be viewed on the Barbados Accreditation Council website. COPY AND PASTE ---> ( ) At the top, click on the link " CSME Skills Cert". You'll see the requirements therein. Note this part: "Persons who are eligible for the Free Movement of Skills/Labour must be engaged in a legitimate economic activity in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. There are currently **no rights** regarding free movement solely for the purposes of residency or permanent naturalization or citizenship. If a person **just** wishes to migrate from one CARICOM state to live in another, he/she must **still apply** for residency or citizenship, **in accordance with the laws of that country.** (Extracted from the publication “CARICOM Single Market and Economy Free Movement – Travel and Work”, Caribbean Community Secretariat, 2005)"

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Posted by Mary Yearwood 1 year, 10 months ago
Talk about governmental bureacracy...Jamaica to Barbados, to Trinidad. Jurisdiction should have been in the place where the alleged incident occurred.

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