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Regional support for CCJ a must

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Regional support for CCJ a must

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ROSEAU, Dominica, Aug 10 – Prominent regional jurist, Sir Brian Alleyne, says he is optimistic that Caribbean countries will soon to the realisation that they all need to join the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
But Sir Brian, the former Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, says it is also necessary for the regional countries to allow for much debate on  the court that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the regional final court.
“As you know I am very strong supporter of the idea of the region moving to its own independent and regional final court. I am supportive of the move, I regret however there has not been enough public consultation and discussion of the issue”.
Sir Brian said there has been “more of a confrontational kind of thing rather than a genuine consultative process of the people. I regret that, but nevertheless I support the move, I am glad to hear St. Lucia is moving in that direction, I don’t know what the rest of the Caribbean region will do, but I have no doubt that overtime we will all move that way,” he said on the state-owned DBS radio Saturday. (CMC)