CCJ will rule only after Court Of Appeal
PORT OF SPAIN – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday ruled that it can only hear appeals from judgments delivered by the Court of Appeal.
The Court’s judgment was handed down in the case of Knox v Deane and others – a dispute that has a long history in the courts of Barbados.
The CCJ, says that in this latest round of litigation, a judge had made an order against Ms Knox, who passed away and is now represented by her son, Mr Knox.
The order, made in the High Court by Worrell J, was to seize dividends from Kingsland Estates Limited that were payable to the mother’s estate.
Knox appealed to the Court of Appeal, but that court reserved its decision in 2016 and to date has not given its judgment.
Knox took the view that the failure to date of the Court of Appeal to give a decision should be treated as if it were a dismissal of his appeal.
It was on this basis, that he believed the CCJ should give him permission to appeal Justice Worrell’s order. In effect, he was seeking to bypass the Court of Appeal and take his case straight to the CCJ from the High Court.
The CCJ disagreed with this approach and in its judgment, the Court stated that unless the Parliament of Barbados provides otherwise, the CCJ has jurisdiction only to hear appeals from decisions of the Court of Appeal.
The Court also hastened to acknowledge that “justice delayed is justice denied”.
“. . . Mr Knox is not without remedy for any such denial. Under section 24(1) of the Constitution, he may make an application for such constitutional redress as he considers himself to be entitled.”
The CCJ, therefore, dismissed Mr Knox’s application for permission to appeal.