Jamaica’s Parliament to Vote on Move to Caribbean Court of Justice

January 21, 2015 | 6:03 pm | 0 Comment


Above: the Caribbean Court of Justice in Port of Spain By the Caribbean Journal staff Since it gained independence in 1962, Jamaica’s final court of appeal has been the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. That could change, though, when the country’s House of Representatives votes on bills that would make the Caribbean Court of Justice the more...

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Bahamas Swears in Deborah Fraser as New Supreme Court Justice

October 14, 2014 | 10:23 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Deborah Fraser is sworn in (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Bahamas has sworn in Deborah Fraser as the country's newest Supreme Court Justice. Fraser was sworn in by Deputy to the Governor General Oswald Ingraham at Government House on Tuesday. She had previously served as director of legal affairs at the Office of the more...

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British Virgin Islands: New Arbitration Act Set to Come into Force

July 29, 2014 | 5:31 am | 0 Comment


Above: the British Virgin Islands By the Caribbean Journal staff The British Virgin Islands' new Arbitration Act is set to come into force in October. In a statement, the territory's government said it would "usher in a modern era for the British Virgin Islands in domestic and international arbitration." According to Arliene Penn, director of communications, more...

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Dominica’s Parliament Approves Bill to Make CCJ Final Court of Appeal

July 3, 2014 | 8:30 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Dominica (Caribbean Journal photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominica's Parliament has approved a bill to make the Caribbean Court of Justice the country's final court of appeal. Speaking to the House of Assembly this week, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the move made this an "historic time." When completed, Dominica's decision more...

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Puerto Rico Swears In New Chief Justice of Supreme Court

June 13, 2014 | 10:52 am | 0 Comment


Above: the swearing in ceremony (Photo: OG Puerto Rico) By the Caribbean Journal staff Judge Liana Fiol Matta has been sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Fiol Matta was appointed by Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla in April and confirmed by the Senate unanimously in May. She is a graduate of the School of Law at more...

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Op-Ed: Why Do Legal Cases in Jamaica Take So Long?

April 9, 2014 | 5:04 pm | 0 Comment


By David Rowe Op-Ed Contributor THERE ARE a number of big legal cases which have attracted the attention of Jamaicans both locally and overseas in recent months, most notably the recently-concluded Vybz Kartel case. What's noteworthy about almost all of them is just how long they seem to take. But why do criminal cases in Jamaica take so long? Some civil cases more...

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Jamaica to Begin Debate on Caribbean Court of Justice

November 28, 2013 | 11:30 am | 0 Comment


Above: the Caribbean Court of Justice By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica's Parliament will soon begin debate on the country's potential accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice. The House of Representatives will begin debating two bills: an act to amend the Judicature Act and an act to amend the Constitution of Jamaica, according to Minister Phillip more...

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Jamaican Ambassador to United States Visits University of Miami

April 30, 2013 | 1:09 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, Adjunct Professor David Rowe, Deputy Consul General Don James and Associate Dean for Adjunct Faculty Douglas Bischoff (Photo: University of Miami) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaican Ambassador to the United States Stephen Vasciannie paid a visit to the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Fla. last more...

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Cayman Swears in Two New Judges

April 22, 2013 | 8:04 am | 0 Comment


Above: Acting Governor Franz Manderson and New Court of Appeal Judge Sir Richard Ground (Photo: GIS) By the Caribbean Journal staff A pair of new judges for the territory have been sworn in by Acting Cayman Islands Governor Franz Manderson. Sir Richard Ground was officially sworn in as a judge of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, while Nova Hall was sworn in more...

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Op-Ed: Why Venezuela Ought to Reconsider Its Withdrawal From ICSID

April 5, 2013 | 9:48 am | 0 Comment


By Alexander G Leventhal Op-Ed Contributor IN JANUARY OF 2012, Venezuela announced that it would withdraw from the ICSID convention, a 1966 treaty that established an arbitration and conciliation institution based in Washington, DC to deal with international investment disputes. The decision came as Venezuela faced mounting challenges from private investors in the more...

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