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Jamaica, Cuba Sign Anti-Trafficking Pact

 Above: Minister of National Security Sen. Dwight Nelson (JIS Photo) Jamaica and Cuba have signed agreements to fight drug trafficking in the Caribbean, according to a Ministry Paper giving details of the agreements. The two states signed an Operational Police …

In St Kitts, A Move to Protect Witnesses

 Above: Justice Minister and Attorney General Patrice Nisbett (Photo: CUOPM) By the Caribbean Journal staff With increased incidence of witness tampering and other interference with criminal trials in St Kitts and Nevis, Attorney General Patrice Nisbett says new legislation has …

Jamaica to Update Arbitration Act

 Above: Professor John Rooney By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica could see a draft amendment to its Arbitration Act by the end of September, a major change for a law that has not been updated since 1900. The act is …

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 Jamaican Governor General Sir Patrick Allen swore in five new judges to serve in the country’s Supreme Court in a ceremony yesterday at Kingston’s King’s House. The five judges are Frank Williams, Carol Edwards, Kirk Anderson, who have been appointed …

 Above: the UN and CARICOM teams (Photo: TGISL) By the Caribbean Journal staff CARICOM and the United Nations met yesterday to review earlier deliberations between the two bodies on the issue of crime. Delegations from CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad’s State of Emergency, which was just extended for another three months, is presenting a new set of challenges as courts struggle to deal with a vastly-increased case load. One possibility to deal with the …

 Above: the CCJ in Port of Spain By the Caribbean Journal staff Incoming Caribbean Court of Justice President Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron was one of several of the CCJ’s justices participating in a series of programmes aimed at instructing …

 Barbados will have a new Chief Justice next Thursday, when 57-year-old Marston Gibson, a lawyer in New York, will take the oath of office at Government House. Gibson was appointed by Barbados’ Governor General on the recommendation of Prime Minister …

 Above: Southern District Courthouse in Miami By the Caribbean Journal staff US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer today announced the unsealing of a July indictment against 13 individuals charged with a narcotics trafficking conspiracy that extended …

 Above: Grenada Ambassador Stephen Fletcher and ICC President Sang-Hyun Song (UN Photo) Three months after Grenada deposited its instrument of accession to the Rome Statute, the country joined the International Criminal as a new state party. The domestic Grenadian statute …

 By Alexander Britell Jamaican strongman Christopher Coke’s motion to exclude wiretap evidence taken against him in Jamaica has been denied in US Federal Court. Coke is alleged to have controlled the Tivoli Gardens area in Kingston since the early 1990s …

 By Robert Di Pano United States authorities are now seeking restitution and asset forfeiture from failed OLINT Ponzi schemer David Smith after his 30-year prison sentence for wire fraud and money laundering was announced Aug. 11. US Federal District Court …

 From left) Court of Appeal President Sir John Chadwick, Registrar Audrey Bodden, Justice Ian Forte, OJ, CD, Justice Dr. Abdullah Conteh, QC and Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, QC (Cayman GIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Cayman lawyers bid farewell …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Bahamas has sworn in new Supreme Court Justice Milton Evans. Evans, who received his LLB from the University of the West Indies in 1986 and his certificate of legal education from the Norman Manley …

 By Robert Di Pano Caribbean Ponzi schemer David Smith, whose OLINT scheme defrauded investors across Florida and the Caribbean out of over $220 million, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in the United States by Judge Mary …

 Reggae star Buju Banton, who had been set to serve his 10-year sentence in a jail in Florida, has been moved to the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi. “The judge recommended that he serve his time in Florida, …

 Above: Federal District Court in Orlando, Fla. By Robert Di Pano David Smith, the mastermind behind the Caribbean-based Olint Ponzi Scheme that bilked investors out of over $220 million, will be sentenced Aug. 11 in United States District Court in …

 Caribbean jurist Justice Kenneth Andrew Charles Benjamin, a dual Guyanese and Antiguan citizen, has been named Belize’s Chief Justice. He will be following Acting Chief Justice Samuel Awich, who has filled the position since Dr Abdulai Conteh was retired after …