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Why Jamaica Is at a “Critical” Juncture in Its History

 CCJ vote looms By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica is approaching a “critical juncture in its history,” according to Justice Minister Mark Golding. That’s because the country’s Senate will soon debate three bills that would amend the constitution to entrench …

What the Caribbean Needs for Good Governance

 A new approach By Ryan PetersonCJ Contributor ‎”Sitting on a beach, suddenly I feel a breeze, staring at the horizon far across the seas. Storming ahead across the ocean, swiftly I bare my sails, steering clear from commotion” -LK It …

Op-Ed: The Caribbean’s Final Court

 By J. Emile Ferdinand, QCOp-Ed Contributor THE RECENT decision of the Privy Council granting an interim injunction, which forced the 2015 general election in St. Kitts and Nevis to be held on the existing old constituency boundaries, has been touted …

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 Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean Court of Justice has a new member state: Dominica. The Eastern Caribbean island has officially acceded to the CCJ as its final court of appeal, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit …

 Above: the Caribbean Court of Justice’s headquarters in Trinidad By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean Court of Justice has a new member. The regional court’s Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission has appointed Maureen Rajnauth-Lee as the tribunal’s newest …

 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, …

 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 …

 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 …

 Above: the Cayman Islands By the Caribbean Journal staff The Cayman Islands is set to implement its new National Conservation Law, the territory announced this week. The law is “signed, sealed and nearly delivered,” the government said in a statement. …

 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 …

 Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada and the United States have reached an inter-governmental agreement under the latter’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the Grenadian government announced Monday. Grenada’s government said it completed the negotiation of …

 Above: the Turks and Caicos Islands By the Caribbean Journal staff Rhondalee Brathwaite-Knowles has been appointed the new Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The move was announced on Monday by Turks and Caicos Governor Peter Beckingham. She …

 Above: the Caribbean Court of Justice By the Caribbean Journal staff CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is reiterating his call for CARICOM Member States to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice as their final court of appeal. At present, …

 By J. Emile Ferdinand QCOp-Ed Contributor THE SIGNIFICANCE of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (“CCJ”) judgment delivered on Oct. 4, 2013 in the case of Myrie v Barbados arises more from the reasoning and related pronouncements of the Court than …

 By Alexander G LeventhalOp-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 …

 By David RoweOp-Ed Contributor JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER Portia Simpson-Miller commenced her administration with a political proposal of constitutional ramifications, announcing the government’s intention to remove the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as Jamaica’s final Court of Appeal. The Judicial …

 Above: Trinidad Finance Minister Larry Howai (Photo: MF Trinidad) By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad and Tobago Finance and Economy Minister Larry Howai is describing legislation being introduced by the United States on foreign financial institutions as “onerous.” The Foreign …

 Above: the ECCS in St Lucia By the Caribbean Journal staff The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has appointed two new Justices of Appeal in St Lucia. Justices Louise Bledman and Mario Michel are the new members of the country, following …