Grenada To Make Caribbean Court of Justice Final Court
by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
28 June, 2016
Grenada's House of Representatives has approved legislation replacing the London-based Privy Council as its final court with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice.
The legislation now needs the approval of the island's Senate and its citizens in a referendum. The date for the referendum has not yet been announced, but is most likely to be held by December this year.
Legal Affairs Minister, Elvin Nimrod, who piloted the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Bill, told legislators that when a country ratifies the CCJ agreement it automatically submits to the CCJ's exclusive jurisdiction to interpret and apply the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration grouping, CARICOM.
The CCJ was inaugurated on April 16, 2005, in Trinidad and Tobago where it is headquartered. Its central role is providing legal certainty to the operations of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. As the final court of appeal for member states of the Caribbean Community it fosters the development of an indigenous Caribbean jurisprudence.
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