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BARBADOS | PM Stuart likens CCJ to politicians wearing robes

Featured Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says he is tired of the disrespect from the Caribbean Court of Justice towards Barbados. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says he is tired of the disrespect from the Caribbean Court of Justice towards Barbados.
BRIDGETOWN, May 21, 2018 — Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart is not happy with the decisions coming from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), and has told party faithfuls that if his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is re-elected in Thursday's general election, his administration will leave the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.

“When I’ve disagreed with them I appeal them. But, I’m not going to have Barbados disrespected by any politicians wearing robes, it is not going to happen. And I spoke about this privately to the present president of the Caribbean Court of Justice. I don’t want to influence any decisions, I don’t care what they decide,” Stuart said.

Speaking on Saturday night at a political meeting in the parish of St Michael, Stuart said he wants to make it clear that he is not commenting on the decisions of the CCJ, noting that as an officer of the court and as a lawyer, he respected the decisions that courts make.

However se said, “I think that the attitude coming from Port of Spain leaves much to be desired in terms of how its treating Barbados and I am not going to have a situation where other countries in the Caribbean keep a safe, safe distance from that court while Barbados supports its.”

Stuart said he also had a problem with the limited number of cases brought before the regional court .

“That court has heard two cases for the year – one from Barbados and one from Guyana,” said the Prime Minister who added that Barbados will not return to the London based Privy Council.

“…We are not going backward , life goes not backward or tarries with yesterday. But once the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is re-elected to office, I am determined to put Barbados on the same level as every other CARICOM (Caribbean Community) country by delinking from the Caribbean Court of Justice in its appellate jurisdiction. We went in first and we can come out first.”

In 2001, CARICOM member states established the CCJ to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.

But so far only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have signed on to the Appellate Jurisdiction of the CCJ, even though most of the 15-member grouping are signatories to the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ that also serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the integration movement.

In its Original Jurisdiction, the CCJ interprets the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas for countries, businesses and citizens of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Barbadians will go to the polls in a general election on Thursday to elect a new government with the contest expected to be between the ruling DLP and the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) headed by Mia Mottley, who is seeking to become the first woman head of government in the country.

  • Countries: Barbados

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