Bissessar Says No Need to Switch to CCJ if Privy Council Still Works

Persad Bissessar told BBC Caribbean that she can’t see why at this stage she should “fix” that which is not broken.

“I do not see that we are suffering as a result of having the Privy Council and therefore why fix something that does not need fixing right now?” she asked.

Even though CARICOM states have signed up to the CCJ to resolve trade disputes, only three countries, Guyana, Barbados and Belize, have accepted the CCJ as their final appellate court.

Last weekend, outgoing president of the CCJ Michael de La Bastide called on regional governments to sever ties with the Privy Council and adopt the CCJ as the final court. The president-designate, Sir Dennis Byron, has also called on regional governments to accept the CCJ as the final court.

Jamaica’s main opposition party has called on the Bruce Golding administration to do likewise.


(Parts of article were written with submissions from a Caribbeannewsnow release)

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