Speaking at the (1st September, 2011), the Swearing-In of Sir Dennis Byron as Chief Justice of the CCJ, he said the Caribbean Court of Justice is both a necessary and significant achievement for the citizens of the Caribbean.
Prime Minister Douglas in his address also stated, “I say clearly that St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as States of the OECS, is in full support of the Caribbean Court of Justice and has full confidence in its continuing positive role, as the region moves forward with its developmental agenda.”
Prime Minister Douglas further said, “It represents a needed and crucial break with our colonial past, as we continue our developmental processes as independent countries and people of the Caribbean Community.”
“Let there be no doubt that the CCJ will stand the test of time as an institution that would be noted throughout the world for fairness, professionalism and adherence to the rule of law in its dispensation of justice to…the Caribbean Community,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
He further explained that the delay in signing on to the appellate jurisdiction is due to a collective decision taken by Member States of the OECS to join the CCJ as a unit, as well as the need to first resolve particular technical issues before officially signing on to the court.
St. Kitts and Nevis and other member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are in full support of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), assured the Kittitian/Nevisian leader.