Jamaica’s suggestion for its own final Court of Appeal Rejected by CARICOM Chairman

Thomas said Jamaica’s argument that there would be political interference in the CCJ did not make sense.

CMC reported that Thomas, who is also the current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) said, “What I find a bit strange about Jamaica’s position is that the argument against the CCJ is that there would be political interference. Domestically, it makes it easier for political interference.”

Late last year a debate in Jamaica’s Parliament, over whether to sever ties with the British Privy Council as its final Court of Appeal, revealed that the government, while agreeing to move away from the Privy Council, was proffering a Jamaica Court of Appeal over the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The idea was shot down by the opposition, which called for a referendum on the issue.

Thomas said there is a need for more collective confidence in the ability of regional judges to hand down unbiased judgments.

“We in the region have competent and capable judges to man our courts,” he said.

Grenada is a signatory to the CCJ and Thomas said he believes it’s just a matter of time before the country takes steps to adopt it as its final appellate court.

(Source – caribbeannewsnow)

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