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Dr Clarence Henry, CCJ education campaign committee chair defends efforts

The Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) Dr Clarence Henry said his team will not be distracted by opposers of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the NCC prepares to intensify its education campaign in preparation for the referendum to choose between the regional court and the Privy Council. Dr Henry noted he is aware there has been …

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Union against switch to Caribbean Court of Justice

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 30, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) is not in favour of switching from the London-based Privy Council to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s highest court. Antigua and Barbuda has launched a three-month public education programme on the issue and is expected to hold a referendum later this …

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Acceptance of Indigenous Regional Institutions – Focus Group Consultation

NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC EDUCATION THE CARIBBEAN COURT OF JUSTICE AND THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL – FOCUS GROUP CONSULTATION WITH ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA UNION OF TEACHERS –    ‘THE RELEVANCE OF THE CCJ & THE PRIVY COUNCIL IN THE PRESENT CARIBBEAN CONTEXT: ACCEPTANCE OF INDIGENOUS REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS’[1]. Dorbrene E. O’Marde Chairperson / Antigua and Barbuda …

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Legal luminary compares the cost of going to the Privy Council vs the CCJ

Veteran constitutional lawyer Dr Francis Alexis QC said the cost of going to the London-based Privy Council is about six times more than the cost of going to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) located in Trinidad. He stressed that the people of Antigua & Barbuda stand to gain if they vote in favour of a referendum to move from …

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Antiguan Cases taken to the Privy Council between 2004 and 2014

Record of cases taken to the Privy Council (from Antigua and Barbuda) between 2004 and 2014, prepared by former Attorney General Justin Simon QC There were seven Privy Council appeals during the UPP’s two terms in office: Hilroy Humphreys – whose challenge of Government’s introduction of committal hearings to replace preliminary investigations was dismissed; the new procedure allows for a …

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Statement From Attorney General Hon. Steadroy Benjamin

There is no doubt, that Antigua and Barbuda must adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal. I want to use the words from Justice Hytali from Trinidad and Tobago, when he said, “It is offensive to our sovereignty as independent nations that a foreign tribunal should be our final court of appeal’. He is …

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CCJ judge highlights risk of Privy Council proposal

One of the sitting justices on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) David Hayton said it might be a dangerous thing for the people to accept the Privy Council proposal to operate as an itinerant (travelling) court to deliver justice in other countries at the expense of the state from which the case emanates. He said this could result in …

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