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Sir David Simmons says the Privy Council is not infallible

Retired Chief Justice of Barbados Sir David Simmons is pushing hard for the region to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its appellate jurisdiction, as he slammed public suggestions that Privy Council judges are infallible and their judgments are superior those from the CCJ. Speaking in Antigua and Barbuda at an education campaign on the CCJ in preparation …

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Privy Council Upholds Joint Venture Contract between APUA and APC

The Board of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) heard arguments in the matter of the Antigua Power Company Limited vs The Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda and others from all Counsel, and has concluded that the Joint Venture Contract, entered into in May 2006 between APUA and APC, was binding and included both stages of the generator proposal, …

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Privy Council declares its position on A&B’s move to the CCJ

The piece below in today’s Observer has come to our attention. Click here to read. In light of the fact that Lord Neuberger’s response to these points in your video interview won’t be seen until next week at the earliest, we feel out of courtesy to Sir David (and, indeed, the Antiguan people) we ought to issue a statement along the …

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Privy Council asked to declare its position on A&B’s move to the CCJ

The key architect of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has called for an explanation by the Privy Council, as to why its justices have changed their position on allowing Commonwealth nations to access its court. Sir David Simmons, who is also the former Attorney General and former Chief Justice of Barbados, made the call for the clarification after the President …

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Antigua and Barbuda ‘s CCJ debate continues ahead of a referendum

As the Antigua and Barbuda National Coordinating Committee continues its education campaign ahead of a referendum to decide whether to move to the Caribbean Court of Justice, Dorbrene O’Marde, Chairman of the Reparations Commission responds to Lord Neuberger’s comments that the Privy Council is willing to sit an itinerant court and that it would be sad to see its former …

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Former prime minister supports CCJ over Privy Council

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 14, CMC – Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird says replacing the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) “finishes Antiguan and Barbudan independence and autonomy that was begun in the 1930s”. In a broadcast here Sir Lester, who served as the island’s second prime minister from 1994-2004, said that the ruling Antigua …

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Privy Council’s complaint

The future of the Privy Council as the final court of appeal for most Caricom member states has been placed into doubt after comments by Britain’s top judge. Lord Nicholas Phillips, has said that the Law Lords on the Privy Council, were spending a ‘disproportionate’ amount of time on cases from former colonies, mostly in the Caribbean. He will become …

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Privy Council will abide by referendum in Antigua and Barbuda

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Feb 12, CMC – The London-based Privy Council (JCPC) says it will abide by the decision of Antiguans if they decide to replace it with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s highest court. Head of Communications for the JCPC, Ben Wilson, told the inaugural meeting of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) earlier this …

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Caribbean leaders dismiss political interference in CCJ

PLACENCIA, Belize (CMC) – At least two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have dismissed suggestions of political interference in the operations of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The positions of CARICOM chairman, Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize and the Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart come as Antigua and Barbuda gets ready to launch on March 10, a public …

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