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Reparation Committee chairman questions Privy Council’s change of heart

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 15, CMC – Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Commission, Dorbrene O’Marde, has dismissed a suggestion by the London-based Privy Council that it is prepared to sit as itinerant court and that Antigua and Barbuda is welcomed to remain within its fold. “So far as we are concerned, we are very happy to continue hearing those …

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Privy Council happy to hear Caribbean Appeals

The President of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Lord David Neuberger, says the London based court is happy to continue hearing appeals from countries in the Caribbean. But according to Lord Neuberger, that welcome is conditional on Caribbean states being willing to come to the Privy Council for the hearing of the appeals. His comments were in response …

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Privy Council president says A&B welcome to stay

Despite claims to the contrary, President of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council Lord David Neuberger said Antigua & Barbuda is welcomed to stay with the London-based court. “So far as we are concerned, we are very happy to continue hearing those appeals, as long as those countries wish to come to us for their appeals to be decided,” …

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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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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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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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