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Learn About The Caribbean Court of Justice

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Do you know when the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was signed?
The Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice was signed on 14 February 2001.

Do you know how many CARICOM states signed the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice?
The Agreement was first signed by ten member states in 2001, and by a further two in 2003, making a grand total of 12 states.

Do you know the names of these 12 state signatories to the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice?
The signatory states to the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice are: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Do you know when the Caribbean Court of Justice was inaugurated?
The Caribbean Court of Justice was inaugurated on Saturday 16 April 2005.

Do you know which CARICOM state is the Seat of the Caribbean Court of Justice?
The Caribbean Court of Justice is located in Trinidad and Tobago.

Do you know that the CCJ is two courts in one?
Yes. The CCJ has two jurisdictions: an original jurisdiction and an appellate jurisdiction.

Do you know what the original jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice is?
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. In its original jurisdiction, the CCJ is an international court and it is the ONLY court that has the authority to interpret the treaty when there are trade disagreements among CARICOM states.

Do you know the address of the Caribbean Court of Justice?
The Caribbean Court of Justice is located at 134 Henry Street in Port of Spain, between Oxford and Park Streets, and is located between ROYTEC and the Office of the Ombudsman.

Do you know to what court appeals from the CCJ lie?
The Caribbean Court of Justice is a final court. There are no appeals from the decisions of the CCJ to any other court in the world.

Do you know what the mission of the Caribbean Court of Justice is?
The CCJ’s mission is: To protect and promote the rule of law as a court of final appeal and as guardian of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas by guaranteeing accessibility, fairness, efficiency and transparency, delivering clear and just decisions in a timely manner.

Do you know what is the vision of the Caribbean Court of Justice is?
The vision of the Caribbean Court of Justice is to be:
• a leader in providing high quality justice;
• responsive to the challenges of our diverse communities;
• innovative, fostering jurisprudence that is reflective of our history, values and traditions, and consistent with international legal norms;
• inspirational, worthy of trust and confidence of the people of the region.

Do you know how judges are appointed to the Caribbean Court of Justice?
Each judge is appointed to the Bench of the Court after an interview by the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission. Several applicants are interviewed, and the most successful at the interview is appointed. The selection of judges is not restricted to the Caribbean region. Candidates may come from any territory of the Commonwealth. The Bench currently includes a Dutch and a British Judge.