2018 is not the best time to join CCJ!!!

By Carina S. Blache The Judicial committee of the Privy Council was established as Grenada’s final court of appeal during the period of colonialism. However, since the end of the colonial period some of the former British colonies severed ties with the Privy Council and established their local final courts of appeal. Grenada however has remained with the Privy Council until now. As we move closer to the November 6th referendum, the debate continues in ‘the court of public opinion.’ While some argue that there are some benefits to be derived as a member of the Caribbean Court of Justice … Continue reading

Strongman-ism in the House of the Americas

In one year and eight months’ time the present holder of the Office of Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) will end his current term. Judging from his recent utterances, Luis Almagro, might not offer himself for a second term although he has not said so specifically. In his most recent statement on October 9, he talked about his task “in the one year and eight months I have left as SG”, and on September 16, in remarks published on the OAS website, he made it clear that he is not “so attached to the position of Secretary-General”. … Continue reading

Will the island of heroes deliver an “heroic” vote for the CCJ on 6th November

By David A. Comissiong A national Referendum on the issue of whether a Caribbean nation should disengage from the British Privy Council and accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the nation’s highest appellate Court is more than just a vote about a court of law. Rather, it is a vote that presents the national population with an opportunity to assert their inherent human right to self-determination and personal dignity, and to make a major advance in their historical journey towards the interlinked goals of full national sovereignty and Caribbean civilisational independence. It is with this understanding in … Continue reading

National Pride

By Clare Adams It is often said that whatever field they enter (whether sports, studies or otherwise) Grenadians will always shine or outshine their colleagues/competitors. Last Saturday was no exception as we proudly witnessed the graduation ceremony of our daughter, who received three awards including Best Advocate Award, from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. However, it was more than just family pride. Out of 185 graduants receiving their Legal Education Certificates, the four young Grenadians who demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, received several prestigious awards. They were Crystal (Inga) Braveboy- Chetram, Arya Redhead, Caryn Adams and the … Continue reading

Dear Prime Minister

By The Political Hacker Let me explain, in this first article, why I have chosen to express myself in this fashion. It is very clear Sir, that you will not appreciate what I have to say to you and, what I say is for the information and benefit of the entirety of our beloved country. I have chosen to write anonymously, not because I fear any repercussions or I plan to be loose and careless with my language, but because I do not wish to have the focus shifted from the contents to the vessel. I want to be identified … Continue reading

Silver Sands – the power of money & influence

By Ray Roberts The Government of Grenada has a responsibility to the people of our nation. And that is to ensure that the laws that govern all aspects of our social and economic life are administered across the board regardless of status and economic power. Our elected leaders, including the Prime Minister, upon accepting their respective office/ministry, took an oath to uphold the laws of the land and ought to be held accountable. Undoubtedly, the laws, as they pertain to the low and high water marks and how they are applied regarding the construction on Grand Anse Beach, are the … Continue reading

No vigilante action in the Americas

A furore surrounded Luis Almagro, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), after the Associated Press (AP) reported him as encouraging military intervention in Venezuela to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The AP, on September 14, reported Almagro as saying: “With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, I don’t think any option should be ruled out. What Nicolas Maduro’s regime is perpetrating are crimes against humanity, the violation of the human rights and the suffering of people that is inducing an exodus. Diplomatic actions should be the first priority, but we shouldn’t … Continue reading

Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice

Startlingly, 8 of the 10 Commonwealth countries that still cling to the Judicial Committee (JC) of the Privy Council as their final court of appeal are Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states. Forty-three of the 52 remaining Commonwealth countries (not counting Britain) have long since left this hang-over from British colonialism. These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. Rightly, most Commonwealth countries, who were tied to the JC of the Privy Council when they were colonies or dominions of Britain, see no good reason why their final appellate court should continue to be distant British persons, appointed by … Continue reading

The CCJ – A Court for the People

Throughout the 185-year history of the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council, it has never provided access for people of little means except for a few persons on death row who got free legal service from British lawyers. This stands in stark contrast to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) where, in the three years following its inception in 2005, civil appeals outnumbered criminal appeals by almost seven to one. About 15 per cent of the civil cases filed in the CCJ were from persons too poor to pay filing costs which the court waived, giving poor people unprecedented … Continue reading

The CCJ Referendum

by Ray Roberts What difference will the CCJ make to an increasing corrupted Grenada democracy? This is a very important question that should be pondered upon and not answered immediately. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley said all the right things and gave good reasons why Grenadians ought to vote for the Caribbean Court of Justice in the November Referendum. However, what difference will the CCJ make to an increasingly corrupted Grenada democracy? Well if there are more sinners than saints in the Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell’s NNP House then it does not matter. Grenadians ought not to be fooled … Continue reading