Jamaica rethinks opposition to CCJ

KINGSTON, Jamaica, October 8, 2009 - The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government, which has up to now not supported signing on to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), seems to be softening its position.

The debate over the lack of support for the CCJ was renewed in recent weeks after British jurist Lord Phillips, days before he took up the post of the president of the British Supreme Court this month, complained that he and senior justices spend a “disproportionate” amount of time hearing legal appeals from independent countries from the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries.

The CCJ has both an original and appellate jurisdiction, but while most CARICOM countries are members of the original jurisdiction, only Barbados and Guyana have signed on to the appellate jurisdiction.