Caribbean Court of Justice President Congratulates CARICOM on 50th Anniversary
Justice Adrian Saunders, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has extended his congratulations to all Caribbean nationals for the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Justice Saunders issued a formal statement earlier today, speaking on the importance that the milestone means for the Caribbean within the region and those within the diaspora. Saunders said quote “It is a mark of distinction to be recognized as the oldest surviving integration movement in the developing world. Our forebears demonstrated great vision when forming this Community, and for this, we pay them tribute. The CCJ regards itself as a prime example of Caribbean ingenuity. The institutional arrangements developed to fund the Court and to select and appoint Judges have been praised the world over for their uniqueness,” end of quote. He added that the CCJ will continue to play its own part in consolidating CARICOM’s achievements by ensuring it provides accessible, fair and efficient justice to all CARICOM residents and member states. While CARICOM was established in July 1973, the CCJ was established in Trinidad and Tobago in February 2001 under the revised treaty of Chaguaramas. The CCJ serves as the final appellate jurisdiction court for Barbados, Guyana and Belize, replacing the judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the United Kingdom.