During a discussion with CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, the Dominican national spoke on the Caribbean Court of Justice, expressing pride in the Caribbean having its own final appellate court while speaking of other countries that are in the process of coming on board.
IRWIN LAROCQUE : “I am very proud with the fact that we have been able as a community to have our own court, which is a signal of the political maturity as a nation. If you don’t have your court and you have others outside determining your justice for you and your jurisprudence you have something lacking in your nationalism and Belize was one of the first three and we now have four; we have Belize, Guyana, Barbados and Dominica joined last year. I believe that there are about two or three others that are working to join. I’m hoping that that can happen before the end of the year. I know that Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda have all signaled their intention to go in that direction. Different countries have different constitutional arrangements so there are different ways of doing it. So I’m hopeful that before the year is up and as Prime Minister said there would be one or two other who will join in to complete the circle of our independence and our nationalism.”
The Caribbean Court of Justice was established in 2001 and is located in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean Court of Justice replaces the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for both civil and criminal matters. Belize joined Dominica, Barbados and Guyana in 2015, making the CCJ is final appellate court.