Legal Affairs Minister Ian Douglas has said the time is ripe to push for the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final court of appeal.

Douglas, who was at the time delivering an address at the official launch of the first free law fair in Dominica on Saturday, questioned whether legal professionals have done all it could in pushing for the establishment of the CCJ. He said the populace may not understand all the issues surrounding the debate.

The Caribbean Court of Justice shall perform to the highest standards as the supreme judicial organ in the Caribbean Community. In its original jurisdiction it ensures uniform interpretation and application of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, thereby underpinning and advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

As the final court of appeal for member states of the Caribbean Community it fosters the development of an indigenous Caribbean jurisprudence.