Discussions are continuing around the island, as Dominica makes preparations to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appeals court.
Legal Affairs Minister Ian Douglas, who has been at the forefront of these town hall discussions, said the plan is to remove all doubts from citizens’ minds about the CCJ.
“There are various concerns that come up. We have had public forums in Cottage, Castle Bruce and we will move to Grandbay and other parts of the country. A lot of people are raising issues of political interference and money to run the court,” he explained to DNO.
According to Douglas, the CCJ will be insulated from all political interference.
“There are new mechanisms that have never before been used from any courts in the world to insulate the court against governmental interference. It is about time that we make this move. It is only fitting that we continue that independence process,” he stated.
Douglas said Belize, Guyana and Barbados have already abolished appeals to the Privy Council and “that is what Dominica is trying to do”.
In May prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit said Dominica will send a letter to the British government seeking permission to recognize the CCJ, replacing the London-based Privy Council.