Former attorney general bats for Caribbean Court of Justice

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Former attorney general Henry Dyer Tuesday called on regional countries to support the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) by making it their final court..

Dyer addressed the issue at the opening of the new law term here noting that after 40 years of legal education in the Caribbean “we are still grappling with regards to whether we should de-link from the Privy Council.

The CCJ was established in 2001 by regional government to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.

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16 Comments

  1. RosemarieCSN
    February 4, 2013

    As we endeavour to establish geographical location and identity. Yes, our shackled history though not completely that of bondage as we were still permitted to congregate in the canefields and attend Christian churches and adapt christian names, worship our God. Liberation led us from labour oriented to land ownership of plantations, merchants etc. Independence gave us the confidence that liberated descendants were possessed of sufficient education to charter their own destiny. So, yes, as we endeavour to craft our own jurisprudence and secure the nuances of a caribbean people it is a conclusive decision that the Privy Council will no longer exist because the Final Appellate Court is that of the Caribbean Court of Justice. The multinationals will still have a strong hold because of international policy, convention, the IMF/World bank Policies though the scandanavian countries have been very merciful to the plight of vulnerable economies that are rich and teaming with natural flora and fauna. We all seek to temper the tempest raging storms that are upon our people. We are tired of being dictated to as Jean Rhys says, we were never a people who were understood because of the colour, the loudness and the distance that separates us by way of the ocean.

  2. emelia
    January 24, 2013

    dno you have memoir poul.you knnow you working for them.

  3. joan
    January 24, 2013

    who do we go to for redress when the politicians steal the people .no one will hear the charges.there we go again…judicial review babs

  4. Sout Man
    September 21, 2011

    The reaction here and in the wider Caribbean is not surprising. As the descendants of slaves and former “subjects” of the British crown, we were psychologically manipulated to distrust each other. Many black people, unfortunately, continue to judge each other by the colour of our skin and not by the content of our character.

    The struggle for the recognition and acceptance of the CCJ is no different from the struggle faced by the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the CXC. After all, 10 of the 15 CARICOM member states still have the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, as their Head of State. She is represented by a Governor-General in each of these states. Only Dominica, Haiti, Trinidad, Guyana and Surinam have Presidents as Head of State.

  5. One Love
    September 21, 2011

    8-O not without a REFERENDUM

    I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT EUGENIA AND HER GOVERNMENT OF LAWYERS DID TO PATRICK JOHN JUST TO JAIL HIM FOR NOTHING

    CCJ CAN GO TO HELL SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY

  6. DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
    September 21, 2011

    The Privy Council is the reason why we can’t hang those thugs and hoodlums in the caribbean. Hanging is abolished in England, so when these murders appeal the HIGH COURT DECISION “to hang them” to the Pivy Council their death sentence is automatically commuted to life imprisoment which is bullshit. VOTE CCJ, my people. The same with GCE O’ and A’LEVELS. The White man kept alot of us back from going to Universities back in our days when university is simply a continuation of High School. You don’t have to have A’levels or 10 O’Levels to go to college. All this was pure bullshit. Abolish O and A LEVELS from the white man in England.

  7. Anonymous
    September 21, 2011

    CCJ is the same circle of friends that exist in our local courts, leave me for the white man in his wig to do judgement for me papa.

  8. ineedfree
    September 21, 2011

    Staying with the PC signifies :

    1: the lack of integrity among the Caribbean authorities is propelling fear of injustice among the everyday people being the order of the day. The signs are there for all to see.

    2: the manifestation of mental slavery causes us to have an undying attachment to our former and cruel slavers. That spells out apathy.

    On the other hand, we question the moral authority of ALL the leaders in the Caribbean. They seem to be behaving like the house slaves who dont respect the field slaves. This mental and economic slavery applies mostly as it is very apparent that they relish in the suffering of the majority while they mimic the slavers.

    What is the control mechanism to keep those renegade leaders in check?

    The concept of slavery is now on a next level

    • zandoli
      September 21, 2011

      Totally agree….Some admire their former masters and aspire to emulate them…doing the same to their own kind given the chance. They accomplish this by instilling fear in the weak. Some argued against independence….Now with the chance to take full control of our decisions of justice we are in fear because our leaders appear to resemble the colonial master too closely, save for the skin colour. In all that is said, we have to move on at some point, and hope that future generations will reap the benefit.

  9. littleboy
    September 21, 2011

    In other words Mr Dyer, What you are saying is, I scratched your back so scatch mine too. By this I mean, when you vote for the CCJ, then in return they will support currupt leaders and we the people will continue to suffer injustice by politicians who are dead currupt, but know they can do whatever they feel to our constitution and nothing will happen to them, since the judge is their friend and has to return favors. It’s a big No to CCJ! This current case at the court and the previous ruling of justice Thom is proof that we should run away from it and have neutral judges like the privy counsel just as they have neutral umpires in cricket. The only people that will benifit from CCJ are politicians and lawyers like yourself.

  10. Andrea
    September 21, 2011

    The question is:

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of supporting the CCJ over the London based Privy Council and vice versa. When we have that analysis we could make a decision and know what our vote would accomplish.

  11. Remember the Bible
    September 21, 2011

    Vote no to the CCJ!!Too much influence peddling and political interference in the court systems in the Caribbean.. WE want the privy council! NO to the CCJ! NO!

    • zandoli
      September 21, 2011

      It’s so nice to remain a house slave. Warm home to sleep in, free food, ect. ect. Master will take care of us…let’s sell out those hard working field slaves who want freedom so we can keep our easy cosy way of life. You’re pathetic! You dont see the value of taking responsibility for your own self. Obviously you are still a slave….the chains bind your mind…

      • Remember the Bible
        September 21, 2011

        A house slave is more brutal than the slave master himself!! I would rather the slave master! You are under an illusion of freedom Sir!! It is worse than slavery itself because you accept it as freedom, and do nothing to free yourself from it!!
        Talking about value for taking responsibility for yourself, look around you! look well is what you see in Dominica taking responsibility for yourself?? And you think that I am the pathetic one? I would trade places with a slave who knows that he is enslaved, than with one who is thinks he is free but is enslaved any day, and we would work together to gain our freedom!

  12. MARIGOT
    September 21, 2011

    YES MR DYER, YOU EDUCATED GUYS TEND TO KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS WHEN IT SUITS YOUR AGENDA,ACCEPT CCJ SO THAT ALL WRONGS CAN BECOME RIGHT AND RIGHT WRONG,SO THAT A CASE BEFORE THE COURTS IN DOMINICA CAN BE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG . MR DYER EXAMINE YOUR CONSCIENCE AND THEN ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION.THANK GOD WE HAVE A JUDGE W HO IS IMPARTIAL AND JUST.

  13. TUFF GONG BLUNT
    September 21, 2011

    dyer is a politician, what do you expect. those politicians will manipulate this(CCJ) system since they are the ones putting them there.
    give me the privy council, more transperent

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