Dominica has received approval to leave the UK’s Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal.
The Prime Minister today announced on DBS radio: “I just need to inform the country that Dominica has received no objection from the government of the United Kingdom with regards to our decision to de-link from the Privy Council”. Last year, the Dominica Government wrote to the British Government requesting its ‘no objection’ to go forward with de-linking from the Privy Council. This is a requirement of the Dominica constitution.
Mr Skerrit said, “That now paves the way for us to take the bill to Parliament to finally join the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.” Mr Skerrit called the decision “good news.”
He noted that the British government “had no difficulty in approving of this no objection to our request and we’re very pleased to receive that no objection”. He said that if the British government had not granted the “no objection” there would have had to have been a referendum
“It’s good news for the process of us recognising our own courts in the region,” Mr Skerrit stated.The Prime Minister said that the decision was also a positive development for “our march to greater integration within the Caricom region.”
The CCJ, which has its headquarters in Port of Spain, was established in 2001 by Caricom heads of government to serve as a substitute for the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Dominica signed the agreement on 15 February 2003. The CCJ began its operations in 2005.