Jamaica Business News: The people of Antigua and Barbuda accompanied by Guyana went to the polls on November 6, 2018, to determine whether they would replace the Privy Council for the Caribbean Court of Justice. The Barbudans and Grenadians have both rejected the Caribbean Court of Justice. This is a clear indication that is there is disconnect between the people pushing for the Caribbean Court of justice and the people across the region.
Meanwhile, President of CCJ Adrian Saunders, says he respects the decision of Grenadians as well as Antiguans and Barbudians who on voted against having the regional court as their highest appellate court. However, PM of Antigua Gaston Browne has expressed his disappointment with the results.
“The outcome even though disappointing was not surprising. I am satisfied that my government discharged its responsibility by making the option available to the people of Antigua and Barbuda to make justice available to all at the Apex level and to bring our final court to the Caribbean.” PM Gaston Browne
This was Grenada second try in two years to say yes to the CCJ, however, the people of Grenada said that they cannot trust the CCJ system and as such they rejected it.
The CCJ’s mission is to protect and promote the rule of law as a court of final appeal and as guardian of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas by guaranteeing accessibility, fairness, efficiency and transparency, delivering clear and just decisions in a timely manner.
By Mario Galbert
Mckoys News Journalist- International & Business Affairs