CCJ Row Intensifying


The row between the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness regarding the Government’s push to  establishment the CCJ as Jamaica’s final appellate court is intensifying.

The Government needs the support of at least one Opposition Senator if it’s to replace the UK based judicial committee of the Privy Council with the CCJ.

The vote on the  CCJ bills is to take place in Parliament on April 28.

Addressing a recent meeting of the JLP’s Generation 2000 group on the UWI Mona Campus, Andrew Holness said the Simpson Miller administration should back-off from its CCJ push.

The Opposition Leader insisted that the issue of the CCJ should be put to a referendum.

He said the older members of the current political directorate are seeking to impose their will on the masses.

But  Prime Minister Simpson Miller hit back yesterday afternoon saying the Opposition’s stance regarding the CCJ will make life harder for Jamaicans.

Speaking to the media outside Gordon House, Mrs. Simpson Miller was asked whether she’s confident her administration will get the support of at least 1-Opposition Senator in order to put the CCJ in place as Jamaica’s final court

Mrs. Simpson Miller responded by saying should the CCJ bills not be passed Andrew Holness and his labour party should have a guilty conscience.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.