Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Delroy Chuck, is refuting a suggestion by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton, that many of those who are opposed Jamaica’s full subscription to the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, are being influenced by a former legislator.
Justice Panton, made the comment last Friday during a luncheon at the Grand Palladium Hotel in Hanover.
He says those who are against the replacement of the UK based Privy Council with the CCJ are misguided and want Jamaica to be forever dependent on England for justice.
Justice Panton suggested that JLP parliamentarians are being infleunced in their stance on the CCJ, by an unnamed former legislator.
This is what he told the Cornwall Bar Association last Friday.
That’s being rejected by the Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Delroy Chuck.
During his address, Justice Panton noted that Jamaica cannot remain dependent on the UK, whose commitment to Jamaica is motivated only by self-interest.
Mr. Chuck says the JLP has been consistent that if the Privy Council is to be replaced, then it must be by a final Jamaican court.
In his address, Justice Panton, argued that of the three branches of Government, the judiciary has been the most outstanding, performer since Independence 53 years ago. Yet it has received only weak support from those attorneys who sit in parliament.
Mr. Chuck agrees with him.