St. Lucia Moves to Join CCJ

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The St Lucia Government says it will soon table legislation that will allow the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council.

Prime Minister, Dr Kenny Anthony, says St Lucia has a provision in its Constitution which allows it to replace the Privy Council with the CCJ, without the need to call a referendum.

Dr. Anthony says he has written to the British Government advising it that St Lucia wishes to delink from the Privy Council.

In March this year, Dominica became the first member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS to join the CCJ in both its original and appellate jurisdictions.

Dominica joined Barbados, Belize and Guyana as Caribbean states to have signed up fully to the CCJ.